We had a bit of a situation in the caravan bathroom while we were away last weekend which reminded me of the famous Australia song written by Slim Newton. The first verse goes like this:
“There was a red-back on the toilet seat, when I was there last night
I didn’t see him in the dark, but boy, I felt his bite!”
What we found however was a white-tail spider sitting on our caravan toilet. Just waiting………. White-tails are Australian imports who have made their presence felt here in New Zealand over the last few years. They do not build webs and are active hunters, specializing in catching other spiders. They have a very nasty bite and the puncture wound sometimes necrotises. So they should be avoided at all costs, especially on visits to the loo. Imagine what would have happened if one of us had gone in there late at night and not bothered to turn the light on. It doesn’t bear thinking about now, does it? Luckily Robin spotted our unwelcome visitor before either of us sat on him. What to do, that was the question. He grabbed the can of fly spray and after several strong blasts the spider turned up his toes and expired. Thank goodness for that, crisis averted. Then with a flourish, Robin flushed that nasty white-tail spider down the loo. A fitting end to it, we thought!!
It’s may be small, but it can bite!!