False widow spider spied crawling towards baby in Blackheath

This Is Local London: The false widow spider David Banks spotted crawling towards his baby in Blackheath The false widow spider David Banks spotted crawling towards his baby in Blackheath

A FATHER had the "hairs standing on his neck" after spying the UK’s most venomous spider crawling towards his baby in Blackheath.

It comes after an army of false widow spiders - whose venom can be deadly for those allergic - have been spotted across News Shopper land with readers reporting around 100 sightings.

This Is Local London: False widow spider spied crawling towards baby in Blackheath

David Banks saw the "fearsome-looking beast" with a skull shape marked on the back of its black body making a bee-line for his six-month-old son Eden in Blackheath’s Cator Estate.

The 38-year-old public relations consultant told News Shopper: "I saw something out of the corner of my eye. It was a spider crawling to the baby. "I had the hairs on the back of my neck up.

"It is a fearsome-looking beast with a skull on its back. "It did make me a bit worried when I saw it, especially when I trapped it and saw the markings.

This Is Local London: False widow spider spied crawling towards baby in Blackheath

"I am sure he [Eden] would have been intrigued to see the spider and reached out to grab it.

"You don’t often see spiders of that size in this country and looking like that. My rule of thumb is – anything with a nasty looking marking on the back is making a point."

The former journalist trapped the Steatoda noblis – also known as the biting spider – in a beaker and threw it out of harm’s way.

Mr Banks, who is interested in insects and seen many arachnids when working in the Middle East, added: "Although it does look quite scary, it probably wouldn’t kill anyone unless they went into anaphylactic shock.

"But most of the time if it bites, it is going to be like a bee sting."

News Shopper has recently been flooded with reports of the creature - with sightings stretching from Lewisham to Gravesend.

 

This Is Local London: Gemma Stuart found a false widow hanging out in her Eltham home; pictured with her children Sienna and Jody

One Eltham mum is "sleeping with one eye open" after returning from work to find one hanging out in her Eltham home.

Gemma Stuart, 31, who lives off Westmount Road, said: "He wasn’t what I was expecting when I came home from work. "I turned on the light and it was there on my wall. I just thought: ‘oh my god’.

"It freaked me out.

"I grabbed a bowl and put the bowl over the top of it. I sat there for five minutes and thought ‘what am I going to do, everyone else is asleep?’"

This Is Local London: False widow spider spied crawling towards baby in Blackheath

The-mother-of-two, who works in document production, says she finally plucked up the courage to take it outside but heard a "crunch" as she did so and accidentally killed the not-so-'mini-beast'.

She said: "I am sleeping with one eye open and my mouth closed. I just don’t know if there are any nests."

Click here to find out more facts about false widow spiders.

 

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11:29am Tue 1 Oct 13

Gypo.Joe says...

A clean home is a spider free home. Instead of watching the telly all day get off your arses and get cleaning.
Arm yaself with a rolled up copy of your Daily Wail or the Sun and a nice firm whack should do the trick if you do see any of these child eating creatures.

Bleach and disinfectant if your friend ladies.
A clean home is a spider free home. Instead of watching the telly all day get off your arses and get cleaning. Arm yaself with a rolled up copy of your Daily Wail or the Sun and a nice firm whack should do the trick if you do see any of these child eating creatures. Bleach and disinfectant if your friend ladies. Gypo.Joe
  • Score: -16

11:56am Tue 1 Oct 13

Witchkid says...

Ffs NS, enough is enough! Stop it. Just stop it.
Ffs NS, enough is enough! Stop it. Just stop it. Witchkid
  • Score: 15

12:36pm Tue 1 Oct 13

cookster says...

Wait until they find out there's such a thing as a Fox Spider!
Wait until they find out there's such a thing as a Fox Spider! cookster
  • Score: 12

3:50pm Tue 1 Oct 13

DinoFish says...

These spider stories are getting dull and are no longer really news. Come on NS this is really lazy journalism, you're just keeping the story going by asking people to contact you.

I'm all for a local paper reflecting something different and more personal than the Nationals, but this is not news.
These spider stories are getting dull and are no longer really news. Come on NS this is really lazy journalism, you're just keeping the story going by asking people to contact you. I'm all for a local paper reflecting something different and more personal than the Nationals, but this is not news. DinoFish
  • Score: 6

5:09pm Tue 1 Oct 13

molsey says...

I heard that this particular spider's husband is still alive?
I heard that this particular spider's husband is still alive? molsey
  • Score: 3

5:14pm Tue 1 Oct 13

that charming man says...

Deadly spider? Really?
This is like calling peanuts deadly. ANYTHING will be deadly, IF you're allergic to it. I'm allergic to the cat next door but she's hardly deadly!
Come on NS, this is really dredging for a story now.
I wonder how many people have killed ordinary garden spiders just because they've been panicked by your lazy 'journalism'.
Stop it, please, you're embarrassing yourselves.
Deadly spider? Really? This is like calling peanuts deadly. ANYTHING will be deadly, IF you're allergic to it. I'm allergic to the cat next door but she's hardly deadly! Come on NS, this is really dredging for a story now. I wonder how many people have killed ordinary garden spiders just because they've been panicked by your lazy 'journalism'. Stop it, please, you're embarrassing yourselves. that charming man
  • Score: 7

7:53pm Tue 1 Oct 13

Marty1979 says...

Former journalist?
Former journalist? Marty1979
  • Score: -1

8:42am Wed 2 Oct 13

Slonik says...

Yeah right, Britain's most venomous spiders are renowned for targeting babies... lol

What next in the NS I wonder? "Peanut seen In packed Orpington boozer!!!"... "Bumble bee spotted flying towards children's play area"...

Anyone would think there wasn't any real news to report.
Yeah right, Britain's most venomous spiders are renowned for targeting babies... lol What next in the NS I wonder? "Peanut seen In packed Orpington boozer!!!"... "Bumble bee spotted flying towards children's play area"... Anyone would think there wasn't any real news to report. Slonik
  • Score: 3

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