A terrified family were forced to leave their home for three days after they discovered a swarm of potentially toxic spiders in a bunch of bananas.
Dad Jamie Roberts, 31, spotted white patches in the fruit after putting them in a bowl, but assumed the marks were simply mould.
However, closer inspection revealed a spider nest containing hundreds of the eight-legged creatures.
Jamie - who already suffered from arachnophobia - and his wife Crystal called pest controllers, who warned them to leave their home immediately.
The couple and their two children - Georgina, seven, and Joshua, five - were kept out of the house in Hednesford, Staffordshire for three days while toxic fumes used to kill the spiders were cleared.
While the spiders have not been officially identified, the family believe they may be the Brazilian Wandering Spider.
According to the Guinness World Records, the species is the world's most poisonous spider, with venom said to be 30 times more powerful than that of a rattlesnake.
Humans bitten by a Brazilian Wandering Spider can suffer an irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, vomiting and eventual death. Children under seven are thought to be most vulnerable to their bite.
Jamie’s wife Crystal said she had bought the bananas from a local shop.
“I unpacked the bananas from the cellophane wrapper and put it in the bin so it’s possible the ‘queen spider’ may have been in there," she said.