Creepy crawlies on move with warmer weather, ambos warn
WARMER weather has brought more spiders and snakes out of the woodwork on the Coffs Coast and already a handful of patients have sought medical treatment after suffering bites.
Over the past two months two patients have been treated at Coffs Harbour Hospital for spider bites while two people suffering snake bites have been treated in Coffs Harbour and Grafton.
NSW Ambulace says the increased snake and spider activity in spring and summer creates the potential for bites, as seen in local emergency wards.
A man, 23, was bitten by a spider at Boambee and sought hospital treatment on August 17.
A female, 28, was bitten by a funnel web at Karangi on September 1, while a woman, 20, was bitten by a snake on the ankle at Sapphire on September 3 .
A man, 64, also suffered a snake bite to the leg at Coldstream on September 29 and was treated in Grafton Base Hospital.
Over the past three months, NSW Ambulance paramedics have attended 27 Triple Zero (000) calls for suspected snake bites, 55 calls for suspected spider bite injuries and three cases of patients swallowing spiders.
This season's first funnel web spider bite happened on July 17 and since there have been 11cases.
NSW Ambulance Inspector Giles Buchanan recommended that people check clothing and footwear that's been left outside before wearing them.
"Paramedics have attended many cases where people have put on boots and gloves and been bitten by spiders and even snakes which were hidden inside," he said.
If you find a snake in your home or garden and would like it removed, call the Office of Environment and Heritage on 1300 361 967 for contact details on licensed reptile handlers, or the Ask Environment Line at environment.nsw.gov.au