False widow spiders have infested a secondary school in England. The Dean Academy in Gloucestershire was forced to close a week before Halloween. According to United Press International on Oct. 24, although no one has died, but the school was closed as a precaution.
A 39-year-old Essex soccer player nearly had to have his leg amputated after a bite earlier this year, however.
False Widow Spiders are venomous and often mistaken for their deadly cousin, the black widow. Climatologists are blaming global warming for bringing them into a new area. The false widow spider has been expanding its range over the past 15 years. The school was closed on Wednesday and is likely to reopen today.
False Widow Spiders are venomous and considered the most dangerous of Britain's biting spiders, but their bite is not fatal. Symptoms of a bite are similar to that of a bee sting. The spiders are not considered aggressive and getting stung by a bee or wasp is more likely. The funny thing is that the female spider will spin a web near a home and help to rid it of flies and wasps.
The most likely situation where a bite can occur is when putting on your pajamas at night where a false widow spider is trapped inside the clothing. Once the garment is on, the spider can access your bare skin and may bite in self defense.
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