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Family forced to flee home after finding potentially deadly spiders in a bunch of bananas

A nest of the spiders - feared to be the world's most toxic - was found in a bunch of bananas in Hednesford, Staffordshire Photo: SWNS

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.

Jamie Roberts, 31, and wife Crystal, 30, with their children Georgina, seven, and Joshua, five Credit: SWNS

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.

Jamie at first thought the white marks were simply mould Credit: SWNS

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.

The family fears the creatures could have been Brazilian Wandering Spiders - the world's most toxic. Credit: SWNS

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.

It was like something out of a horror film because suddenly the window sill was moving with hundreds of these spiders.

My wife and I rang the shop where we bought them and they asked us to drop them round to them.

When we did they called pest control and they told us to get out of the house.

They said they couldn’t be sure what kind of species of spider they were because you can only do that when they are fully grown but they looked identical to the deadly Brazilian Wandering Spider.

– Jamie Roberts
Pest controllers took 24 hours to clear the spiders with toxic fumes Credit: SWNS

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.