Widow Spiders found at three homes in Burnham and Highbridge
most venomous spider - the False Widow Spider - has been found
at three Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge properties this week.
of the spiders were removed from one Burnham conservatory by pest
controllers today (Tuesday).
Groves from Groves Xtreme Clean told Burnham-On-Sea.com he has
been called out by concerned residents to three confirmed discoveries
in recent days.
spiders have been removed from properties in Burnham's Frobisher
Close, Westfield Road and from a garden in Highbridge's West Avenue,
as pictured below.
have been a spate of bite reports in recent weeks across the UK
and experts say the spiders are becoming more widespread.
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "It's the first time I have been
called out to deal with these spiders in my many years of offering
a pest control service."
Westfield Road, I removed around 15 of the False Widows from a
conservatory. The residents were understandably worried when they
realised what the spiders were and they wanted them removed as
quickly as possible."
Frobisher Close, three of the spiders were seen on a window at
the height of children's heads so we quickly removed them."
in West Avenue, two have been removed from an outside covered
area in a garden."
says the spiders have been independently identified and then killed
using approved pest control products.
said that no-one in Burnham has been hurt, but he was also called
to a Taunton home over the past week where a lady and her daughter
suffered nasty bites and are recovering.
would strongly recommend that people stay away from these spiders
and contact a pest control firm to deal with them," added
Craig, pictured right. "Bites from the adult female spider
can lead to severe swelling."
are six sub-species of False Widow Spiders named for their
similarity in appearance to the deadly black widow in the
false widows are not native to this country and are thought to
have been introduced in the late 1800s by ships travelling from
the Canary Islands to Torquay in Devon.
spokesman for the Natural History Museum said: "Reports from
people thought to have been bitten by Steatoda nobilis describe
varying levels of burning, discomfort or numbness and associated
swelling in the area surrounding the bite."
symptoms usually disappear within one to three days and are not
fatal, the spokesman added.
species has spread across the south of England over the past 20
years and conservationist believe the changing climate could be
playing a role.