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Redback Spider

Description:

The Redback Spider is a venomous spider known for its distinctive appearance. The adult female is typically black with a red or orange stripe on its abdomen, which resembles an hourglass shape. Males and juveniles are smaller and often have various markings on their abdomen. Their size ranges from about 1 cm to 1.5 cm (0.4 to 0.6 inches) in body length.

Habitat:

Redback Spiders are commonly found in dark and sheltered locations such as outdoor furniture, garden sheds, and under objects like rocks, logs, and debris. They can also establish their webs in undisturbed areas within homes and buildings.

Danger:

Redback Spider bites can cause varying degrees of pain, discomfort, and local swelling. In severe cases, symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, sweating, and muscle pain. While fatalities are rare due to the availability of antivenom, it’s important to seek medical attention if bitten, especially if symptoms are severe or persist.

First Aid Tips:

If bitten by a Redback Spider, consider the following first aid steps:

  • Wash the area with soap and water.
  • Apply an ice pack to help alleviate pain and reduce swelling.
  • Keep the affected limb elevated.
  • Seek medical attention, especially if experiencing severe symptoms.

Call to Action:

In case of a Redback Spider infestation or a spider-related concern in the Canberra area, it’s recommended to contact a professional pest control service. For assistance, you can reach out to A1 Pest Control Canberra at 0407 065 413. Their experts can assess the situation and provide appropriate solutions to ensure your safety and peace of mind.

Please keep in mind that if you encounter a spider bite or potential infestation, it’s important to consult with healthcare professionals or pest control experts for accurate advice and assistance.

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