I knew as soon as hubby called out “Babe, are you there?” that something had happened. It was in the tone of his voice. I could hear Dora crying as I approached the front door of our home.
“Is everything okay?” I asked.
“Potentially…” was hubby’s reply.
You see, Dora had been making friends with this creature in the front yard. She had picked it up and hubby found her with it crawling over her hand.
It’s not the best photo (as I didn’t want to get too close) but it was a decent sized redback spider.
Hubby had flicked it up and out of her hand and then squashed it. She was left in tears.
For me, the panic had already started to set in. Was she crying because she had been whisked away from her play date or was she sporting a redback bite? We looked over Dora thoroughly. With no visible bite marks and no pain in the area, we decided to do some web searching rather than taking a trip to the hospital at that stage.
Apparently, a redback spider bite is excruciatingly painful. Dora seemed upset but was calming down. In fact, we distracted her and she stopped fussing pretty quickly. Even though we had read that no one had died from a redback spider bite since the 1950s, we monitored her very closely for the rest of the day. We felt we’d escaped a very close call with a spider bite.
Because she is such a nature lover, she picks up bugs, ants and crawly things without a care. We have had a big talk to her about not touching spiders and are now constantly reminding her to look and not touch.
Far out! What a scare.
We do get a lot of spiders in and around our house. Inside they are usually very small and tend to be in the ceiling corners. I spray them when I think of doing so.. I don’t want them growing bigger.
They have been less frequent since using Raid Automatic. If they are being kept outside and away from my family then I am very happy.
From The CSIRO Website:
Pest status and management
Redback spiders are not aggressive, and rarely leave the web. However caution is advised as their bite is very poisonous and potentially fatal for children or the elderly.
After a bite, the onset of pain may be delayed for five minutes then increase in intensity. Subsequent symptoms vary but have included:
- abdominal or generalised pain
- muscle spasm
Anyone bitten by a redback spider should seek medical attention.
Do not bandage the bite but apply iced water and take simple painkillers.
An antivenene is available and very effective.
Manage redback spiders by learning to recognise their webs and the kinds of places they live. Always take care when gardening or moving objects where redback spiders might be hiding.
Fumigation has only temporary effects on redback spider numbers and kills its natural enemies.
CSIRO Entomology is not currently researching redback spiders. This is provided for information only.
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