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Mother warns of false widow spiders in Bridgwater
A MOTHER of three from a Bridgwater village is warning families to beware of false widow spiders after she discovered a suspected infestation at her home.
Claire Radford, 40, noticed a large group of spiders fitting the description of Britain's most venomous arachnid on an outside wall of her home in Horsey.
She said the creatures had distinctive white markings on their fat bodies, similar to those of the false widow spider.
“I saw one dangling down from a web, so I saw the detail clearly. Since then, we’ve spotted them all around the bungalow and in the garage.
“We found around 100 of them all on one wall so we began using the Rentokil insect spray to kill them. That’s been effective so far and we’re seeing less now.
“None of my family has been bitten. I’m just terrified they’ll get in the house. We haven’t been able to open our windows for fear of them coming in.
“I’d like to warn people that they are in our area.”
The spider has so far been found in at least three properties in the Burnham and Highbridge area and a mother and daughter from Taunton were hospitalised after both being bitten by the spiders.
However, there are no recorded deaths from spider bites in the UK and, as with a bee sting, the seriousness of an allergic reaction to a bite depends on the individual.
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