ATTACK OF THE KILLER MR HAPPY SPIDERS
Children in peril from smiley-faced poison arachnids
BRITAIN’S homes are being invaded by thousands of deadly killer spiders with grinning MR HAPPY faces on their abdomens!
And experts say the Happy Face spider could lead to DOZENS of deaths, as their cheery markings make them attractive to kiddies.
The lethal arachnids – Latin name theridion grallator – are originally from Hawaii and are believed to have travelled to Britain in infested pineapples.
Thanks to global warming, the climate in Britain can now support the subtropical creepy crawlies!
Dr Hal Yule, head of biology at the University of West Lancashire, said: “The first reports of theridion grallator in the UK came a couple of years ago near Godalming. Since then, there have been more than 300 sightings.
“Thankfully, nobody has been bitten yet, because their venom is particularly potent.
“The fear is that, because of their markings, they’ll attract children to play with them. But there would be nothing happy about being bitten by one of these buggers.
“The bite leads to necrosis. The flesh literally melts away in a gooey mush.”
Theridion grallator is just one of hundreds of species of spider heading into Britain’s home this autumn.
One naturalist said: “Over 150 million are now on the march indoors as the spidernesting season starts.”
DEADLY: Cheery looking Happy Face spider
NASTY: Spider’s bite