What Should I Do If I Am Bitten?
It is always important to note, if one has been bitten by a spider, the kind of spider that has bitten and if possible to catch it safely as most spider bites require different treatment and as venomous spiders can generally be recognized by their distinct markings.
What Sort Of First Aid Should I Administer?
While administering first aid the body part should be cleaned with soap and water and a compress or ice pack should be applied if available, and the person should be calmed. In any case immediate medical attention is a must and if the symptoms are those that are associated with venomous spider bites, anti-venom should be administered. For prevention purposes use of an insect repellent in suspect areas like lawns, garages and wardrobes would be of some help.
What Sort Of Spider COULD Have Bitten Me?
The black widow spider of South and North America has a red hourglass design on its back or underside, the red back spider and the funnel web spider of Australia is shiny black with prominent fangs while the violin spider has a violin shaped marking on its back.