What Attracts Redback Spiders

As Brisbane professionals specialising in pest control, we’re often asked what attracts redbacks to a property and how you should get rid of them.

In this article, we’ll talk about what attracts a redback spider, and how you can get rid of them.

What Attracts Redback Spiders?

There are several things that attract redback spiders, and encourage them to make your home their own. Here, we’ll discuss some of the most common and what you need to do to help deter them.


Redback spiders flourish in warm climates, which is why they are particularly drawn to tropical regions or warmer spaces like those found on the Sunshine Coast and in Brisbane. While turning on the air conditioner may not always be enough to deter these venomous spiders, it is something you need to be aware of if you live in these areas.

Outdoor Furniture

Outdoor furniture – with all its crooks and crannies – is a haven for spiders of any kind, especially redback spiders. If it’s been a while since you’ve used or cleaned your outdoor furniture, make sure redback spiders have not moved in in your absence.

Shoes & Gloves

If there’s a particular pair of shoes or gloves you use when out in the yard, you may want to check it for redbacks before you wear them again. This is particularly the case if they’ve been stored outside, as these places attract redback spiders and make great new homes for them.

Children’s Outdoor or Swimming Toys

Is your child often leaving their toys or swimming equipment out in the rain when they finish with it? If so, they could accidentally be creating a breeding ground for redback spiders; be certain you check and clean these things before they’re used again.

Storage Sheds and Letterboxes

They may be practical but storage sheds and letterboxes are the go-to for redback spiders when they’re looking for a new home. Make sure you check these places regularly (and anything you may store there if you want to avoid these unwelcome visitors.


Have you been doing some yard maintenance and have leftover sticks or leaves on your property. Be careful when it comes time to dispose of them because redbacks love to make their home in all that rubbish you’ve left behind. To avoid this, clear up as you go or, if it’s not possible to do that, at least check carefully when the time comes to get rid of the mess.

How to Get Rid of Redback Spiders

You may be tempted to try and address your redback spider infestation yourself, but given the danger of redback spiders and the potential health issues a severe redback spider bite may cause, this is not something we would recommend.

The best thing to do is to contact our fully qualified pest control experts to arrange a professional inspection and treatment on your property.

If you are concerned about redback spiders on your property, contact our experienced team today.