False widow spiders have become a huge problem for one school. False widow spiders led to its closure as an infestation got a bit out of control. According to a report from Wednesday (Oct. 23), something straight out of a horror movie was playing out at a secondary school in southwest England's Gloucestershire.
A venomous spider infestation has taken place at The Dean Academy in Britain, leading them to close the doors in order to deal with it. Known by the scientific name Steatoda nobilis, this species has become very common in the U.K. It is called a biting spider and is considered dangerous by some people, but not quite as dangerous as its relative (the black widow spider).
This isn't the first time that the species has popped up in headlines from the British media, but it has certainly caused quite a stir. It has also created a lot of fear about something that typically doesn't pose a huge danger to humans. With no actual record of one having bitten and killed a human, it might seem a little rash to then close a school because of them.
While the mere sight of many false widow spiders in a small location might be enough to cause nightmares, they aren't nearly as dangerous as other breeds around the world. That they are about as fast as a snail moving across the floor does need to be taken into account as well, but on this day The Dean Academy in Britain was apparently not taking any chances.
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