**OUCH** AND **OUCH** AGAIN..YOU MAY NEED TO LOOK AWAY!!
TO SET THE SCENE………JUST OUT OF THE SHOWER, CLEAN CLOTHES FROM DRAWER…….OFF UP THE ROAD FOR COFFEE WITH A NEIGHBOUR IN HER CONSERVATORY, ON RETURNING HOME 2 HOURS LATER……..
INTENSE ITCHING….NEIGHBOUR HAS CAT!! OH DEAR THE CAT MUST HAVE FLEAS……ITCHING SPREADING DOWN FROM UPPER ARM TO ELBOW, REMOVED FLEECE, OPEN JUMPER AT THE WRIST, OUT POPS FLEA!!………NO SUCH LUCK…..WAIT FOR IT, A SMALL BLACK SPIDER!! FOR SOMEONE WHO IS PETRIFIED OF THEM, NOT GOOD!!
THOUGHT NO MORE ABOUT IT (WELL, I TRIED HARD NOT TO) THAT EVENING SPENT A VERY UNCOMFORTABLE NIGHT, ITCHING LIKE A CRAZY PERSON…..
NEXT MORNING, VERY SWOLLEN ARM, 2 BITES, NOW THE WEEK BEFORE WE HAD SAT FOR OUR DAUGHTER AND REMEMBER GRANDSON RECOUNTING STORY ABOUT BLACK SPIDER BITING WOMAN WHILST IN BED, AND HER LEG SWELLING UP…..GREAT, DECIDED TO INVESTIGATE, LUCKILY THE SPIDER WAS STILL ON KITCHEN FLOOR (OH IS VERY GOOD LOOKING AFTER ME, BUT CLEANING UP THE FLOOR, NOT TOO HOT ON……
IT APPEARS TO BE A FALSE WIDOW SPIDER!!
Sorry but the next part is rather long…….The species is not usually aggressive towards humans and that being bitten is rare. )OH YES!!
The species is becoming more common and more widespread, says John Tweddle from the life sciences department at the Natural History Museum, London.
He says that “it’s not an influx as such, rather that existing populations are expanding”.
And being bitten by one is not very common, explains Dr Tweddle. It’s much less common than a bee or a wasp sting.
‘Not aggressive’ OH DONT YOU BELIEVE IT!!
False widow spider
False widow spiders arrived in south-west England in the 1870s
It is Britain’s most venomous spider, although there are no reported deaths from its bite in the UK
The spider has distinctive cream markings on its bulbous body and is brown with reddish-orangey legs
It eats insects, invertebrates and even other spiders
It prefers warm, dark places
The UK has about 650 species of spider and of these only about a dozen are capable of biting humans
Source: Natural History Museum
What makes a species venomous?
“There have been very few confirmed incidences of bites from Steatoda nobilis, although adult female false widow spiders are certainly capable of biting humans if handled without due care – the smaller males are not known to cause bites.
“It is not an aggressive species towards humans and is most likely to bite when accidentally prodded or squashed, or trapped in clothing.”
The false widow is believed to have arrived in Britain in crates of fruit from the Canary Islands in the late 19th Century, with the first reported sighting in Torquay in 1879.
The species has most likely spread as a response to a changing climate, adds Dr Tweddle.
“We’re expecting the species to continue to increase its distribution within the UK. We tend to spot spiders most frequently during the Autumn as this is when many of the UK’s larger species reach maximum size, so are most visible.”
The symptoms of a bite range from feelings of numbness, severe swelling and discomfort, to various levels of burning or chest pains. The severity of the symptoms depends on the amount of venom that was injected.
There have been no reported deaths from its bite in the UK.
Although a bite is very uncomfortable, it’s no stronger than a wasp sting, says Mark Champion from the Wildlife Trust. There is also a greater chance of dying from a wasp or bee sting, he adds.
“The bite that it gives is mainly defensive, so it’s not coming out to get you, it’s not a horror movie,” he told BBC Breakfast..
I WOULD LIKE TO BELIEVE THAT !!
“The swelling can become the size of a tennis ball. It can be something quite big but it’s not something we all need to panic about.” ALRIGHT FOR YOU TO SAY, IT DID NOT BITE YOU!!
A footballer was recently bitten by a false widow in his sleep had to undergo surgery to cut away the area around the bite. OH MARVELLOUS NEWS!!
One newspaper has also reported that a man was left fighting for his life after a bite on his foot.
Sara Goodacre from the University of Nottingham’s Spider Lab, says there seems to be a “disproportionate worry” about the creatures and that such media reports are “scaremongering”.
False Widows are extremely prevalent in France and Spain, yet there are rarely reports of holiday makers being bitten, Dr Goodacre told BBC News.
Furthermore, she adds, some of the media reports of the bites are not consistent with the effect a neurotoxin – present in a false widow’s venom – would have.
Responding to the footballer surgery, Dr Goodacre says: "That’s what you would need to do with a venom that’s slowly breaking down the tissue, which some snake and spider venoms do – but not the false widow.
“People aren’t always reporting the same consistent symptoms. It’s important to work out if we are talking about the same thing, or whether it’s an allergy where the symptoms depends on the person that’s bitten.
THAT IS WHAT THEY LOOK LIKE…….NOW ARE YOU HAVING THE SAME THOUGHTS THAT I AM HAVING? UMMMMM !!!! DID IT COME FROM MY DRAWER WHICH IS DARK AND WARM AND ARE THERE EGGS HATCHING IN THERE AS I TYPE THIS……….
MY ARM IS STILL ITCHING DESPITE TAKING ANTHISTAMINE AND CREAM FOR THE BITES……..I AM TRYING NOT TO PANIC!!
let this be a warning, look in your clothes before you put them on….oh and by the way……..guess what?
YES!! IT IS RAINING AGAIN……..
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