A school is shut down after it is overrun with venomous spiders. The false widow spider made a home for themselves in the Dean Academy in the U.K. and because they are a venomous spider, the school was shut down for exterminators to come in and rid the place of the pests, according to Euronews on Oct. 23.
The Dean of the academy in Gloucestershire made the decision to get the kids out of the school for just a day and when they return tomorrow, everything should be safe and sound and spider-less. A bite from a false black widow is extremely rare and no one has ever died in the U.K. from a spider bite. The Natural History Museum claims:
“There are 640 species of spider in the U.K. Only 12 of these have been known to bite humans in the U.K.”
According to the Natural History Museum’s Insect Information Service:
“The severity of symptoms from any spider bite depends on the amount of venom that is injected. False widow spider bite reports include symptoms such as chest pains, swelling and tingling of fingers.”
The several years of mild winters in the UK has offered a breeding scenario for the spiders as the creatures are seen at an increased rate, which is especially true along the south coast of England.
While the spiders might not bite people, just being in a building that harbors the creatures could cause a lot of anxiety for folks, especially those with a fear of the eight-legged creatures.