Brown recluse

Brown recluse

The Brown recluse spider leaves its web at night to hunt it is a nocturnal species, it is native to the United States and is rarely aggressive and believe it or not actual bites from this species are uncommon, read more on the Brown recluse spider and White tailed spider Lampona cylindrata.

Most bite reports are a result of the Brown recluse spider being pressed up against the skin, Brown recluse spider bite may occur in cases such as this where the spider was inside a shoe, glove, or in clothing. It is always good practice when getting the washing off the line to thoroughly shake all clothing for potential hitch hiking Brown recluse spiders to avoid a brown recluse spider bite, many different unwanted insects can also be transported unknowingly back into the home by this method also, to prevent spiders in housewhite tailed spider be sure to shake out all washing from the clothes line.

Brown recluse spider bite

A Brown recluse spider bite may not be felt initially and not painful immediately, the bite will usually become painful and itchy around the bite site around 2 to 8 hours but the majority of brown recluse spider bites do not result in any symptoms at all, a bite from a brown recluse  in some instances can become ulcerated, this is a condition known as necrotising arachnidism, It is estimated that a good 80% of reported brown recluse bites may be misdiagnosed.

Brown recluse spider pic, source wiki

Brown recluse spider bite treatment

For Brown recluse spider bite there are no real set of rules, generally it involves an ice pack being held at the bite site if bitten by a brown recluse but most importantly seek medical attention immediately for safer spider bite treatment. If possible and if it can be done safely capture the spider and put in a secure container so it can be positively identified as the brown recluse is often mistaken for species that look similar.

The Brown recluse spider has a hemotoxic component to its venom and statistics show that most bites from the brown recluse are minor, however there have been numerous cases where clinically diagnosed Brown recluse spider bites have gone on to produce severe necrosis, always seek medical attention in the case of spider bite (including the Brown recluse) as it is always better to be safe then sorry.

Necrotising arachnidism is an ulcer that may take many months to heal. It is said a lot of suspect Brown recluse spider bites are misdiagnosed during spider bite treatment and could in fact be the symptoms of an illness unknown to the victim, there is a test that can be undertaken to test for the presence of brown recluse venom by way of ELISA, Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay, this will determine whether the victim has sustained a bite from a brown recluse or another different species.

The White tailed spider

White tailed spider bite necrosis, fact or fiction?

white tailed spiderThe white tailed spider in Australia has been blamed for Necrotising arachnidism. On countless occasions it has been misdiagnosed much like  Brown recluse spider bite.

The connection between Necrotising arachnidism and the white tailed spider is not a strong one and and is yet to be proven, it is not known whether it is the result of the venom of the white tailed spider or from bacteria, also another suspect is the Australian Wolf spider of which there are more then one species.

The photo to the left is a result of a suspected White tailed spider bite which a friend of mine was unfortunate to receive, this photo was taken 2 weeks after the initial suspect bite taking place and is still in the healing process at the time of writing this article, there had been numerous sightings of white tailed spiders at the time at the location.

I myself (sites Author) have also been unfortunate enough to be bitten in the arch of my left foot by a suspect white tailed spider, although I did not feel the bite (if it were in fact a white tailed spider bite at all) it started a near on 18 month sentence of excruciating pain.

Read on for White tail spider bite symptoms and white tailed spider bite pictures, once again this is a suspected white tail spider bite.

At first the bite site come up in a small what is called a “satellite sore” which is apparently a common symptom of the white tailed spider bite, this within a few days opened up into a half inch deep crater and with necrosis the wound cannot form a scab to protect itself from bacteria leaving it more susceptible to infection which did eventually happened, was this the result of a white tailed spider bite?

white tailed spiderAntibiotics will not do a thing for necrosis, reason being it is not a bacterial infection, it is caused by one of the components of the white tailed spiders venom (apparently) that causes tissue destruction (necrosis) or Necrotising arachnidism

The “necrosis” aids the organism in from which it come in digestion usually turning tissue into a semi liquid form for digestion, some snakes also have tissue, blood and muscle destroying proteins in their venom’s especially the black snake from the genus Pseudechis, To the left is a photo of my foot 15 odd years later, the red arrow indicating the point of envenomation the bite site is still a deep purplish discoloration and all the nerve endings are totally destroyed in that area of the foot, Question is ….. was it really a white tailed spider that was the cause?

There has been much hysteria propagated by the media concerning the link between the white tailed spider and necrosis that has evolved into outright panic and fear of the white tailed spider.

Personally I think the the white tailed spider bite will eventuate into nothing more than a itchy red lump and obviously more research needs to be done into the connection between white tailed spider bites and Necrotising arachnidism , as it stands today (and no thanks to the media) and their over the top sensationalism concerning the entire white tailed spider genus, the white tailed spider has been tried and convicted without its day in court and we have no one to blame but the media for this occurring.

Interesting report on White tailed spider bite.

White tailed spider bite video.

How to get rid of spiders

How to get rid of spiders

Spiders are primarily insect eaters and depending on the species are either entering the home to seek warmth during the cooler months or are hunting. Certain species of spiders can detect warmth coming from underneath the bottoms of doors around windows or in through the roof as warm air rises up and escapes through the roof.How to get rid of spiders So, How to get rid of spiders?

The best way on how to get rid of spiders and reduce the number of spiders entering the home is to remove their food source by way of keeping insect numbers down in the home. This gives them less reason to enter or take up residence keeping numbers down is a good way on how to get rid of spiders.

Also it is a good idea to trim all trees and hedges back from the house and also if you live in a brick home block the weep holes at the bottom of the brickwork with old stocking or similar, to keep spiders out but also let the wall cavity breathe this is another successful way on how to get rid of spiders.

Following these simple tasks should dramatically reduce and prevent spiders in house, also all fly screens and door screens should be checked for holes and make sure they sit flush in their frames, all of which are effective ways on how to get rid of spiders.

How to get rid of spiders naturally

Ways on how to get rid of spiders are often overlooked, we all have probably wondered how do spiders get in your house? there are many ways they achieve this some explained here, so this is not all about how to kill a spider this is all about removing the spider from the house and how to get rid of spiders without having to dispatch them, but ONLY do this if it can be done safely.

Remember- always treat every spider as if it is venomous as the last thing we need is spider bites, follow the procedure below on how to get rid of spiders (safely) to remove spiders getting rid of spiders outside where they belong using a glass and a piece of cardboard or paper.

Some more methods on how to get rid of spiders.

1) Firstly put the glass over the spider without pinning the legs of the spider.
2) Then slowly and carefully slide the paper underneath the glass.
3)When the paper is completely underneath the glass just slowly pick up the glass and paper (or cardboard) making sure not to create any gaps between the glass and paper or the spider might get out.
4)Then turn the glass upright keeping the glass covered at the top with the paper.
5)Then Take the spider outside into the garden while still holding the paper over the glass to prevent escape.
6) Once outside in the garden put the glass down remove the paper tipping the glass away from you with the top facing away and let the spider walk out.

Natural predationHow to get rid of spiders

Natural predation by the spiders natural enemies is another way on how to get rid of spiders from the home.

It is good practice to leave in place the spiders natural predators such as the common house gecko or barking gecko, depending on what part of Australia you live in these perfect little natural defenses against spiders and a natural way to get rid of spiders taking up residence in your home and are a must to have around.

The Daddy long legs spider is another great biological way on how to get rid of spiders, I am sure we have all heard of before, they are a great defense against the Australian Redback spider and are completely harmless, the only drawback to having the Australian Daddy long legs spider in your home is their unsightly messy webs they build (usually in a corner of the room) the Australian redback spider however is dangerous and even though they are not the most venomous spider they need to be treated with respect and given a wide birth.

Daddy long legs spiderHow to get rid of spiders

The Daddy long legs spider I am sure we have all heard of before are a great defense against the Australian Redback spider and how to get rid of spiders and they are completely harmless, the only drawback to having the Australian Daddy long legs spider in your home is their unsightly messy webs they build (usually in a corner of the room) besides this they are another great way on how to get rid of spiders.

The Daddy long legs spider is very common and found in most homes within Australia and there has been much misconception when it comes to the Daddy long legs spider whether or not it is in fact the worlds deadliest spider? so is the Daddy long legs poisonous? The Daddy long legs spider is in fact venomous and possess venom glands as well as fangs that are very tiny but are completely harmless to humans.

More methods on how to get rid of spiders

How to get rid of spiders tip (1) It is important to keep a tidy house by way of removing clutter to a minimum as this provides hiding spots for spiders being secretive by nature. If you have an open fireplace do not bring wood inside as you will unwittingly bring spiders into the house in the process.

How to get rid of spiders tip (2) Be sure to go right over the house and look for small holes such as cracks, wire entries, weep holes in the brickwork can be gaused with stocking, any cracks that are not suppose to be there caulk them up to stop spiders getting in the house, all of these are good ways on how to get rid of spiders.

How to get rid of spiders tip (3) Check all insect screening on doors and windows to prevent spiders in the home.

How to get rid of spiders tip (4) Be sure the house is kept clean avoid creating a food station for insects by way of dirty dishes or food scraps on the floor as this will attract spiders in the house looking for prey.

How to get rid of spiders tip (5) It is now time to start looking at your outdoor lighting, do away with white light as this attracts insects which in turn attracts spiders, use yellow sodium or mercury vapor lighting that will not attract insects ask your local hardware for more advice, this is another great tip on how to get rid of spiders.

How to get rid of spiders tip (6) Keep foliage cut back from the house as this will give spiders a vegetation highway straight in through holes in your screens or under the doors.

How to get rid of spiders tip (7) Be sure to fit insect protectors or insect wipers to all external doors to prevent spiders getting into the house, another front line method on How to get rid of spiders tip!

Check out the video below on more methods on how to get rid of spiders!