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Pets and False Widow Spiders

James —  September 8, 2014 — Leave a comment


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:

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False Widow Spider Map August 2014

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.

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False Widow Spider Map

We have again had another large amount of emails through with new false widow spider sightings across the UK.

Areas include:

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Sighting MapWe 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:

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False Widow Spider Infestation

How To Catch a False Widow Spider

James —  October 16, 2013 — 3 Comments

False widow spiders are being spotted all over England now. There have even been reports of the spiders in Scotland recently in the media.

Obviously, you do not want these spiders roaming free on your house, so it’s important that you catch any false widows that might be lurking in and around your house.

There are two scenarios that you need to think about:

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Online False Widow Spider MapWe have received reports of new false widow spider sightings in various locations around the country in the past 24 hours. This has come via our contact form and also been reported in the media.

Areas where false widow spiders have been spotted in the past 24 hours include:

  • Warrington
  • Overseal
  • Grimsby
  • Barton
  • Newent
  • Gloucester

As always we are tracking the reports of sightings on our false widow spider map. If you see or hear of any sightings that we should be showing on our map, please get in touch using our online contact form.

Spider in glassThere has been an undeniable rise in sightings of the false widow spider across the UK and we are getting reports of sightings daily which we are adding to our sightings map.

With the potential dangers of getting a bite from a false widow spider, the best thing that you can do if you find one in your home is to remove it safely.

Ideally you do not want to touch the false widow spider, so the “paper and cup” technique is risky, as you will have to get quite close to the spider.

Here are a couple of ideas for ways to catch a false widow spider and remove it from your home without having to come into close contact with it.

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An expert talks about the False Widow Spider on BBC News

With the growth of the false widow spider population in the United Kingdom and the spread of the species across the country, a lot more of their bites are being reported.

Although for most people a bite from this creature will only give the same reaction as a bee or a wasp sting, for those who are unfortunate enough to be allergic to the spider’s venom, it can have some terrible, potentially life threatening effects.

Here are some of the worst false widow spider bite wounds we have seen online (please be warned that some people may find these images disturbing):

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