Backyard spider snares pests
WHEN you see a spider your natural reaction might be to scream.
But some types of spiders can be an asset to any yard.
St Andrew's cross spiders are fantastic backyard buddies as they spin big webs that easily snare insects such as flies, mosquitoes, moths and other bugs.
They are not aggressive towards people and their bite is not toxic.
The Foundation of National Parks and Wildlife chief executive Steve Corbett said the St Andrew's cross spider was a great buddy to have.
"They eat up flies, mosquitoes, moths, insects and skinks that get caught in their web," Mr Corbett said.
"They are also a great source of food for friarbirds, silvereyes, and lizards."
He said there was no risk to humans by having them in your garden.
"St Andrews cross spiders are not aggressive towards people and their bite is not toxic," Mr Corbett said.
They can also build webs up to 1m wide in front of bushy plants, and 1-2 m above the ground.