The number of Britain's deadliest spiders, False Widow, is thought to be on the rise. Last year, poisonous spiders wreaked havoc in the UK, with several schools being forced to close temporarily due to infestations. Experts say insects are not normally aggressive to humans and bites are rare, but if spiders are caught in clothing, poked or crushed, they can cause an unpleasant shake.
What to do if False Widow Spider bites you
The bite of a fake widow spider usually causes only minor irritation.
However, some bites can be painful and trigger a serious allergic reaction.
Spider venom can cause localized pain, minor swelling and, in extreme cases, nausea.
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When the insect bites, it releases saliva that can cause the skin around the bite to become red, swollen and itchy.
If you get bitten by the spider, the first thing to do is to wash the area with soap and water.
A bite spray or antiseptic cream will also help prevent infection.
But if there is a lot of swelling and formation of blisters or pus, you may have an infection and it may be wise to seek medical help.
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Call 999 and ask for an ambulance if you experience any of these symptoms after a bite or sting:
- Wheezing or difficulty breathing
- Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
- A fast heart rate
- Dizziness or fainting sensation
- Difficulty swallowing (dysphagia)
- Confusion, anxiety or agitation
How to Identify False Widow Spiders
- Its legs are reddish orange
- Females range in size from 9.5 to 14 mm, while males range in size from 7 to 11 mm.
- The body and legs of the fake widow spider look brilliant
- The fake widow is medium in size with a round brown body with cream-colored markings.
- In addition to its coloring, the species resembles the black widow spider
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What is the fake widow spider?
The fake widow's spider is often mistaken for its far more dangerous distant cousin, the black widow.
The noble false widow is the most poisonous of the three types of false widow species found in and around British homes.
It is believed that the spider was first imported into Britain in banana clusters from its native lands of Madeira and the Canary Islands.
The first appearance of a noble false widow occurred in 1879 in Torquay, but the species spread from southern England.