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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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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False Widow Spider Bite

False Widow Spider Bites can be deadly to humans

Recently there have been a lot of stories in the news both online and elsewhere about an increase in false widow spider bites. This, coupled with the fact that the spiders seem to be spreading like wildfire, is obviously concerning to a lot of people.

We are currently tracking sightings of the false widow spider in the UK using ourĀ False Widow Spider Sighting Map.

In this article I would like to try and give you as much information as possible about false widow spiders bites, so that you can be prepared if you ever should come into contact with a false widow spider at home or indeed elsewhere.

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False Widow Spider UK Sighting Map 2013

False Widow Spider UK Sighting Map 2013


The false widow spider is not native to the UK, however was thought to have been introduced to the UK having traveled in fruit crates coming from the Canary Islands in the late 19th Century. The first reported sighting of a false widow spider in the UK was in Torquay in 1879.

Warmer Westcountry Climate

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