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    Esther Rantzen

    How dangerous are false widow spiders?


    False widow spiders have been spotted by growing numbers of people over recent years. These spiders can be very dangerous, and their bites are comparable to wasp and bee stings. They are said to be one of a small number of British spider breeds that can inflict pain on humans. These spiders aren’t normally aggressive towards humans, but they can attack if they are prodded, squashed or tangled in clothing.

    Female false widow spiders

    Female false widow spiders have a more painful bite than their male counterparts and can cause intense pain and fever. However, the spiders haven’t caused any reported deaths in the UK. Some people have been forced to head to the hospital after suffering severe reactions. Those who are bitten by false widow spiders are instructed to wash the affected area with soap and water. Bite sprays and antiseptic creams can prevent infection resulting from bites. If you do start to feel worse after you have taken these steps, get professional help.

    The spiders are brown with cream-coloured marks and round bodies. Their legs are a mixture of orangey-red colour. Sizes vary, but females can be between 9.5 to 14 millimetres. Male spiders range from 7 to 11mm. Their bodies and legs have a glossy appearance. Also known as the Steatoda Nobilis, the false widow spider originates from Madeira and the Canary Islands and is thought to have arrived in Britain at least 138 years ago. The spiders are usually nocturnal and prefer warm, dry environments. Most sightings of the spider have been in the south, though there have been more and more encounters in the north over recent years.

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    Talk to Accident Advice Helpline today if you have come to harm because of someone else’s negligence or recklessness. We have been in the personal injury claims business for more than 16 years and have helped thousands of people gain compensation after sustaining injuries that they didn’t cause. We will work alongside you to collect as much evidence as we need to make your case successful, and we’ll always assign you with the right kind of lawyer for your case. This means if you have come to harm due to health and safety regulations being ignored, your legal professional will have vast experience in these kinds of cases. Call 0800 689 0500 (landline) or 0333 500 0993 (mobile) today to find out more.

    Date Published: April 20, 2017

    Author: Accident Advice

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