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Re: Nasty things in your bed by ev on 8 February 2008 6:58pm
"In the only two cases I have seen in South Australia where a spider was clearly caught biting and subsequently identified, it was a recluse spider (Loxosceles), not a white-tailed spider.2 In my experience with many cases of necrotising arachnidism over nearly 20 years, the white-tailed spider is often suspected but never confirmed to be the culprit. In most cases, a spider is found in the house after the bite and an unsubstantiated link is made.

The increasing tendency of the media and the medical profession to blame the white-tailed spider for necrotising arachnidism is unfortunate, as it establishes a common belief that the cause is known when in truth it is not."

Julian White
Clinical Toxinologist
Women's and Children's Hospital, Adelaide, SA
Re: Nasty things in your bed by ev on 8 February 2008 7:05pm
Kazz, I believe you of course that people you know had those kind of effects from spider bites, but based on the evidence (a study of 130 confirmed white-tail bites where 0 of them resulted in necrosis), a white-tail probably wasn't the cause.

The bites are most likely caused by the recluse spider, which found its way to Australia:

Re: Nasty things in your bed by Lounge Trekker on 8 February 2008 7:19pm
For the record: if I see ANY spider in Australia, Whitetail or not, I'm avoiding it!

Caucasian I may be, but no white tails in my bed these days.

Cautious Trekker
Re: Nasty things in your bed by ev on 8 February 2008 7:31pm
Most spiders are scaredy-cats.. they try to get away from you.. an exception being the Funnel-web, which is sometimes aggressive. Also aggressive when they are 'in bed' with each other!:

"During mating, the male must restrain the female from striking him with her fangs using the spurs on his second legs, while he transfers sperm via his palps into her genital opening."


Re: Nasty things in your bed by mrsthing on 8 February 2008 9:51pm
I found a bug that looked like either the world's biggest flea or the world's tiniest crab. It had six regular legs and two crab-like claws in the front; the body was light brown and round (though it was flat because it was dead), and it was about a quarter inch in diameter. Something had been biting me all over the torso and legs for days. It left bites in twos and threes in a line; looked like it had been practicing Morse code on me. When my parents refused to get me a new mattress, I hurled the old one outdoors, doused it with Raid insecticide, and let it sit in the sun for several hours. I doused the bed frame and floor around my bed with more Raid and left the windows open. I found the dead thing next day.

The only other gross thing I've found in the bed was parakeet poop, which doesn't faze me at all.
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