A Warwick woman shows off her white tail spider bite which resulted from a stint in the garden.
A Warwick woman shows off her white tail spider bite which resulted from a stint in the garden.

Venomous spider bites local lady

THE number of creatures proudly parading hairy legs during the warmer months has increased with one Warwick woman visiting hospital as a result of a nasty altercation with a spider.

Recent warm weather coupled with moist conditions means there’s an increase of venomous visitors with a Warwick woman – who did not want to be identified after her ordeal – warning residents to check their abodes for spiders.

“I was pottering about in the garden and I felt something bite me,” she said.

“At first I thought it was an ant bite but when I went to relieve the pain with a hot shower a white tail spider ran from my dress. Soon after I began to shake and I started to vomit.

“Then I came out in welts and you can see where the venom has travelled in my bloodstream near my underarm (pictured above).”

Soon after the woman tendered her garden she was being rushed to Warwick Hospital with the live spider trapped in a glass jar.

“There’s anti-venom for redback spiders and some snake bites but not for white tail spiders so I was put on a course of antibiotics. It was awful and even now, about four weeks from the bite, it still flares up all red,” she said.

“My husband and I go spider hunting now, we never really bothered about them but the white tail bite was painful and I’d hate to think what would happen if a child was bitten.

“Now that we know what we’re looking it, we’ve noticed a lot of white tail spiders around.”

While the couple wonders what the neighbours think of their new hunting activity early in the morning, Warwick Creepy Crawly Pest Control has not noticed an increase in calls about white tail spiders.

“We get more calls during the warmer months but there hasn’t been more work than in previous years,” the spokeswoman said.

Spiders to look out for:

Southern Downs residents need to be wary of the shriek-worthy critters, ranking in top order of most poisonous:

  • Northern tree funnel web spider.
  • Female redback spider.
  • White tail spider.
  • Mouse spider.
  • Black house spider.

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