Spiders: D-Tec Pest Solutions
There are more than 2,000 species of Spiders (class Arachnida) in Australia. These belong in the Phylum Arthropoda group. They have 8 legs & most have 8 eyes and their bodies divided into two sections – cephalothorax and abdomen. With their legs and bodies clothed with hairs, there is little wonder that there are people who suffer from Arachnophobia. Most spiders are nocturnal, during the day they are seldom seen. When the light fades the spiders become active and that’s when they are most likely to seek their food.
Places around your home to be careful as spiders like to live in hidden places include inside wardrobes, hiding inside your clothes left on the floor, bedclothes, bathrooms, laundries, behind curtains, inside shoes, window sills, windows, doors and outside under rocks, ground litter, under steps, around pot plants or on your children’s outside toys.
Some simple tips include:
- Wearing gloves in the garden.
- Shaking out your shoes before putting them on.
- Don’t walk outside at night without your shoes.
- Don’t leave clothes lying around.
- Ensure you have insect screens to help prevent them from coming in.
- As it is hard to identify a dangerous spider and you don’t want any of your family to be bitten, it is best to have your place professionally treated.
Redback spiders are found all throughout Australia.
The female is the most dangerous, she not only eats the male spider after mating but she is able to store the sperm of a male and use it over a period of two years to lay several batches of eggs.
She can lay from 40 up to 300 eggs in a sac and usually has approximately 3 to 5 sacs at a time – that’s a lot of spiders!
Which is why it is important to check around your home and have your place treated to prevent you and your family from getting bitten.
Pay particular attention around your home ‘in dry areas’ such us under window sills, the corners of windows and doors, under steps and verandas, in the crevices of bricks, under outdoor furniture – including your children’s outside toys and around pot plants.
A female spider bite can be very toxic and can be potentially fatal to young children and the elderly. Common symptoms from a bite can include:
- muscular weakness
- loss of coordination
– SEEK medical advice immediately
– Apply an icepack to the bit (but do not free or damage the unprotected skin)
– Do not use a pressure immobilization bandage.
For further information on Spiders or bookings please call D-Tec Pest Solutions on 1300 725 758.
Remember prevention is always better to make sure you have your annual pest control done.