Australian Spider beetle
Originating from Tasmania, this species now has full distribution throughout temperate zones of the world, although it favours the indoor environment. Associated with bird’s nests and stored foodstuffs, it is also present in many industrial food storage situations.
The beetles are up to 3.5mm in length and have a thin waist, large abdomen and long legs, giving the insects its spider-like appearance.
The source of infestation should be traced and eliminated. Old bird’s nests/infested food stuffs etc. should be removed and destroyed. Good hygiene practices, stock rotation, quarantine of inbound stock and monitoring should be considered. Fumigation, residual spraying, dusting and temperature / atmospheric control may be applicable.