False widow spiders to invade UK homes, experts warn


Spiders are one of the most common creepy crawlies and one that are feared by millions of Britons. With mild temperatures, their numbers have surged lately and false widow spiders are one of the species that is said to have proliferated the most.

Experts have suggested that weather in the UK over the last few months have helped false widow spiders a lot and their population has soared into millions and as the mercury begins to dip, these spiders will start coming indoors looking for shelter and food thereby increasing the chances of human encounter.

Clive Boase, one of the experts in the field of pest management, is warning Britons to keep an eye out for the false widows because places such as conservatories, toilet blocks, lofts and garages are some of the most favourite places of false widows and as they move indoors in search of food, that’s when people are at risk of being bitten.

The bite of the false widow isn’t as deadly as its name-sake the Black Widow; however, it is as painful as a bee sting.

The spider, which was introduced in the UK about a century ago, are said to be generally shy and don’t come out in the open, but as they crawl into curtains or clothing left on the floor there is a possibility that they may end up biting you accidentally.

“Sightings of spiders often peak from September as males of many species reach adulthood and venture into homes in search of a mate, but we could be seeing a lot more of them than normal over the next month or two”, said Boase.

While the numbers have soared into millions there are very few reports of false widow bites; however, to reduce encounter with these crawlies, experts say that the best precautions could be to keep the house clean and tidy and leave fewer places for them to hide behind. People may even spray dark corners of the home with pesticides.

If homeowners do find their homes infested with these crawlies, experts have recommended seeking professional help and not handle their situation on their own.