FALSE ALARM

Mum’s ter­ror as huge spi­der lives in bathrooom for two weeks

Irish Daily Mirror - - STATESIDE -

■■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

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