Redbacks – The hidden dangers to you and your family
This story is about a redback spider treatment conducted in Narangba on the 18 February 2012.
Amalgamated Pest Control attended a domestic residential property to undertake a red back spider treatment.
The redback spiders were located in the following areas of the yard:
- Under the seat of a children’s outdoor swing set
- Under the rim of a children’s outdoor slippery slide
- In the children’s external toy box
- Under the chairs and table of an outdoor setting
- Around the BBQ wheels and gas bottle
- In the weep holes of the external brick wall
- Around the brick letter box
- Around the rim and base of the wheelie bin
- At the base and bottom rail of the timber fence
- Around stored goods in the garden shed
A comprehensive inspection and treatment was undertaken due to the high numbers of redback spiders located at the site.
Although many homeowners struggle with ‘do it yourself’ spider control remedies, the results are often less than satisfactory. Small problems can develop into large ones and this is when many people seek out the services of a pest control professional.
How Can I Get Rid Of Redbacks?
Amalgamated Pest Control specialises in the provision of quality pest management programs for the domestic & commercial sector. Our technicians are fully qualified and experienced and utilise the latest products and methods in pest control. Amalgamated Pest Control takes pride in its ability to provide premium pest management at a competitive price while maintaining high standards in customer service.
Redback Spider Characteristics
Mature female redbacks are jet black spiders with a variable red stripe on the back of their spherical abdomen. Immature females are smaller, usually brown with whitish markings.
Their tough, untidy webs are usually near the ground with the spider hiding in a shelter tucked in a corner, often guarding her round woolly egg sacs.
Male redback spiders are rarely seen. They are small and brown with red and white markings.
Redback spiders are found throughout Australia, in drier habitats and built-up areas. They are common in dry places around buildings, outdoor furniture, machinery and stacked materials.
In the bush, redback spiders nest under logs and rocks.
- Webbing spider
- Body size (approx) Female 12-15 mm , Large females may span the size of a 50 cent coin
- Body size (approx) Male 3-4 mm, males are smaller and are not commonly seen
- Long thin legs (especially the first pair), tapering at ends
- Black in colour with red or orange stripes
- Large bulbous abdomen
- Non aggressive
Redback spider bites usually occur when part of the body comes in direct contact with the spider or its web.
Redback spiders feed mainly on ground-living insects that blunder into their webs.
A female redback spider can produce eggs for up to two years after a single mating. Eggs are enclosed in 3-5 dirty-white, woolly, spherical egg sacs suspended in the retreat of the web and guarded by the female.
Spiderlings emerge after about 14 days and disperse on the wind as soon as conditions are right. This is how redback spiders turn up in new places or quickly recolonise areas from which they have previously been removed.
What Are The Risks To People?
Redback spiders are not aggressive, and rarely leave the web. However caution is advised as their bite is very poisonous and potentially fatal for children or the elderly.
If you have a redback spider problem or you require further advice on spiders, please contact your local Amalgamated Pest Control branch for assistance.