Redback Spider DelmanExpert Pest Control Service

Redback Spider

The Redback Spider is often mistaken for the deadly Black Widow. While it isn’t as deadly it still is one you have to be very careful of. The young have white coloring on them and their venom can be just as strong. Females are much larger than the males. They have a black body with some red on them. The female has a very round body and then legs that are slender. The stripe on her may be more of an orange than red. This is why this particular type of Spider is misidentified in the wild. When you look at the web of the Redback Spider you may be bewildered. It is definitely very chaotic and not pretty as what you see from so many other species. The threads are very thick though and sticky. The back area is where the egg sacks will be placed. The web has triggers on it that aloe the Spider to feel vibrations when there is prey in it. Small lizards,  medium and large insects, and more can be found in the webs of a Redback Spider. They have to defend their food too as ants are known to come along and steal from them. They feed as often as they can but they are known to go up to 100 days without food when it is hard to come by. A bite from the Redback Spider is very dangerous. The bite location can swell up quickly and it can be very painful. Most medical facilities have an anti venom that they can administer. If this is done fast then the patient has a very good chance of a full recovery after such an incident.

 

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