Bite: Redbacks are perhaps the most infamous Australia spider. Their bite is very painful – with over 2000 bites requiring hospital treatment each year. It releases a nerve poison, which can result in headaches, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and sometimes paralysis. If bitten, seek immediate medical help as anti-venom may need to be administered.
Where found: Redbacks like dry spots to build their very messy webs (like a poorly made fishing net). In outbuildings, along fences, in wood piles, under rocks and in roof voids (they love downlights which attract insects) are their favourite hiding places.