Mantis Pest Control is a friendly, family run business providing an affordably priced and reliable service in spider control, Australia’s leader in effective pest control. When it is a reliable and thorough spider treatment you need, Mantis Pest Control are the team to call!

At Mantis Pest Control our spider treatment and spider control are thorough, concentrating on areas were spiders may be concealed.

In Australia, the main spiders of concern are Red Backs and White Tail spiders

If bitten by any poisonous spider, treatment should be sought immediately. If uncertain phone your nearest poisons information centre on 13 11 26

Red Back Spider Control and Spider Treatment

Because the venom produced by spiders varies greatly, effective spider control and spider treatments also vary. The Red Back, in comparison to its size is more toxic than the Funnel Web. Although the Red Back spider is not aggressive, if bitten the venom of the Red Back is very toxic and the bite extremely painful. Only the female Red Back bites. There is an anti-venom available for the Red Back.

Female Red back Spiders are black (occasionally brownish) with an obvious orange to red longitudinal stripe on the upper abdomen, with the red stripe sometimes being broken, and an “hourglass” shaped red/orange spot on the underside of the abdomen.

The males’ red markings are often less distinct. The body is light brown with white markings on the upper side of the abdomen, and a pale hour-glass marking on the underside.

Size range

1 cm (female); 3 mm – 4 mm (male)

Location

They are found Australia-wide and will live almost anywhere as long as there is adequate food, a sheltered web site and warm enough for breeding. They are especially common in disturbed and urban areas, in association with human habitation.

Danger to humans and first aid

Only the female bite is dangerous. They can cause serious illness and have caused deaths. However, since Redback Spiders rarely leave their webs, humans are not likely to be bitten unless a body part such as a hand is put directly into the web, and because of their small jaws many bites are ineffective. The venom acts directly on the nerves, resulting in release and subsequent depletion of neurotransmitters.

Common early symptoms are pain (which can become severe), sweating (always including local sweating at bite site), muscular weakness, nausea and vomiting. Antivenom is available.

Apply an ice pack to the bitten area to relieve pain. Do not apply a pressure bandage (venom movement is slow and pressure worsens pain). Collect the spider for positive identification. Seek medical attention.

If bitten by any poisonous spider, treatment should be sought immediately. If uncertain phone your nearest poisons information centre on 13 11 26

White Tail Spider Control and Spider Treatment

White-tailed Spiders are also hazardous to humans and so require expert spider control and spider treatments to reduce that risk. White-tailed spiders have a dark reddish to grey, cigar-shaped body and dark orange-brown banded legs. The grey dorsal abdomen bears two pairs of faint white spots (less distinct in adults) with a white spot at the tip; the male has a hard, narrow plate on the front of the abdomen. The two common species in southern Australia. Their bites have been controversially implicated in causing severe skin ulceration in humans.

Size range

Females 18 mm, Males 12 mm

Location

White Tail Spiders are found across southern Australia (south east Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania, Western Australia

Danger to humans and first aid

White-tailed Spider bites can cause initial burning pain followed by swelling and itchiness at the bitten area. Occasionally, blistering or local ulceration have been reported – conditions known medically as necrotising arachnidism. As well as the spider’s venom, minor bacterial infection of the wound may be a contributory factor in such cases.

If bitten by any poisonous spider, treatment should be sought immediately. If uncertain phone your nearest poisons information centre on 13 11 26

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