So, are white-tail spiders the flesh-rotting monsters that gory internet memes and chain emails would have you believe? Cheryl Kohan from England on October 16, 2009: Those things are really scary looking! This has lead … Good thing I'm in New Zealand, where there is not much dangerous spiders but the white tails freak me out. I'm glad I found this lens. By morning, her little fingers we puffed to the first knuckle and the swelling was down to the wrist, so we went straight to the doctor. This venom is adapted to work on their prey, and affects us in fairly minor ways. It has not been shown to cause necrotic ulcers, which could result in the need for amputation. They look very similar without a microscope. White-tailed spider bites are not considered poisonous to humans. You had one in your hair? The photo to the right is a classic example of the ones we find in our house. In order to determine whether the bite you experienced is from white tail spider, it is essential to immediately see which insect bite you. Couldn't bring myself to watch the video, though. We were given four hours to return, and if the swelling was receding, we could continue with that treatment, otherwise it was off to hospital for us. Despite a reputation for producing flesh-eating venom, scientists have disproven this, instead suggesting their venom to cause only mild pain in humans. Both these species have been introduced to New Zealand. I will feature your lens on my Manuka Honey lens too. Ben Reed from Redcar on January 30, 2012: Cynthia Sylvestermouse from United States on January 26, 2012: Spiders just give me the creeps, but I had to visit this page. An Australian study has shown no evidence linking necrotic ulcers (destroyed skin) to white-tailed spider bites. Raw organic honey in general, but I have heard specifically of that type. Almost all spiders use venom (injected through the fangs) to paralyze their prey before they start feeding. Wow, I'm glad your daughter made it through the experience ok! Danger to humans White-tailed Spider bites can cause initial burning pain followed by swelling and itchiness at the bitten area. Although spiders provide great services to humans, they still creep me out! With a a body size of 10cm and a leg span of 25cm goliath bird-eater (a tarantula) is the largest spider in the world. New Zealand's largest spider is the cave spider with a body size of only 3cm and a leg span of about 13cm. The white tail spider is unusual in evolutionary terms as it is one of the very few arachnids which prey on fellow spiders; it's most common target being the black house spider. The bite of a white tailed spider can be painful, but is unlikely to cause necrotising arachnidism, a rare condition … Angel blessed. Kathy McGraw from California on October 27, 2010: Very interesting article on white tail spiders. Though painful, a white-tailed spider bite should generally not be considered dangerous. Most bites occur indoors, at night and in warmer months. I saw a white tail. The body size is up to 18 mm, with a leg-span of 28 mm. Thank you! (Never seen one before I think, but I will be more alert from now on!). White-tail spiders: venomous and highly dangerous ? You can drink spider or snake venom with no ill effects, provided you have no cuts in your mouth, so when one spider eats another, it is unaffected by the venom. My daughter actually got bit out in the bush, not in the house. Very interesting lens but as an arachnophobic it was very hard for me to even look at the pictures. Glad I haven't seen a white tail spider yet in New Zealand. Other two spider bites which are even more dangerous include Black Widow spider bite and Brown Recluse spider bites. Blessed by an Angel. We used UMF active Manuka honey on Melissa's hand. He wouldn't have to bite me, he would scare me to death :). I know the white tail spider comes from Australia but I have never seen one. Normally I'm not afraid of spiders...I do not like bugs and spiders get rid of bugs so that's good. In most cases, the bite from a white … I tried to kill it but I was to freaked out, so I let it crawl around the house while I was in a different room. I saw white tail outside and squashed it immediately. Glad your daughter was OK, that must have been scary. Great lens! Here's how she kept busy during recovery. It’s easy to see how an unsuspecting human can quickly become the recipient of a painful venomous bite. But there is a very low probability of an association between spiders and necrotisisng fasciitis … Area of distribution: Australia-wide. Good thing y'all got him before he bit. Like me, the white tail is an immigrant to New Zealand. Rhonda Albom (author) from New Zealand on September 11, 2009: [in reply to puzzlemaker] Lol - I didn't have time to freak out, I was too busy looking up the phone number for an exterminator! Your daughter is a good artist and this is has lots of good information with a personal touch. Killing them all off is next to impossible. Those most at risk are those who have allergies or sensitive skin that may lead to complications following a bite, but generally the severity is still quite low. Blessed. White tail spider bite treatment . If you’ve spotted one, call us to treat your home and garden… we’ll remove both the spiders and your concern! White-tailed spiders have been reported to bite humans resulting in itchiness, local swelling, red mark, and local pain. You can learn a bit about the white tail spider here, along with our story of the drama created when my five year old daughter had a white tail spider bite. The bite of a white-tailed spider can be painful, but is unlikely to cause necrotising arachnidism, a rare condition characterised by ulceration and skin loss. When purchasing, we always look for the UMF label and we always buy an activation of at least 15+. Very informative lens:). Spiders feed on liquids and cannot take in solid food. Occasionally, there are unconfirmed reports of weals, blistering or local ulceration - conditions known medically as necrotising arachnidism. White-Tail Spiders:Venomous • Dangerous ? Considered the world’s most dangerous spider, the Sydney Funnel-Web is a recurring presence in New South Wales, found… I hate white tails, having come across a few:) Great lens. I just killed a white tail spider yesterday in the bathroom and just wanted to check on the facts and then I found this great resource. Although she was wearing a helmet, my daughter suffered a concussion falling off her snowboard. We added a layer of active UMF manuka honey and waited. They mix digestive fluid with the prey's tissue and suck up the partially digested nutrients. These bites may also rarely result in a headache, malaise, and vomiting. Common signs and symptoms of a Whitetail Spider bites include instant pain similar to a bee sting. The white tail spider bite is actually less severe than those of a redback and probably more similar to a bee sting – there is an immediate burning sensation, followed by mild swelling and an itchy red mark. It lives in the rainforests of Central America. There we were told that it was a “white tail spider bite” and that it may need a three-day antibiotic drip in hospital. In contrast, the world's smallest spider is less than 1/2 mm long and lives in Samoa. The itsy bitsy spider went up the water spout! Yes we do see them here in Sydney, Australia and they always get squished ... just in case. Hey, Rhonda, had the pleasure of a Weta yet? The more we know, the better. White-tailed spiders like to feed on Black House Spiders (Badumna insignis) in particular, but will take other spiders too. white-tailed spiders are not as dangerous as people may think) Suggested reading purpose • To use the information in this text to help us form an opinion about white-tailed spiders Setting a learning goal (What opportunities does this text provide for students to learn more about how to “read, respond to, and think critically about” texts?) White-tailed spider bites can be quite painful, but not particularly dangerous. It certainly swelled, but did it require the drama that followed? Are white-tail spiders dangerous? In some rare but dramatic cases, a severe allergic reaction, blistering or ulceration of the skin, similar to gangrene, has apparently been caused by a white … Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency. Despite this, myths surrounding the white-tail spider persist, … I can't for the life of me figure out why the guy in the video kept putting his finger so close to the white tailed spider spider. Wow, this is very interesting info. Five Stars and rolled to Black Widow Spiders. Australian tarantulas. Cardinal Spider Top view of a cardinal spider. The White Tailed Spider. How Dangerous is the White-Tailed Spider? Eeeeeeek! I'd have had a heart attack if I'd found on in my hair! Blessings on it and I'm adding it to The Best Insect Pages on Squidoo. Although white tail spiders prefer to live outdoors under bark and plants, they are often found inside people's homes. I love spiders, but I do kill black widows around my home here in Southern California because they are extremely venomous. Really relieved your daughters ok x. OK, my skin is crawling now lol. I can usually spot one on the ceiling by its shape, even without wearing my glasses. This doesn’t mean they’re harmless though, we guarantee it would still suck to … The spider drawing is quite impressive! Hadn't heard of this spider. Whereas, an Australian study of 130 white tail spider bite patients (who captured the spider) resulted in neither infections nor necrotic ulcers. The beautiful and distinctive white tail only grows to about 17mm, yet is capable of administering a nasty bite. There is redness, discomfort and swelling. This caught my eye. Rhonda Albom (author) from New Zealand on November 27, 2012: @Elle-Dee-Esse: Lucky for us, it is distinctive and the only real thing to worry about. This means that you should clean up obvious spiders around the house (outside and in). * Eliminate their food source by removing webs of the, * Avoid putting hands where spiders may be hiding like behind furniture. Cheers for a great lens. Rhonda Albom (author) from New Zealand on October 16, 2009: [in reply to prosperity66] I didn't know there was a legend about no spiders here. We had only been in New Zealand about six months, and we still lived with the illusion that there was nothing harmful here. That being said, your lens on the white-tailed spider is excellent. The white tailed spider and the black house spider, also found in Australia, have both been linked to necrotizing arachnidism. They don't scare me so much but if I come face to face with a Brown Recluse, I'll run screaming. White tails have very distinctive markings and a distinctive shape. I asked for a less invasive option, and the doctor took a permanent marker and outlined the swelling (across her fingers and wrist). Jeanette from Australia on August 14, 2011: Just returning to add a little angel blessing and to let you know that this lens has been added to my animal alphabet lens. I appreciate it. The eastern and southern species are the most common species, both are similar in shape and colour. The venom from the white tailed spiders is listed as non-lethal. I'm no fan of spiders and I work outside everyday.Here in the eastern us it's really just brown recluse I worry about.Great lens thank you for sharing. Spiders are venomous, not poisonous. Important that people are aware of these dangerous spiders. … I remember us having a conversation about a year or so ago about this very spider. A favorite hiding location inside of clothing left on the floor. 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A contrasting view reported in both New Zealand and Australia media attributes necrotising arachnidism (destroyed skin) to the white tail spider. Hi Rhonda, the other spider is a Suppuna picta or swift/ground spider, they run like the wind and like to sunbathe on decking :) Can bite but harmless. I guess that means I don't like spiders very much. I had head that they are one of our few poisonous spiders but wasn't sure how dangerous they were, so this was very informative! I don't know except I've always been terrified of them all my life. White-tailed spider bites are not considered poisonous to humans. Spiders give me the creeps! The research tells us to expect pain and an itchy red sore that may last for around two weeks. Very informative lens. I cringed every time I looked at one! After this there are differing opinions. I had never heard of this spider being in NZ, so I assume it arrived after I left. However, in most of cases, the offending spider was not found, so there is no evidence that the necrotic ulcers are from a white tail spider bite. Poisonous or not, from now on, I will kill (these spiders) first ask questions later. Or in my house, my tent, my hair. New Zealand conducted similar research with the same result. (although spiders wouldn't be my first choice....lol). Rhonda Albom (author) from New Zealand on September 28, 2010: @anonymous: Thanks! I know that we have redback spiders in my home, I've killed so many of them - and I've been told by someone they saw a whitetail as well - arrrgh! This is fascinating thanks! There is no evidence to prove this. You sure did do a great job on this lens! I would have totally freaked out. :), Wonderfully presented information. Notice: There are two species of white tails found in New Zealand, and both originated in Australia. Maa-noo-kaa would be more precise. We have black widows around our place. well done. very well laid out lens. Dangerous Spiders. Thank you for sharing. White-Tailed Spider. I have heard of that honey, something I will be looking into, as it just sounds all around good. Elsie Hagley from New Zealand on October 26, 2012: Nice lens. Ulcerations can develop and the recipient is left open to the possibility of infection at the site. Like almost all spiders, White-tails are venomous. Deb Kingsbury from Flagstaff, Arizona on October 16, 2009: Oh, ew! Brown Widow SpiderIt is unlikely that you would meet this little spider unless you crawl under … It has a highly toxic venom and is regarded (along with the Australian funnel-web spiders) as among the most dangerous spiders in the world. Is this spider really that dangerous? That was quite the treatment your daughter went through and it sounds like your home remedy of the honey was effective in having not having to go through a more invasive treatment. 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