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Poisoning Spiders

Allan, our Operations Manager takes great delight in discovering a nest of spiders and applying poison to get rid of them!

Spiders

Deadly and Dangerous Spiders

NOTICE:  MALE SPIDERS HAVE A SMALLER ABDOMEN, LONGER LEGS AND SWOLLEN PALPS (FOR REPRODUCTION)

Toxic and Poisonous Spiders - Painful Bite

WARNING:  MOST OF THESE SPIDERS CAN BE DANGEROUS TO PEOPLE WITH ALLERGIES OR HYPERSENSITIVITIES

Low Risk Spiders

Spider Chart

Spider Chart
Spider Chart
Spider Chart

Spider Bites – First Aid Tips

REDBACK SPIDERS

  • 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.

FIRST AID

  • 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

  • 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
    away!
  • 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.

FIRST AID

  • 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!

FIRST AID

  • 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.

HOUSE SPIDERS

  • 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.

FIRST AID

  • Use ice pack if needed for pain and swelling.
  • Antihistamines and paracetamol for pain may help.

HUNTSMAN SPIDERS

  • 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.