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Brighton chef captures false widow spider seen scuttling across his bed

The Argus: Chef captures false widow spider seen scuttling across his bed Chef captures false widow spider seen scuttling across his bed

How would you react if you found one of the country’s most venomous spiders in your bed?

Creepy crawly cowards would probably run a mile – but this cool customer scooped up a notorious false widow spider he found crawling across his bed sheets.

Joe Whitehouse spotted the eight-legged arachnid as he made his bed at home in Lansdowne Street, Brighton. Instead of running a mile he swiftly put it in an aired jar.

The 27-year-old, who works as a chef at Jamie’s Italian in Black Lion Street, said: “As I was making the bed I saw it running pretty fast across it. I was slightly scared at first but it’s not huge, it’s about half an inch. I think I might keep it as a pet now – but I live with my girlfriend and she isn’t too keen on the idea.

“I wasn’t sure what they ate so I gave it some woodlice from the garden.

“But it didn’t seem interested.”

The false widow is believed to have arrived in Britain in crates of fruit from the Canary Islands in the 1870s and prefers warm and dark places.

It is deemed to be one of the most venomous spiders in the country and its bite can cause severe allergic reactions.

But experts say false widows are not usually aggressive towards humans.

Jess Price, of the Sussex Wildlife Trust, has previously blogged on false widow spiders in Sussex.

She said there are six species of false widow spider that occur in the UK, but only three are commonly seen, including the S. nobilis.

She said: “These species are synanthropic, which means they live near humans, benefiting from the artificial habitats we create such as sheds, garages, porches and conservatories. She added:

“False widow bites are reported as usually being no worse than a bee or wasp sting. However some people can have a more severe reaction to S. nobilis including swelling and numbness.

“They are smaller than a 1p piece and have a distinctive globular shaped body and a glossy brown or black finish.”

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7:44am Mon 24 Mar 14

hoveguyactually says...

I feel ill just thinking about it.
I feel ill just thinking about it. hoveguyactually
  • Score: 3

8:02am Mon 24 Mar 14

BURIRAM says...

I would move house
I would move house BURIRAM
  • Score: 5

8:17am Mon 24 Mar 14

gheese77 says...

There are dozens of them in my shed
There are dozens of them in my shed gheese77
  • Score: 5

9:30am Mon 24 Mar 14

East of CrawleyDown says...

These spiders are common right across England now, they really aren't dangerous unless you are unlucky to suffer a bad reaction and they aren't aggressive. The media like to hype them up for effect.
These spiders are common right across England now, they really aren't dangerous unless you are unlucky to suffer a bad reaction and they aren't aggressive. The media like to hype them up for effect. East of CrawleyDown
  • Score: 6

9:47am Mon 24 Mar 14

In the sticks says...

They're everywhere in this part of the country and are nothing new.

You should see the hundreds you find in the building trade. Try taking a roof off: They're under every other roof tile.

Along the lines of you're never further than X feet from a rat - you're never more than X feet from one of these little spiders.

As above: Media hysteria.
They're everywhere in this part of the country and are nothing new. You should see the hundreds you find in the building trade. Try taking a roof off: They're under every other roof tile. Along the lines of you're never further than X feet from a rat - you're never more than X feet from one of these little spiders. As above: Media hysteria. In the sticks
  • Score: 9

12:44pm Mon 24 Mar 14

notaconspiracy says...

I had a spider in my house once. Didn't tell the local newspaper about it, though...
I had a spider in my house once. Didn't tell the local newspaper about it, though... notaconspiracy
  • Score: 8

1:12pm Mon 24 Mar 14

Dr Pork says...

'experts say false widows are not usually aggressive towards humans'

They are when they've got a few Lambrinis inside them.
'experts say false widows are not usually aggressive towards humans' They are when they've got a few Lambrinis inside them. Dr Pork
  • Score: 2

2:02pm Mon 24 Mar 14

BrightonCrimeFan says...

I have one living in the space between my kitchen windows. Spiders scare the whatsit out of me but i reckon if i leave it alone it'll do the same, poisonous or not...
I have one living in the space between my kitchen windows. Spiders scare the whatsit out of me but i reckon if i leave it alone it'll do the same, poisonous or not... BrightonCrimeFan
  • Score: 2

8:38pm Mon 24 Mar 14

LeonBIank666 says...

Not the most manliest of bed covers are they?
Not the most manliest of bed covers are they? LeonBIank666
  • Score: -1

11:08pm Mon 24 Mar 14

scuba1 says...

Can't even see the spider let alone what species !
Can't even see the spider let alone what species ! scuba1
  • Score: 0

2:36pm Tue 25 Mar 14

VoodooGangbanger says...

Squished one of these on my face last year right under my eye while I was sleeping, took a heavy dose of poison the initial burning passed then it went numb and swelled up, then it caused a infection and had to go on some specific antibiotics.

took pictures along the way from its initial bite to the infection, pretty trippy to look at now and then, just a inch or two off and I could of lost my eye.
Squished one of these on my face last year right under my eye while I was sleeping, took a heavy dose of poison the initial burning passed then it went numb and swelled up, then it caused a infection and had to go on some specific antibiotics. took pictures along the way from its initial bite to the infection, pretty trippy to look at now and then, just a inch or two off and I could of lost my eye. VoodooGangbanger
  • Score: 0

2:45pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Paulie Walnuts says...

My god how is this a story?
My god how is this a story? Paulie Walnuts
  • Score: 0

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