Geoffs Life After Work !

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Having lived in Australia for over 30 years I am amazed at the vast variety of spiders living in this great country.I was inspired to write a blog on Arachnids by a friend of mines daughter in Blackpool Lancashire UK by the name of Jacqui ( hope I spelt that right)  having being born and bred in England I grew up like most big masculine men and sadly that is to say “I was terrified of Spiders !!” If I saw a common Daddy Long Legs in the bath I would stand outside the room until some very brave woman would get rid it for me !! ( Same goes for mice etc) Strange how suck small creatures can affect the human species ( how did we ever survive “The Beginning?” )  and of course the good ole British spider is NOT venomous. Here in Australia lots of species are down right dangerous and can kill !! (and I have encountered most of these) Living with these creatures around me has cured me of my Arachnophobia and I am no longer afraid of the little beasties in as much IF I spot one inside the house a jar and stiff piece of paper will see me (or Ann) trap the unsuspecting culprit and take it OUTSIDE.In Western Australia where I lived RedBacks are very common and those I will kill if in the house  ( dangerous to children )       The next paragraphs are taken from Wikipedia and explain Redbacks a lot better than I ever could



Mainly nocturnal, the female redback lives in an untidy web in a warm sheltered location, commonly near or inside human residences. It preys on insects, spiders and small vertebrates that become ensnared in its web. It kills its prey by injecting a complex venom through its two fangs when it bites, before wrapping them in silk and sucking out the liquefied insides. Male spiders and spiderlings often live on the periphery of the female spiders’ web and steal leftovers. Other species of spider and parasitoid wasps prey on this species. The redback is one of few arachnids which usually displays sexual cannibalism while mating. The sperm is then stored in the spermathecae, organs of the female reproductive tract, and can be used up to two years later to fertilise several clutches of eggs. Each clutch averages 250 eggs and is housed in a round white silken egg sac. The redback spider has a widespread distribution in Australia, and inadvertent introductions have led to established colonies in New Zealand, Japan, and in greenhouses in Belgium.

The redback is one of the few spider species that can be seriously harmful to humans, and its preferred habitat has led it to being responsible for the large majority of serious spider bites in Australia. Predominantly neurotoxic to vertebrates, the venom gives rise to the syndrome of latrodectism in humans; this starts with pain around the bite site, which typically becomes severe and progresses up the bitten limb and persists for over 24 hours. Sweating in localised patches of skin occasionally occurs and is highly indicative of latrodectism. Generalised symptoms of nausea, vomiting, headache, and agitation may also occur and indicate severe poisoning. An antivenom has been available since 1956, and there have been no deaths directly due to redback bites since its introduction.

As I have said there are 100,s of different species,some non poisonous,some extremely poisonous BUT leave them alone OR trap them as explained earlier and let them outside In any part of Western Austria for instance if out door furniture is left it is more than likely Redbacks will be found UNDERNEATH the furniture and are very distinguishable by their very untidy spider webs,At all times all it takes is vigilance and to help us along every 6 months I “bomb” my house regardless of whether unwanted creatures are around ( cockroaches perish too !!) Below are some of the Spiders found in Australia and? if you don,t try and seek them,you would probably never see them !!



September 6, 2014 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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