Increase in false widow spiders

Great Yarmouth Borough Council is reassuring the public after a sudden increase in reports of false widow spiders in the borough this week.

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Council reassures public about spiders

A false widow spider

Great Yarmouth Borough Council is reassuring the public after a sudden increase in reports of false widow spiders in the town this week.


*The environmental health department has received three separate calls from concerned members of the public. *




A false widow spider

Council officers say that despite having a name similar to the infamous black window, the false widow is not deadly, but can administer a nasty bite like many other spiders.**

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Jeremy Marsh, a senior environmental health officer, said: "The key message to the public is don't panic. It is not a deadly invasion. The spider has been in England for two hundred years and never killed anyone."

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"They can bite and produce venom that could leave a slight swelling and tingling sensation, but usually the bite is no worse that a bee or wasp sting.**

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"However, medical advice should be sought in the event of an allergic response or you are already compromised by health issues.**