Though false widow spiders have had a lot of bad publicity lately, they are an interesting species of arachnid. To lighten the mood we have got 10 interesting facts on false widow spiders:
When dealing with false widow spiders the last thing you want is for your cat or dog to be bitten, especially when your pets can mistake the spider as a new fun toy.
There have been various reports of dogs and cats being bitten by false widow spiders. This can cause potentially life threatening issues if not treated quickly.
Spider bites on cats are less common because a cat’s skin is usually thicker than spider fangs. Though they are less common it can happen; if it does happen and you notice your cat has a rash, lump, restlessness, shallow breathing or anything else that seems abnormal you should take the cat to the vet immediately.
Spider bites in dogs are much more common, dogs are outside a lot and love to get into bushes and go around trees. If your dog has a rash, lump, restlessness, shallow breathing or anything else that seems abnormal you should also take it to the vet immediately.
Here are some tips on preventing your pets from being bitten:
Since starting the website in October 2013 we have had an amazing response from people reporting sightings of false widow spiders and sending us photos.
We want to encourage people to keep emailing us their false widow spider sightings and sending us photos. If you have any information or images please feel free to get in touch today.
We have again had another large amount of emails through with new false widow spider sightings across the UK.
We have had a huge influx of emails over the weekend from various people reporting sightings of false widow spiders all over the UK.
We have added all of these locations to our false widow spider map.
Locations of reported sightings include: