What to do if you find a spider in your car
For many people, it’s their worst nightmare - eight spider legs staring at you from the steering wheel. Here’s how to deal with creepy crawlies in your car, and prevent them from getting there.
It’s just a part of living in Australia, and it can happen to anyone: you’re driving along when your Spidey senses start tingling. Perhaps you’ve spotted a web, felt something brush across your leg, or you’ve spotted eight eyes and legs staring out at you. What do you do?
The answer is not to panic.
While it may catch you off guard at first, your priority is to remain calm and stay safe on the road.
Whether you’re trying to keep them out, or need to get a spider out of your vehicle, here are the best tips on the web for dealing with spiders in your domain. And remember, when heading on your own adventure, stay road trip happy by updating your RACV Emergency Roadside Assistance coverage before you leave.
How do spiders get in the car?
Spiders are curious by nature, with many eyes and legs ready to crawl and explore. While there are over 10,000 different species of spiders in Australia alone, typically, they are attracted to confined spaces providing warmth, dirt, and dust.
As well as the obvious – open doors or windows – spiders can get into your car through small cracks in the roof, window rails, or the edge of the car door.
Once inside, your new passenger may wish to crawl to a hiding spot that doesn’t vibrate, such as the car ceiling, steering wheel, dash, or the infamous sun visor.
Without being found, spiders can survive for many months inside the vehicle, particularly if there are other bugs or crumbs present.
What do I do if a spider is in my car?
Although it is easier said than done for some, don’t panic. No spider-related deaths have occurred in Australia since 1979, so the chances of this are extremely low. What is more important is that you maintain control of your vehicle to avoid accident or injury.
The best thing to do if you notice a spider in your vehicle is to continue driving until you find a safe space to pull over and remove it.
Remember, the spider is also frightened and looking for somewhere to hide, and will only tend to bite if threatened. As the saying goes – if you want to live and thrive, let the spider run alive.