Mum’s terror as huge spider lives in bathrooom for two weeks
■■The false widow, branded as Ireland’s “deadliest spider” has a bad reputation but they are usually not aggressive.
■■Adult female false widows are known to have bitten humans, although attacks on people are rare and there are no reported deaths in the UK or Ireland.
■■Symptoms of a bite can range from a numb sensation to severe swelling and discomfort but in serious cases there can be various levels of burning or chest pains.
■■The spider is around 20mm overall and is dark brown with a bulbous abdomen.
■■The false widow spider is generally found indoors and appears to prefer outbuildings such as toilet blocks, sheds and conservatories to make its home in.
SKIN CRAWLING Insect in family’s Cork home FEARS Marie Nyhan with her two children