My daughter actually got bit out in the bush, not in the house. Nicely done and great resource. Like me, the white tail is an immigrant to New Zealand. I had never heard of them nor the honey first aid. New Zealand conducted similar research with the same result. Or in my house, my tent, my hair. Blessed by a SquidAngel. We have kids running around too. Elsie Hagley from New Zealand on October 26, 2012: Nice lens. An Australian study has shown no evidence linking necrotic ulcers (destroyed skin) to white-tailed spider bites. 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. A favorite hiding location inside of clothing left on the floor. (although spiders wouldn't be my first choice....lol). Notice: There are two species of white tails found in New Zealand, and both originated in Australia. 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. 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. I hate to say it but spiders really freak me out. My daughter, then five, showed me an “itchy, painful bug bite” on the back of her hand. If you’ve spotted one, call us to treat your home and garden… we’ll remove both the spiders and your concern! A few hours later the puffy red spot had expanded out to cover much of the back of her hand. Very shortly after that we had the exterminator out. Thank you for sharing. White-tailed spiders have been reported to bite humans resulting in itchiness, local swelling, red mark, and local pain. Great lens, as always, and always enjoy reading something you write about my beloved home country! The itsy bitsy spider went up the water spout! I'm glad I found this lens. Thank you! 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. Although a white-tail spider bite can be painful and cause temporary skin irritation and inflammation, experts now say it’s very unlikely that the white-tail spider is responsible for the hard-to-treat skin ulcers and slow-healing wounds attributed to the spider over the past 30 years. White-tailed spider bites are not considered poisonous to humans. In order to determine whether the bite you experienced is from white tail spider, it is essential to immediately see which insect bite you. Spiders can be frightening, especially if it’s a white-tail. Although she was wearing a helmet, my daughter suffered a concussion falling off her snowboard. I'd have had a heart attack if I'd found on in my hair! After this there are differing opinions. By acting as if they are trapped in another's web, they are able to lure unsuspecting pray. very well laid out lens. They don't scare me so much but if I come face to face with a Brown Recluse, I'll run screaming. Spiders give me the creeps! This means that you should clean up obvious spiders around the house (outside and in). Deb Kingsbury from Flagstaff, Arizona on October 16, 2009: Oh, ew! I can usually spot one on the ceiling by its shape, even without wearing my glasses. Poisonous or not, from now on, I will kill (these spiders) first ask questions later. I cringed every time I looked at one! Spiders are venomous, not poisonous. 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. Venom toxicity: The bite of a white-tail spider may cause nausea and burning pain followed by swelling and itchiness around the site of the bite. They mix digestive fluid with the prey's tissue and suck up the partially digested nutrients. It’s easy to see how an unsuspecting human can quickly become the recipient of a painful venomous bite. We not only used it on Melissa's hand, but we also use it on itchiness, wounds and minor burns, plus we eat a small amount when we have a sore throat or feel a cold coming on. Four hours later we returned to the doctor to find a mild improvement. Rhonda Albom (author) from New Zealand on September 28, 2010: @anonymous: Thanks! White tails do not make a web. I don't think I would like the white tail spider crawling in my house, however. (Never seen one before I think, but I will be more alert from now on!). Fantastic for coughs. Had never heard of it. In fact, referencing the two studies mentioned above, there is good evidence to suggest the opposite. The eastern and southern species are the most common species, both are similar in shape and colour. Brown Widow SpiderIt is unlikely that you would meet this little spider unless you crawl under … We have black widows around our place. Wow I was under the impression that there wasn't anything poisonous in NZ I guess they don't really want to promote that much thinking about it it would be really strange if there isn't while located near to Australia. … Okay, I respect spiders, and they certainly have their important place in the world ... as long as they're not in MY world. The more we know, the better. In my opinion they are the ugliest things I have ever had the misfortune to be close up to.....yuckkk. :). 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 have worse spiders to worry about than the white tail but he is still one to be wary of for sure. Thanks for sharing, now I am aware of them. 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