As the days are becoming increasingly warmer, we have seen a large increase in Redback spider activity. Hot days together with wet weather periods have forced these spiders to seek cooler shelter in-doors or under outdoor items.
The Redback spider is very common in South Australia and is well known for administering a painful bite to an unwitting victim.
Redback spider dangers
We recently completed a spider pest control treatment at a home in Panorama where the homeowner was concerned about spiders in the outdoor living areas.
Upon arrival, we quickly found a number of Redback spiders nested in and under children’s toys such as bikes, playground equipment and plastic infant toys.
Naturally, our customer was horrified and asked us to complete the treatment immediately to ensure the safety of their children.
Spiders can also cause health issues for household pets. A Daw Park customer’s dog was bitten by a spider and required urgent veterinary treatment, fortunately the dog has recovered well.
What to do if you are bitten by a Redback
If you or a member of your family suffers a Redback spider bite, follow the DRABCD action plan and perform basic First Aid steps.
If severe pain occurs, call 000 for an ambulance immediately.
How to remove Redback spiders from your home
We will conduct an inspection of the property to identify where these spiders are hiding, this will typically include areas such as:
• External walls.
• Behind gutter down pipes.
• Window and door frames.
• Pergola and carport roofs.
• Garden beds.
• Bin areas.
Other areas that are commonly a danger for small children’s hands and pets will include:
• Children’s toys.
• Swing sets, slides.
• Outdoor furniture.
• Dog kennels.
This type of pest control treatment typically takes around 1.5 hours to complete.
• Remove all webs from structures, under eaves and backyard equipment such as swings, trampolines.
• Store children’s toys in one location, preferably off the ground – always take care when handling toys after storage.
• Don’t leave shoes on the ground outside doorways – if you have to, hit them together on against a wall before fitting to your feet.
If you are concerned about Redback spiders at your property, please contact your Amalgamated Pest Control Adelaide for further advice.