Monday, November 12, 2018

Common Spiders in Australia

Spiders In Australia

Australia has some highly venomous spiders, including the Sydney Funnel-web, its relatives in the family Hexathelidae (mouse spider), and the Redback Spider, whose bites can be extremely painful and have historically been linked with deaths in medical records. Most Australian spiders do not have venom that is considered to be dangerously toxic. No deaths caused by spider bites in Australia have been substantiated by a coronial inquest since 1979, but Proven Pest Control have been helping to prevent this even more.

Redback Spider 

The Redback spider is a species of a highly venomous spider believed to only be found in Australia. The redback is one of the few spider species that can be seriously harmful to humans, and its liking for habitats in built structures, gardens, sand pits, outdoor furniture etc. has led it to being responsible for a large number of serious spider bites in Australia. Redbacks are not found inside unless you have walked it in or brought it in on something. Some people may only experience redness, swelling, and itchiness in the area of that bite, and others may experience nausea, diarrhoea, dizziness, sweating etc. This is why it is important not to take that risk and call Proven Pest Control now.

The Funnel-Web Spider

Funnel-web spiders are spiders that build funnel-shapedwebs, which they use as burrows and to trap prey. Three distinct spider families are known as funnel-web spiders, but they are all quite different. Some species are among the most deadly spiders in the world, while others are not harmful to humans. These spiders have a dangerous bite. While they are highly venomous, the male is 6x more toxic than the female. The following bite symptoms are: Intense pain at area of the bite, nausea and abdominal pain follow - the body also secretes heavily in several areas, profuse sweating is usually obvious, along with excessive saliva production, heavy coughing is also common. Virtually all major hospitals in Australia carry an effective anti-venom. Provided a pressure/immobilisation method has been applied soon after the bite and medical attention sought quickly, a few days in the hospital is the usual outcome with complete recovery. Do not move the victim as it spreads the venom. ALWAYS call an ambulance. To avoid this risk, call Proven Pest Control.

The White-tailed Spider

White-tailed spiders are spiders native to southern and eastern Australia, and so named because of the whitish tips at the end of their abdomens. Body size is up to 18mm, with leg-span of 28mm. The bite of a white-tail spider may cause burning pain followed by swelling and itchiness around the site of the bite. Ulceration and rotting of flesh was proven a myth many years ago.

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