The White-Tailed Spider also known as the LamponaCylindrata is a native spider which you will find across Australia.
White-Tailed Spiders are a medium size spider and are darkish reddish to greyish colour with a cylindrical body with orange to brown banded legs. They have two pairs of white spots on their abdomen near their spinnerets. Female White-Tailed Spiders are around 18mm long with the male White-Tailed Spider being smaller around 12mm long.
White-Tailed Spiders like to hide out in dark spaces and will emerge out at night time to find their food. White-Tailed Spider doesn’t spin webs but will spin a silken brood chamber in the dark to lay their pinkish eggs with the female often guarding the pinkish eggs from predators. The female White-Tailed Spider will lay roughly 80 to 100 pinkish eggs at one time.
White-Tailed Spider will use its venom to catch their prey rather than spinning a web. The White-Tailed Spider will hunt at night and will feed on other spiders and insects.
White-Tailed Spiders will pack a nasty bite and will often bite on arms and legs. Symptoms of a White-Tailed Spider will be swelling, burning or a stinging sensation, itchiness, discolouration of skin, small lumps where the bite is, ulcers and nausea. If bitten by a White-Tailed Spider you must put an ice pack on the bite and seek medical assistance ASAP.
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 White-Tailed 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.