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Spider matching False Widow patterning spotted in Winsford
Lisa took this shot of the spider before it vanished. A size comparison can be made with the screw in the door hinge, bottom right
A SPIDER spotted in Winsford could be the second Cheshire sighting of the dreaded False Widow in as many days.
Winsford resident Lisa Street saw the arachnid clinging to an interior doorframe of her house in Station Road at 8am on Thursday morning, September 26.
But far from running a mile, the 29-year-old mother-of-three left her new house guest to its own devices, while she went to conduct some internet research.
“To be honest, I didn’t know what it was, but I actually quite like spiders, so I wouldn’t have hurt it. They don’t bother me at all.
“I put a photo of it on Facebook and someone posted the story from The Guardian,” she said, referring to a shocked Knutsford resident who discovered a purported False Widow on his windowsill.
After reading that her eight legged interloper could deliver highly venomous bites capable of causing massive swelling and – in worst cases – the need for amputation, Lisa realised the beast had vanished.
“When I went back, it wasn’t there,” she said, adding that she had no idea where the unexpected guest could have crept off to.
The False Widow, whose Latin name is Steatoda Nobilis, developed a large population in Devon after being transported to Britain in fruit from the Canary Islands.
Its distribution is expected to increase northwards due to warmer weather.
There have been more than 50 sightings of the arachnid in the London and Kent area.
If bitten by the spider, experts recommend you immediately seek medical attention and tell them it was a false widow.
Symptoms can include pins and needles, mild chest pains and swelling near the area of the bite.
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