LOOKOUT: Redbacks under the picnic table in Apex Park, Nelson Reserve, Gympie.
LOOKOUT: Redbacks under the picnic table in Apex Park, Nelson Reserve, Gympie. Craig Warhurst

Theres a redback on my seat

KEEP an eye out for redbacks, warned a group of Gympie women who discovered clusters of the dangerous spiders living under seats and tables at Apex Park yesterday.

They had to kill at least a dozen of the potentially-deadly critters before they could sit down and pointed out that there were many more nests that needed extermination.

A Gympie Regional Council spokesperson said the playground and amenities were sprayed a fortnight ago, however wet weather had caused a problem, either by watering down the chemicals or causing the spiders to migrate to drier places.

She said the parks and gardens department had purchased additional chemicals and had given the job top priority for today’s works schedule.

A bite from a redback is highly venomous and characterized by intense pain around the bite site.

Since the introduction of antivenom for redback spiders no deaths have occurred but the most common symptoms are local pain and sweating, nausea and vomiting.

Redbacks are everywhere in Australia, but they thrive in the warmer regions, especially in the densely populated urban areas so when sitting outdoors, be wary about putting your hands in dark places as redbacks like cool, sheltered areas.

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