How to spot false widow spiders: What to do if the False Widow spider bites you

Noble False Widow spiders arrived in the UK around 1879, migrating from Madeira and the Canary Islands. In Britain the False Widow has a reputation as one of the few local spider species which is capable of inflicting a painful bite to humans, with most bites resulting in symptoms similar to a bee or wasp sting. The distribution of the spider is expected to increase northwards in the UK, due to, at least partly, mild winters in recent years. 

What to do if the False Widow spider bites you

A False Widow spider’s bite usually only cause minor irritation.

However, some stings can be painful and trigger a serious allergic reaction.

The spider’s venom can cause localised pain, minor swelling and, in extreme cases, nausea.

READ MORE: Have you got false widow spiders in YOUR house: How to spot them? 

What is the False Widow spider?

The False Widow spider is often mistaken for its much more dangerous distant cousin, the Black Widow.

The noble false widow is the most venomous of the three types of false widow species found in and around British homes.

It is believed that the spider was first imported to Britain in bunches of bananas from its native homelands of Madeira and the Canary Islands.

The first sighting of a noble false widow was in 1879 in Torquay but the species has since spread across southern England.

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