IN­VA­SION of false widow spi­ders

Coventry Telegraph - - NEWS -

A DOWN­TURN in weather across Coven­try could spark an in­flux of the UK’s most dan­ger­ous spi­der.

That’s the mes­sage from ex­perts, who are warn­ing home­own­ers to pre­pare them­selves.

To spot a false widow spi­der you should look for one with a brown bul­bous ab­domen with cream skull-like mark­ings.

Al­though the num­ber of sight­ings has boomed in re­cent years bites are rel­a­tively rare - and the even bet­ter news is that no one has yet died from the bite.

But de­spite our, some would say ir­ra­tional fears, about them at this time of year our eight-legged friends are prob­a­bly with us all year round.

Ex­perts say that there are not nec­es­sar­ily more spi­ders - but that nor­mally-reclu­sive males sur­face from their hid­ing places around homes-in­clud­ing at­tics, cup­boards, base­ments and gar­den sheds - to seek fe­males to breed with.

The NHS says that they only tend to bite when they feel threat­ened.

A False Widow spi­der bite is likely to cause pain, red­ness and swelling.

It’s not likely to be any worse than a bee or wasp st­ing.

To treat a bite, the NHS rec­om­mends man­ag­ing symp­toms at home but mak­ing sure the bite does not get in­fected. Pro­fes­sor Adam Hart from the Univer­sity of Glouces­ter­shire said: “You’d think that spi­ders would head in­doors be­cause of the cold, but in­ver­te­brates are more ac­tive when it’s warm and per­haps the warmer weather com­bined with the start of au­tumn means that more spi­ders are com­ing into our homes ear­lier this year.”

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