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Sydney is home to some of the world’s most dangerous spiders including the funnel-web spider and redback spider. There are two types of spiders in Sydney, spiders that create webs and those that prefer to hide around your garden, in holes and crevices. Most spiders found around the home are harmless. In most cases, common sense and regular pest control will help in keeping the family safe from spiders. However, some spiders may pose a threat as their bites are extremely painful and potentially fatal.
How to prevent spiders from invading your property:
- Repair cracks and crevices with gap filler.
- Cover vents and weepholes with mesh.
- Ensure all windows have flyscreens.
- Reduce leaving on external lights at night as these attract insects that spiders use for food.
How to stay safe from spiders in Australia:
Here are some simple tips on how to prevent spiders from causing serious harm.
- Do not leave clothes with pockets drying overnight outside in the garden.
- Do not leave shoes outside in the garage or under the house uncovered.
- Wear working gloves when working in your garden.
- Don’t walk barefoot outside at night.
Spiders in Australia
According to the News Australia, a new species of ”˜peacock’ spider has been discovered. Yes, that’s right. This is a new discovery for a country already brimming with eight-legged creatures. The truth is, Aussies aren’t new to the spider epidemic, especially since the rainy season this year contributed to the problem. And while spiders may not be your favourite creatures to look at, they are fascinating to learn about. However, the last thing you want is to keep an uninvited guest in your house feeling welcomed.
One of the worst things about spiders is that they have a penchant for showing up in places we least expect them to be. In bathrooms, underneath the table, on the staircases””these are some of the many places they like to hide. Depending on the species, some of them go unnoticed until you have a full-blown infestation. Because they come in various shapes and sizes, it makes some species even harder to detect!
Here are some facts about Australian spiders:
- Australia has about 2,000 species of spider and the vast majority of them are harmless to humans.
- Simple household tricks such as closing windows, installing simple weather strips on doors and even flyscreens keep most spiders out from the home.
- Immediate medical assistance required for funnel-web, mouse, red-back or white-tailed spider bite.
Types of Spiders in Australia
Did you know spiders have been ranked number 7 for diversity? There are hundreds of species of spiders, with Australia hosting 2,400 different species! Here are a few of the most dangerous species in Australia:
The Sydney Funnel-Webs
It’s probably the deadliest spider in the world (unless there’s a new discovery, of course) because of the venom inside its body. It produces a highly toxic venom which it injects using its large fangs.
Luckily, funnel web spiders are mostly found in the forests of New South Wales. But they can also be found in urban areas, crawling into backyards to hide from humidity. Although their size is 1.5cm, their fangs are larger than a snake’s! Sometimes they can be found lurking near swimming pools. Unfortunately, there are more than 40 types of funnel-web spiders. Luckily, anti-venom has been developed and has proven to be highly effective against these critters. They’re more active during in warmer months, mainly March and November.
If nightmares had a new name, it would be ”˜Redneck Spider’. This type of spider is common in urban areas, hiding in shelters and mailboxes. While there’s no fixed number of redneck spider bites, around 2000 are reported every year. The female redback spiders are the ones that bite the most and are 1cm in size, being bigger than their male counterparts. What sets these spiders apart from others is that they have a red marking on their back, hence their name.
Once victim, the victim will be in excruciating pain. Depending on the severity of the bite, the pain can last for hours. Other than this, lethargy and nausea are common symptoms.
Not as friendly as Mickey Mouse, mouse spiders are found near rivers and waterways. Unfortunately, their venom and bite is similar to funnel-web spiders. This can make them difficult to tell apart. Luckily, they are less aggressive than funnel-web spiders and are known to be lethargic. However, when provoked, they can prove to be a ferocious enemy. They are active during daytime, unlike other species of spiders.
Trap-door spiders are excellent at camouflaging, hence their name. This helps them lure in prey. They’re common in urban areas but depending, their bite can cause minor problems for humans. If the person is sensitive, their bite can lead to nausea, malaise and lethargy.
Consult an expert when it comes to spider control!
While spiders are scary, remember that there’s light at the end of the tunnel. Calling pest control services can help prevent the problem from taking place. A professional pest control service can also help identify areas in your house that are vulnerable to spiders.
Masters Pest Control Sydney uses effective tools and products to remove spiders without any problems. The products used by our specialists are child and pet-friendly.
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How do you know if you’ve been bitten by a spider?
Symptoms of a venomous spider bite may include:
- Redness and itching
- Increasing pain
- Sweating (perspiring)
- Dilated pupils
- Uncontrollable muscle spasms
Spider bites and venom
Most spiders use venom to paralyse their prey, usually flying insects that get caught in their intricate webs. Spiders may only bite humans when they feel threatened and when they do, their fangs are usually not strong enough to break the human skin. Spider venom usually has no long lasting effect on the human body and pain management is through an icepack.
However, there are a few Australian spiders that can cause bites resulting in hospital care. They include the funnel-web, the mouse, the red-back and the white-tailed spiders. Babies, young children, the elderly and people with an existing heart conditions are at great risk to these spider bite. Some people also experience allergic reactions to certain venoms and this requires immediate medical treatment. If in doubt, see your doctor, go to the emergency department of your nearest hospital or dial triple zero (000) to call an ambulance.
Antivenoms are available for the treatment of red-back and funnel-web spider bite.
First aid for spider bites
Appropriate first aid for venomous spider bites depends on the species of spider. In all cases, never cut a spider bite or tourniquet a limb. Don’t give the person anything to eat or drink. Seek immediate medical help.
- When bitten by a funnel-web and mouse spider, the first thing you need to do is to firmly bandage the affected area. Splint if possible. Make sure the person lies still, because not moving will help to slow the venom moving through the body.
- If you’ve been bitten by a red-back and white-tailed spider, you need to wash the bitten area thoroughly. Do not bandage because pressure will increase pain. Apply an icepack.
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