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Redback Spiders Western Sydney

Redback Spiders  Western Sydney

 

Redback Spiders Western Sydney
Redback Spiders Western Sydney

 

Redback spiders also known as Latrodectus Hasselti come from the family of Theridiidae and is a native spider here in Australia.

Unfortunately, Redback Spiders Western Sydney is known to pack a punch of a bite if bitten and their venom has the capabilities to kill a human if not treated. (Did you know that antivenom was made in 1956).

Only the female Redback Spider can deliver a very painful bite, whereas the male Redback Spider don’t usually bite humans unless provoked.

Many poets and songwriters have made this feisty little Redback Spiders Sydney famous.

So, what is a Redback Spiders Western Sydney?

Female Redback Spiders can sometimes be a brown colour, but they are more commonly black with a nice red or orange stripe on their upper and below abdomen.

Male Redback Spiders do have the traditional red to orange markings, but it is not a prominent as the female Redback spider, sometimes the male can be a light brown with white Markings.

Habitat Redback Spiders Western Sydney

Redback spiders tend to live in messy webs which will generally be sticky, so it can catch its prey.

They can build their webs just about on anything and anywhere and can be in unsuspecting places such as a outside toilet.

Redback Spiders  prefers sheltered and dry areas such as rocks, shrubs, logs, piles of debris and junk, sheds and it is becoming more bolder by coming inside of our homes or businesses.

 

Redback Spiders Western Sydney
Redback Spiders Western Sydney

 

Breeding behaviours Redback Spiders Western Sydney

The male Redback Spider don’t create a web but rather they can be found on the corners of a female Redback Spider.

The male Redback Spider will actively assist the female Redback Spider in what is called the sexual cannibalism when mating.

Male Redback Spider will place his abdomen over the female redback spiders’ mouthparts and she will consume all of the male redback spiders most of the time, any males that do survive the mating ritual will generally succumb to their injuries and die a short time after the mating ritual has taken place.

Lifecycle Redback Spiders Western Sydney

After the mating ritual has ended the female Redback Spider will store the male redback spider’s sperm and can use that sperm over a two-year period.

Female Redback Spider will spend quite a bit of time producing their white to off brown egg sacks which is roughly the size 1CM diameter, she can produce roughly up to ten egg sacs a year with over 250 eggs inside.

The female Redback Spider will deposit her egg sac in her silk web and then it will take roughly anywhere from two – four weeks later for spiderlings to hatch.

Female Redback Spider will mature roughly at the four-month mark whereas the male redback spiders will generally mature roughly 90 days.

Diet Redback Spiders Western Sydney

Redback Spiders will feed on most other insects and can be found to consume small prey such as lizards, small snakes and king crickets.

Further Reading:

Moment redback spider sees Snake prey.

Redback spiders

Christmas Beetles on the decline

Christmas Beetles on the decline

 

Christmas Beetles on the decline
Christmas Beetles on the decline

 

Growing up in the 80s and 90s there was an abundance of Christmas Beetles each year.

 

I remember on many occasions my brother and myself having competitions on who could catch the most Christmas beetles, needless to say my little brother would always win as he would forage for hours looking for the christmas beetles.

 

So why don’t we see Christmas Beetles like we use to when we were younger.

 

According to the daily telegraph Christmas Beetles are declining because of climate change.

 

Over the last four springs the climate has been somewhat dry and warm which means that with the ground being so hard the Christmas Beetle larvae is unable to crawl its way out from underneath the soil and therefore resulting in them being defenceless underneath the soil and dying.

 

Another major factor of the Christmas Beetle being on the decline is the removal of the eucalyptus trees as this is their main source of their food diet.

 

The larvae needs to be able to come up through the soil so they can reproduce and carry on their legacy.

 

Something I didn’t know was that according to records that about a century ago the Christmas Beetle was evident in Darling Harbour that they were actually called the Darling Harbour Beetle and that there was such an abundance of them that the tree branches use to hang in the water due to the branches being so heavy with Christmas Beetles.

 

So if you happen to see these little beauties please don’t step on them or kill them rather pick one up and inspect them, see what they look like, see their tiny robust bodies, let your kids pick them up and investigate.

 

Article Inspiration courtesy of the Daily Telegraph.

Christmas Beetles on the decline

Natural Ways To Get Rid Of Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes

 

Each and every one of us has been bitten at some point in our lives by mosquitoes.

 

That annoying itchy feeling after we have been bitten by mosquitoes is the worst, scratching like a mad man whether it be on the bus to work or the comfort in our homes.

 

With mosquitoes come diseases depending where the mosquitoes have come from. Only female mosquitoes will bite their unsuspecting victims.

 

The diseases that are associated with mosquitoes are:

 

  • Malaria
  • Yellow fever
  • Dengue fever
  • Chikungunya
  • Ross river virus
  • Murray valley encephalitis
  • Barmah forest virus

 

What attracts mosquitoes to bite us and how can we get rid of them in a natural way?

 

When mosquitoes bite their victims they will also inject their salvia into the skin to prevent your blood clotting. Their salvia is what causes the itch once we have been bitten.

 

  • Lemon scented geranium is great, mosquitoes can’t stand this plant
  • Remove any water source which is on your property as this is the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes
  • Install fly screens over windows and a screen door both for your front and back door
  • In a small dish place left over coffee which has been grounded and mix with a small amount of water
  • Citronella candles are great if you are having a BBQ
  • Get a small dish and place one camphor tablet and dilute with water (you can get these tablets from chemist warehouse
  • Put a cover over your pool, if you have a baby pool turn it over and turn buckets upside down
  • Put pets water bowls away at the end of the day so mosquitoes cannot breed
  • In an oil burner place one teaspoon of vanilla oil and one teaspoon of olive oil and let the aromas deter the mozzies
  • Catnip plants and oils will also work a treat
  • Lemon eucalyptus oil in an oil burner just watch the mosquitoes disappear

 

Further Reading:

Mosquitoes In Sydney

Mosquito Facts

What Services Does Redline Pest Control Have To Offer