Allan, our Operations Manager takes great delight in discovering a nest of spiders and applying poison to get rid of them!
Spider Bites – First Aid Tips
- Red back spider bites are common. They very rarely cause death.
- They can cause severe pain at the site of the bite, and more rarely sweating,
muscle weakness, feeling ill and vomiting. There may be tummy pain.
- The symptoms can get worse for an hour or two.
- Apply an icepack to lessen the pain.
- Do not apply a pressure bandage as this can make the pain worse.
- Keep the person as quiet as possible.
- Take the person to a doctor as soon as possible in case anti-venom is needed
(it is usually not needed).
- White-tailed spiders are common. Quite a lot of people get bitten because spiders are found in
homes, perhaps in clothing or shoes left on the floor – another good reason for putting your stuff
- There may be stinging, then an itchy lump.
- These spiders used to be thought to cause ulcers at the site of the bite. This is now known to be
untrue. Probably white-tailed spider bites do not cause much reaction for most people.
- Use an ice pack for the pain and see a doctor if symptoms persist.
FUNNEL-WEB AND MOUSE SPIDERS
- Funnel-web spiders (Eastern Australia) can cause serious health problems and if they are severe
and untreated they may cause death.
- Funnel-web spider bites can be painful.
- Since the use of anti-venom, no-one in Australia has died of a spider bite.
- Clear rubbish where spiders can lurk.
- Don’t annoy spiders – your fun can end up being most unfunny!
- For funnel-web and mouse spider bites, get the person who has been bitten to the doctor or
hospital straight away.
- The effects on the body often start quickly, with tingling of the lips and twitching of the tongue.
- Place a firm pressure bandage over the bite area, then down the limb, and then up again to the
groin or armpit.
- Use a splint to prevent movement.
- Keep the person still so that the poison does not move any faster.
- Try to keep the person calm. These will help prevent the poison from spreading.
- Brown and black house spiders will bite occasionally.
- Their bites may cause local pain and swelling.
- Occasionally there can be skin problems around the bite which takes some time to heal.
- Use ice pack if needed for pain and swelling.
- Antihistamines and paracetamol for pain may help.
- These spiders come into houses, especially in summer. They are usually timid.
- Bites cause pain around the bite and occasionally headache and vomiting.
- If any reactions happen away from the site of the bite with any spider bite, see your doctor.