Wrong warning about the black widow as attacks increase after the heat wave
False widow spider attacks could spike over the summer due to the recent heat wave.
The eight-legged creatures are similar to the deadly Black Widow and can cause extremely painful bites and even infection.
Experts say the population is increasing and the number of people who need to be hospitalized after a bite has increased rapidly.
A recent study by NUI Galway found that hospitals have reported an increase in bite cases from the common Noble False Widow spider.
The study published in Clinical Toxicology showed that most Noble False Widow spider bites happened in and around the house, with most people being bitten in bed.
Scientists also warned that victims of bites had symptoms similar to those bitten by black widow spiders and, in severe cases, had to be hospitalized.
It comes after a Scot in the hospital fought for his life after being bitten in the face by a fake widow spider in his garden last month.
Margaret Wood was bitten over the eye by a fake widow spider – and lost full control of his body within 48 hours.
Dr. Christopher Terrell-Nield, an entomologist at Nottingham Trent University, said the population could increase due to the recent hot weather.
He told The Sun: “The breeding season is more likely to be in the summer months when it is warmer.
“There are two generations over the summer, which would add to the number.”
In 2020, researchers discovered 111 out of 140 toxins found in the venom of Noble False Widow spiders, which are common to those of Black Widows.
Noble False Widow spiders made from bananas were believed to have been introduced to the UK from the Canary Islands and Madeira.
These spiders are now well established across the UK and have even spread to Scotland in recent years.
Noble false widow spiders are found in homes and buildings and prefer elevated positions such as the top corners of rooms to hunt flying insects.
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The spiders are not known to be aggressive, but they are venomous and will attack when they feel in danger.
Biologists say the Noble False Widow spiders even have the potential to become one of the most invasive species of spider in the world.
It was first documented in the UK over 140 years ago, but in the past few decades the number of the species has suddenly increased.
In parts of the UK and Ireland, Ireland and the UK, it has become one of the most common species of spider in and around urban habitats.