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Woman got in a spin when she thought a false widow was in her Lye home
2:25pm Friday 18th October 2013 in News
A LYE woman has admitted she was “petrified” when she thought one of Britain’s most venomous spiders had took up residence in her living room.
When Emma Munn, aged 30, of Talbot Street, had a closer look at the eight-legged creature she was convinced it was a false widow spider, following recent horror stories that have dominated the headlines nationally.
Miss Munn said: “As soon as I saw it I asked my neighbour to come and have a look. I Googled the false widow on my phone and saw pictures of the skull on its back and then looking at this one, it had similar markings.”
The mother-of-two managed to capture the creepy crawly in a jar but was unnerved: “I kept looking around in case there was any more. I was petrified thinking they would be in my kids’ bedrooms.”
When Miss Munn found more spiders on her doorstep, she began to panic: “I thought we might have a nest and I might need to phone pest control.”
After she got in touch with the News, the photograph of the spider was sent to the Staffordshire Wildlife Trust to be identified.
The trust confirmed it was in fact a window spider, a close relative of the common garden spider.
Miss Munn was “absolutely relieved” when she was told and added: “You can easily mistake other spiders for being a false widow spider, especially as I had never seen that type of spider before, even though it must be common.”
The trust spokesman said there has been no verified sightings of the false widow spider in the area and also assured people that if they were to find a false widow, it is not dangerous.
County spider recorder, Craig Slawson, said: "The photos of spiders that people have been seeing either in the press or on social media are of house and garden spiders which are very common at this time of year.
“I am concerned that other spider species could be suffering because of people’s fears about false widow spiders, and would ask that they refrain from harming them. All spiders are fantastic natural pest controllers so are best left to do their job, eating flies and other insects.”
He added that the noble false widow spider has been in the UK for 170 years and there have been no fatalities resulting from bites.
Mr Slawson said he was happy to identify any species of spider from a photograph that was emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
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