This is why I wear gloves in the garden
Wednesday, 12 Oct 11 Cloudy 27°C / 81°F
Whenever I watch gardening shows I constantly complain to anyone who will listen (and plenty who won’t) that the presenters should be wearing gloves. Apart from the fact that dirt is, well, dirty, it’s also full of evil creatures waiting to kill you. And none quite so keen to dispatch you as a redback spider.
Well, that’s probably not quite true. But as a child the redback was the most feared creature around. From the way other kids talked at school you didn’t stand a chance if you came across one. A bite meant certain death. On the spot. Probably before you’d even noticed you’d been bitten.
As an adult, though, I understand that the redback isn’t quite as fiercesome as I once thought. According to Wikipedia only 14 fatal redback bites have been recorded. Not that that’s much comfort to those 14 people. But it sounds like a redback bite can still be very painful; reading through the symptoms of a bite I don’t think I want to experience one. So I wear gloves.
I found the one in the picture while repotting a poinsettia. I picked up the new pot and immediately dropped it again. Probably gave the poor spider as much of a fright as it gave me.