Redback Spiders…The most common characteristic to identify an Adult Redback Spider is by their colour, they have a black body with a prominent red stripe on the upper side of their abdomen and a red/orange streak on the underside, with long thin black legs. The female redback spiders body length can grow to approximately 12mm and the male’s body length can grow to approximately 4mm. They tend to like warm, dark and dry areas and their webs are most commonly found under rocks, logs, sheds, outhouses, kids toy’s, outdoor toilets such as under toilet seats, letterboxes, empty tins, boxes ect. Also, there has been an increasing amount of Redback Spider bites to the head, ears and neck due to safety helmets and ear muffs lying about, also it is a good idea not to leave your gardening gloves or clothes about. To control the population of the redbacks is to clean up these areas and to squash the spider and its egg sac. The female redback spider may lay approx; 10 egg sacs and contain on average 200 – 300 eggs. Extreme cases can be up to 500 eggs. Interestingly enough it is rare to have been bitten by a Male Redback Spider, probably due to their size in abdomen and also their smaller fangs. Usually if bitten by a male redback spider the pain is short lived and not as painful as the female redback spider bite. It is the Female Redback Spider that you are in danger with; most cases it has been the large Female Redback that has been reported for bites and their bites can be quite painful and can cause illness, especially in young children, the sick and the elderly. It is a good idea to teach your children not to touch spiders of any kind. Note to all of our clients and potential clients, when booking in for your Annual Cockroach, Household Ants and External Spider Treatment, please notify the office staff or even tell your serviceman onsite if you have any concerns or seen redbacks, that way, we can organise a Redback Spider Treatment to be carried out while our serviceman is at your home treating for General Pests (Cockroaches, Household Ants and External Spiders).