Redback spiders also known as the LatrodectusHasseltii is a venomous spider which is found in Australia.
There are many names that the Redback spider is known as, Murra-Ngura spider, Jockey spider, Reds pot Spider, Red Stripe spider, Kanna-Jeri spider and Kapara spider.
The Redback spider is a one of the few spiders which can be deadly to not only animals but humans too. Redback spider bites start with pain which is around the bite and will progress to sweating, vomiting, headaches and nausea. Redback spiders prey on injecting venom in to insects through its fangs before it wraps the insects into their webs when they suck the liquid from them. Male Redbacks and spiderlings will often feed on the left overs the female Redback will leave behind.
The female Redback spider is recognised by her body which is hour-glassed and has a prominent red strip on her back. The female Redback is much larger than the male Redback.
Redbacks are nocturnal and will spin their messy webs in places which are warm, dry and sheltered.
When Redbacks mate the female Redback will feed on their mating partner. The female Redback can hold the male Redbacks sperm for around 2 years and will reproduce at any time often laying around 250 eggs per cycle. Spiderlings will hatch from their egg sacs around 8 days after being laid. Female Redbacks can live up to 3 years while the male Redback will often live for around 7 months. Male Redbacks will build a small web to which they will deposit their sperm from their balls and will then collect it back through their palp as their organs are not connected. The male Redback will go out in search of his mating partner, once he finds his mating partner he will insert one of his palps in one of 2 spermathecae (which is the organ which holds sperm) and once he has inserted into that orifice he will then insert in to the 2nd orifice. Male Redbacks are the only insect which is known for assisting the female in sexual cannibalism. The male Redback will spin around placing his body on top of the female’s face where her mouth is and she will consume him while they are still mating.
1) Do not panic. Reassure the bit victim whilst keeping them calm and rested.
2) If not in danger take a photo of the spider to show medical assistants.
3) Do not apply a bandage as this will increase the pain. Apply an ice pack to the wound.
4) Seek medical assitance ASAP.
If you have an infestation of Redback spiders call Redline Pest Control on 02 9920 0790 or 0426 002 007 to organise for a highly qualified technician to come out and eradicate the infestation you have.