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Thread: Whitetail spiders- how to keep them away from your dogs

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    Default Whitetail spiders- how to keep them away from your dogs

    Hi, I had a big whitetail in my room (that my dogs share with me) the other nite, and I want to make sure this does not happen again.

    I have sprayed around with Mortein but don't like having that around my dogs, I know they say its safe around pets, but..................

    anyway, someone told me that essential lemon oil put on dogs beds and couple drops around the room is something whitetails (indeed all spiders) absolutely hate, but my question is, is this essential oil safe for my dogs?

    I've been online but get lots of conflicting opinions, some say its perfectly safe diluted, others say no, don't use it at all.

    I would much prefer to use something natural rather than stuff that has perethrin in it, but is it safe? Anyone got any ideas on this one?

    Bella xx

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    Spiders aren't actually as dangerous for dogs as they are humans. We did a pet first aid course and they basically said not to stress too much about them for your dog.

    However, to save yourself from them is another thing. I am sure there is a barrier protector you can get from bunnings or similar that is safe for animals. Saves spraying the mortein around the place. Hopefully someone will come in and shed some light for you.

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    Only a few weeks back I was reading something about how funnel webs are not dangerous to dogs. I can't imagine a whitetail causing any trouble. I have lots of whitetails in my house and they've never been a problem for me or my dog.

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    They are a trouble if you get bitten though.I have seen some nasty spider bite results from a white tail, I confessI am paranoid about them in my house.

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    Quote Originally Posted by farrview View Post
    They are a trouble if you get bitten though.I have seen some nasty spider bite results from a white tail, I confessI am paranoid about them in my house.
    I believe only a very small number of people have bad reactions to white tails spider bites and I'm pretty sure it's actually bacteria that does the damage rather than the venom

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    Oh ok, here's me thinking that they were dangerous if they bit a dog. I know that redbacks are dangerous for dogs, so whitetails are no so much then?

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    I mean whitetails are not so dangerous then?

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    Sorry, my original post was does anyone know if lemon essential oil is ok to be sprinkled around the house, and therefore around dogs??

    I guess the oil it to protect me now lol

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    Sorry don't know about the oil, but wanted to comment on you saying that you would rather use something natural than something that has pyrethrum in it. Pyrethrum is natural - I used to have pyrethrum daisies in my garden - it would be other chemicals in the fly spray that would worry me. Pyrethrum alone is natural and safe as far as I know - will stand corrected if it isn't safe for dogs - that I'm not 100% sure of.

    I see what you mean about conflicting info on the net regarding lemon oil. It seems citrus and pine products are iffy. If they don't ingest it maybe it would be safe, but I would personally find a different oil - there are lots or essential oils insects/arachnids don't like, there might be one that is considered pet friendly. Good luck with it and let us know what you decide

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    This may help:

    White-tailed Spider - Australian Museum

    Also – why not PM a forum member - ‘ejburke32’ - who is an aromatherapist and she can give you the ‘good oil’ on what you could use safely with your pups.
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