Swarms of venomous false widow spiders hit Britain’s schools as numbers rocket

The number of false widow spiders is rocketing, with more than 30 million crawling around the UK.

Just three years ago there were estimated to be only half that many.

The spiders – the most venomous in Britain – are mostly found in the south of England although there have been some spotted in Scotland.

READ MORE: Mum's world 'torn apart' as girl, 4, killed in Thornton Heath gas blast pictured

Pest control boss Paul Cooper, of London Network for Pest Solutions, said: “In the last few weeks we have noticed a considerable increase in the number of callouts to deal with false widow spiders, including infestations at a number of schools.

“The last thing we want to do is scare-monger but people need to be on the look-out for them so they can be removed as soon as possible.”

A noble false widow spider carries a toxin- and serine-based venom which is similar to their black widow counterparts.

The pain is similar to a wasp or bee sting when bit by a noble false widow, however, it can lead to complications such as fever, face flushing, tiredness, and swelling at the site of contact.

To stay up to date with all the latest news, make sure you sign up for one of our newsletters here .

READ NEXT

  • Harry and Meghan 'creating persona to boost US brand' after Royal Family split
  • Sick cold case of court reporter almost decapitated in bedroom solved after 50 years
  • Mum-of-three caught trying to sell her kids to total strangers for £4k 'to pay off debt'
  • Royal expert slams 'gossip' about Queen's mental health and rubbishes Charles claims
  • Flight attendant 'thought plane had crashed' after breaking back in rough landing

Source: Read Full Article