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Pets and False Widow Spiders

James —  September 8, 2014 — Leave a comment

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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 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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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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False Widow Spider Glue Trap

False Widow Spiders caught in a glue trap

When you consider the dangers of false widow spider bites, the last thing that you want is false widow spiders living in your house!

It’s been reported that lots of false widow spiders are now looking for heat and shelter in people’s houses as the temperatures are dropping outside.

It can be difficult to stop false widow spiders entering your house, and for many households they may already be present, however there are some ways that you can minimise the risk of false widows spiders setting up home in your house:

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