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Couple catch 'False Widow' spider in living room
A COUPLE caught a False Widow - the most venomous spider in Britain - climbing the living room wall of their south Buckinghamshire home.
Kerri Brooks was sitting on the sofa watching TV in her Kingsmead Road home on Monday when she spotted an arachnid scaling the wall.
The dental nurse called in husband James to remove the intruder and he snared it in a glass before noticing the distinctive markings on its body.
After comparing their capture to photos and stories on the internet, the Loudwater couple believe it is a False Widow spider.
Mrs Brooks, 31, said: “James pretended to throw the spider at me as a joke, as he always does, but he looked a bit closer at it on the off chance it was a False Widow because they have been in the news.
“He saw the skull-like pattern on its back and the brown-red legs and compared it to photos, and we’re convinced it’s a False Widow.
“It’s quite scary - I don’t like spiders so I’ve been around the whole house hoovering every single piece of dirt, dust and cobweb I see.
“I just hope there aren’t any more in the house, we’ve kept the windows shut ever since, and I thought people should keep a look out for them.”
There have been sightings of False Widow spiders across the country, forcing a Glocestershire school to close today and a Kent grandfather hospitalised after a severe reaction to a bite.
Experts say bites are rare, but the False Widow is one of 12 spiders of the UK’s 650 species that can bite, and females can do so if aggravated.
There have been no reported deaths from its bite in the UK with experts comparing the effects of its bite to those of a bee sting, but some people can suffer from a more severe reaction.
False Widows are about the size of a 50p piece and have dark, shiny bodies with cream markings.
They have long legs and can often be confused with the deadly Black Widow spider.
It is believed the species first arrived in the UK in banana imports more than 100 years ago and they have been gradually spreading north.
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