British were warned of an influx of poisonous spiders after a summer of extreme temperatures.
This was due to the extreme weather false widow spiders Breeding and propagation in the British Isles.
While not particularly venomous, the spider is related to the world’s deadliest spider species, the black widow, and a bite from the spider can result in hospital treatment.
British man hospitalized for fake widow spider bite
The warning comes after a man spent five days in hospital after being bitten by a fake widow spider while on holiday in the UK.
Adam Roberts’ holiday in Mablethorpe, Skegness, worsened after waking up with a swollen finger.
That’s what the 37-year-old said Daily Echo: “I was on holiday in Mablethorpe and woke up on Tuesday morning and my finger was very swollen and sore, I was struggling to take my wedding ring off.
“Two days later the swelling had gone up to my elbow and I went to an emergency center where they suspected it was a spider bite.
“They put me on antibiotics and we traveled back to Dorset where it kept getting worse, we went to the emergency room and I was shocked to hear how serious it was.
“The doctors and surgeons came down and said it was very likely I could lose my finger, they said they were 90 percent sure.”
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The false widow is one of 12 species known to have bitten people in Britain, and according to the Natural History Museum, a bite can feel like a wasp sting.
False widows are long established in the United Kingdom, with the first recorded UK locations appearing in the 1870s, although their numbers multiplied in the 1980s, particularly in the southern counties.
The Natural History Museum says the spider was first sighted in Dorset, Hampshire and Devon but can now be found as far away as Scotland.
This was announced by pest control expert Clive Boase Daily Mail: “The number of fake widows in the UK is growing all the time. In fact, people don’t realize how common they have become.
“There are half a dozen different species of false widow, and they can survive both indoors and outdoors. They prefer suburban areas and are most commonly found near residential and commercial buildings.
“They love conservatories and toilet blocks, window frames, porches, attics and garages, and they like living under kitchen appliances and closets.
“They’re generally shy creatures and won’t go outside, but they might crawl into curtains or maybe clothes left on the floor.
“Bites usually result from rough handling of the spider or when it’s trapped between clothing and skin.”
What do false widow spiders look like?
False widow spiders have shiny, black bodies and can be as big as a 50p coin. They have round bodies and have markings resembling skulls on their abdomens.
How to repel spiders
If you’re dying to keep the eight-legged creatures out of your home, there are a few things you can try to stop them from sneaking inside.
Spiders love to take refuge in dark, damp, and messy places. So if you make sure your house is kept clean, you can keep them away.
Make sure to vacuum and dust regularly and store things in boxes with plastic lids rather than cardboard to prevent animals from gaining access.
Let in natural light
Avoid leaving the blinds or curtains closed during the day or for long periods when you are away from home, as spiders love the dark.
Use essential oils
Spiders “sniff” with their legs, so strong smells will discourage them from leaving their nooks and crannies.
Tea tree, rose, cinnamon, citrus, peppermint, citronella, lavender, and eucalyptus oils are good oils to try—make sure you mist corners, window sills, and baseboards, and top up regularly.
Draw some chalk lines
Spiders taste with their feet and they don’t like chalk, so this will discourage them from drawing a line around window sills, your bed, or doors.
Seal any cracks
Seal any small cracks in walls, floors, and ceilings that spiders might use for entry.
Keep foliage away from your home
Avoid growing plants too close to your house for crawling as spiders will hide in them.
Leaf litter and accumulating piles of wood are also great spider hideouts, so be sure to keep your outdoor space clean.
Don’t use chestnuts
There is no evidence that chestnuts are effective at repelling spiders.
Other strong flavors will probably work better, like garlic or vinegar.
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