Help! Southend home invaded by venomous spiders

Help! Southend home invaded by venomous spiders

Afraid – Jade Hodges with son Charlie, three

A spider in their home

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A MUM is appealing for help after her home was invaded by false widow spiders.

Jade Hodges, 27, of Feeches Road, Southend, is terrified after the venomous spiders began to appear in her conservatory.

The creatures gained a fearful reputation last year after several instances of people being hospitalised by bites, made the national news.

Miss Hodges is worried about the safety of her children Charlie, three, and Chloe, five months, and wants the spiders removed, but claims she can’t afford to pay for pest controllers to get rid of them.

She said: “We don’t knowwhat to do. We’ve spent hours looking online about how to get rid of them and not found anything.

“It’s worrying, because you hear conflicting stories about bites. Some say it’s the same as a bee sting, but I’ve had people saying on Facebook theywere bitten and ended up in hospital.

“We contacted exterminators and they quoted £88, which we can’t afford.

“We keep the kids out of the conservatory, but it’s old, the wood might be a bit rotten and spiders find a way of getting into places.”

Miss Hodges has also sought expert opinion from Roger Payne, entomologist and curator of natural history at Southend Museums.

He said: “It depends how much venom they inject.

“The worst I’ve seen is a reaction like a bee sting.

“They are fairly common in the area and are spreading further north.

“They are not aggressive, but will bite in self defence if they’re picked up or trapped.”

A spokesman for Southend Council said it can’t help. The spokesman said: “We did offer pest control services for longer than many other local authorities, but stopped the service last year.

“We now offer advice to residents and can provide them with details of pest control contractors.”

FALSE WIDOW - WATCH OUT FOR FEMALES

  • Latin name: Steatoda nobilis ! Essex decorator Ricky Whitmore nearly lost a leg after being bitten last year.
  • Alison Blackburn, from Kent, was admitted to intensive care with severe fever after one bit her foot in January.
  • Builder Steve Davis, from London, nearly lost his thumb in November after two bites.
  • Member of the widow family, of which the black widow is particularly harmful to humans.
  • Most bites result in symptoms similar to a wasp or bee sting.
  • They spin an untidy web, commonly in corners of rooms, particularly conservatories, sheds and window frames.
  • They generally hide away in a crack or crevice and dart out if something is caught in their net.
  • Only the females bite.

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3:25am Mon 23 Jun 14

emcee says...

Here we go again. More sensationalist journalism regarding relitively harmless wildlife.
False widows are no more dangerous than bees or wasps (or even gnats) OK, some people may react badly to a false widow bite but so do certain people with bee and wasp stings.
For what it is worth, I had two or three of these spiders in my home last year (none seen this year as of yet) but I just left them to get on with whatever they do.
Leave them alone and they will leave you alone... just like bees.
Here we go again. More sensationalist journalism regarding relitively harmless wildlife. False widows are no more dangerous than bees or wasps (or even gnats) OK, some people may react badly to a false widow bite but so do certain people with bee and wasp stings. For what it is worth, I had two or three of these spiders in my home last year (none seen this year as of yet) but I just left them to get on with whatever they do. Leave them alone and they will leave you alone... just like bees. emcee
  • Score: 38

7:06am Mon 23 Jun 14

Happy Chickie says...

Non story - next.
Non story - next. Happy Chickie
  • Score: 10

8:08am Mon 23 Jun 14

pembury53 says...

the clue is in the name, 'false widow'........ it doesn't cut the mustard, in truth
the clue is in the name, 'false widow'........ it doesn't cut the mustard, in truth pembury53
  • Score: 5

8:26am Mon 23 Jun 14

hayabslee says...

To be honest, I'd be more concerned about the mould in your property than a spider!
To be honest, I'd be more concerned about the mould in your property than a spider! hayabslee
  • Score: 9

8:50am Mon 23 Jun 14

Ilkiecat says...

Can't afford pest control? Hello! You can buy bug spray anywhere. Works on spiders.
Can't afford pest control? Hello! You can buy bug spray anywhere. Works on spiders. Ilkiecat
  • Score: 16

8:55am Mon 23 Jun 14

BIRLIS says...

We get quite a lot of these, and they are as easy as any other spider to move outside if you are worried (using the tried and test glass and apiece of paper method).

Never been bitten, but they are game little guys. Quite happy to run back at you if you move them when they don't want to be moved! Just pick them up and put them outside if you are worried.
We get quite a lot of these, and they are as easy as any other spider to move outside if you are worried (using the tried and test glass and apiece of paper method). Never been bitten, but they are game little guys. Quite happy to run back at you if you move them when they don't want to be moved! Just pick them up and put them outside if you are worried. BIRLIS
  • Score: 12

9:40am Mon 23 Jun 14

Howard Cháse says...

How many people have been bitten by these spiders with little or no ill effect?

Would be interesting to know as a reference point/comparison to those quoted.
How many people have been bitten by these spiders with little or no ill effect? Would be interesting to know as a reference point/comparison to those quoted. Howard Cháse
  • Score: 7

10:54am Mon 23 Jun 14

ccd says...

Again? Our house is full of these - big deal. They're pretty common now.
Again? Our house is full of these - big deal. They're pretty common now. ccd
  • Score: 4

11:59am Mon 23 Jun 14

artytoit says...

FLY SPRAY!!!
FLY SPRAY!!! artytoit
  • Score: 10

1:24pm Mon 23 Jun 14

blahblahcanvey says...

Nice England kit the boy's wearing. I mean, that's £30 that "could" have gone towards his safe protection and all that...
Nice England kit the boy's wearing. I mean, that's £30 that "could" have gone towards his safe protection and all that... blahblahcanvey
  • Score: 14

1:34pm Mon 23 Jun 14

Southend78 says...

So maybe consider that this as most stories is not telling the complete truth.. papers play to get stories that people will read! I know Jade and £88 would not be an issue to her and the spiders are now gone from her conservatory (they were never in her home)! I also know that the quote was not £88 and however high it would have been she would have covered it without a problem, she would do anything to protect her kids and she was just wanting to know a bit more about the spiders and if they posed a threat!
So maybe consider that this as most stories is not telling the complete truth.. papers play to get stories that people will read! I know Jade and £88 would not be an issue to her and the spiders are now gone from her conservatory (they were never in her home)! I also know that the quote was not £88 and however high it would have been she would have covered it without a problem, she would do anything to protect her kids and she was just wanting to know a bit more about the spiders and if they posed a threat! Southend78
  • Score: 9

1:37pm Mon 23 Jun 14

Jack222 says...

I saw the bit which says only bites in self defence...

Paranoia...
I saw the bit which says only bites in self defence... Paranoia... Jack222
  • Score: 4

1:47pm Mon 23 Jun 14

TheaWells says...

Southend78 wrote:
So maybe consider that this as most stories is not telling the complete truth.. papers play to get stories that people will read! I know Jade and £88 would not be an issue to her and the spiders are now gone from her conservatory (they were never in her home)! I also know that the quote was not £88 and however high it would have been she would have covered it without a problem, she would do anything to protect her kids and she was just wanting to know a bit more about the spiders and if they posed a threat!
I think in that case the ECHO need to edit their story and apologise to Jade... It's made her look stupid.

Why do journalists do this? Disgusting!!
[quote][p][bold]Southend78[/bold] wrote: So maybe consider that this as most stories is not telling the complete truth.. papers play to get stories that people will read! I know Jade and £88 would not be an issue to her and the spiders are now gone from her conservatory (they were never in her home)! I also know that the quote was not £88 and however high it would have been she would have covered it without a problem, she would do anything to protect her kids and she was just wanting to know a bit more about the spiders and if they posed a threat![/p][/quote]I think in that case the ECHO need to edit their story and apologise to Jade... It's made her look stupid. Why do journalists do this? Disgusting!! TheaWells
  • Score: 10

1:55pm Mon 23 Jun 14

Gridlock2 says...

I think the Echo may have spun a yarn there.
I think the Echo may have spun a yarn there. Gridlock2
  • Score: 5

1:56pm Mon 23 Jun 14

Gridlock2 says...

Would I have liked this to have happened to me?
No fang queue.
Would I have liked this to have happened to me? No fang queue. Gridlock2
  • Score: 5

2:17pm Mon 23 Jun 14

TheaWells says...

we have loads of them, they are the same as any spider really.. you just flick them away and that's it. The media make it sound like these arachnids will hunt you down and inject you with necrotising evilness!
we have loads of them, they are the same as any spider really.. you just flick them away and that's it. The media make it sound like these arachnids will hunt you down and inject you with necrotising evilness! TheaWells
  • Score: 5

2:57pm Mon 23 Jun 14

Chris Flunk says...

Isn't the title rather disingenuous? I thought virtually all spiders are venomous but only the larger species have mouth parts long enough to penetrate human skin and thereby envenomate us. It's like saying "Help! Home invaded by 8-legged Spiders!"
Isn't the title rather disingenuous? I thought virtually all spiders are venomous but only the larger species have mouth parts long enough to penetrate human skin and thereby envenomate us. It's like saying "Help! Home invaded by 8-legged Spiders!" Chris Flunk
  • Score: 4

4:13pm Mon 23 Jun 14

Kim Gandy says...

Southend78 wrote:
So maybe consider that this as most stories is not telling the complete truth.. papers play to get stories that people will read! I know Jade and £88 would not be an issue to her and the spiders are now gone from her conservatory (they were never in her home)! I also know that the quote was not £88 and however high it would have been she would have covered it without a problem, she would do anything to protect her kids and she was just wanting to know a bit more about the spiders and if they posed a threat!
It's called journalism and proves you cannot believe everything you read in the newspapers.

Having worked for several national titles and a couple of local ones I can verify.

Only idiots believe everything they read in newspapers and online. And I am sure the portrayal of Jade here is very different to the person you know. I've seen it time and time again.

However, unfortunately there are a few on this website who would believe the moon was made of cheese if it made front page news on 1st April.

And if it turned up on Google, you could convince them the Queen was actually someone called Doris who was born in Plaistow.
[quote][p][bold]Southend78[/bold] wrote: So maybe consider that this as most stories is not telling the complete truth.. papers play to get stories that people will read! I know Jade and £88 would not be an issue to her and the spiders are now gone from her conservatory (they were never in her home)! I also know that the quote was not £88 and however high it would have been she would have covered it without a problem, she would do anything to protect her kids and she was just wanting to know a bit more about the spiders and if they posed a threat![/p][/quote]It's called journalism and proves you cannot believe everything you read in the newspapers. Having worked for several national titles and a couple of local ones I can verify. Only idiots believe everything they read in newspapers and online. And I am sure the portrayal of Jade here is very different to the person you know. I've seen it time and time again. However, unfortunately there are a few on this website who would believe the moon was made of cheese if it made front page news on 1st April. And if it turned up on Google, you could convince them the Queen was actually someone called Doris who was born in Plaistow. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 9

4:23pm Mon 23 Jun 14

Kim Gandy says...

Gridlock2 wrote:
I think the Echo may have spun a yarn there.
Don't you mean a web? ;P
[quote][p][bold]Gridlock2[/bold] wrote: I think the Echo may have spun a yarn there.[/p][/quote]Don't you mean a web? ;P Kim Gandy
  • Score: 2

4:49pm Mon 23 Jun 14

ccd says...

>The creatures gained a fearful reputation last year after several
> instances of people being hospitalised by bites, made the national news.
Missed a word out somewhere? How about a full stop and 'It made the national news'? Hint to writer, don't write news like you're having a conversation.
>The creatures gained a fearful reputation last year after several > instances of people being hospitalised by bites, made the national news. Missed a word out somewhere? How about a full stop and 'It made the national news'? Hint to writer, don't write news like you're having a conversation. ccd
  • Score: 3

6:44pm Mon 23 Jun 14

BIRLIS says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
Southend78 wrote:
So maybe consider that this as most stories is not telling the complete truth.. papers play to get stories that people will read! I know Jade and £88 would not be an issue to her and the spiders are now gone from her conservatory (they were never in her home)! I also know that the quote was not £88 and however high it would have been she would have covered it without a problem, she would do anything to protect her kids and she was just wanting to know a bit more about the spiders and if they posed a threat!
It's called journalism and proves you cannot believe everything you read in the newspapers.

Having worked for several national titles and a couple of local ones I can verify.

Only idiots believe everything they read in newspapers and online. And I am sure the portrayal of Jade here is very different to the person you know. I've seen it time and time again.

However, unfortunately there are a few on this website who would believe the moon was made of cheese if it made front page news on 1st April.

And if it turned up on Google, you could convince them the Queen was actually someone called Doris who was born in Plaistow.
"Only idiots believe everything they read in newspapers and online"


Trying to work out how to take this bit of information read online is very confusing..

;-)
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Southend78[/bold] wrote: So maybe consider that this as most stories is not telling the complete truth.. papers play to get stories that people will read! I know Jade and £88 would not be an issue to her and the spiders are now gone from her conservatory (they were never in her home)! I also know that the quote was not £88 and however high it would have been she would have covered it without a problem, she would do anything to protect her kids and she was just wanting to know a bit more about the spiders and if they posed a threat![/p][/quote]It's called journalism and proves you cannot believe everything you read in the newspapers. Having worked for several national titles and a couple of local ones I can verify. Only idiots believe everything they read in newspapers and online. And I am sure the portrayal of Jade here is very different to the person you know. I've seen it time and time again. However, unfortunately there are a few on this website who would believe the moon was made of cheese if it made front page news on 1st April. And if it turned up on Google, you could convince them the Queen was actually someone called Doris who was born in Plaistow.[/p][/quote]"Only idiots believe everything they read in newspapers and online" Trying to work out how to take this bit of information read online is very confusing.. ;-) BIRLIS
  • Score: 8

6:58pm Mon 23 Jun 14

pembury53 says...

Southend78 wrote:
So maybe consider that this as most stories is not telling the complete truth.. papers play to get stories that people will read! I know Jade and £88 would not be an issue to her and the spiders are now gone from her conservatory (they were never in her home)! I also know that the quote was not £88 and however high it would have been she would have covered it without a problem, she would do anything to protect her kids and she was just wanting to know a bit more about the spiders and if they posed a threat!
who in their right mind would go to the press over such triviality..... deserves to look the idiot
[quote][p][bold]Southend78[/bold] wrote: So maybe consider that this as most stories is not telling the complete truth.. papers play to get stories that people will read! I know Jade and £88 would not be an issue to her and the spiders are now gone from her conservatory (they were never in her home)! I also know that the quote was not £88 and however high it would have been she would have covered it without a problem, she would do anything to protect her kids and she was just wanting to know a bit more about the spiders and if they posed a threat![/p][/quote]who in their right mind would go to the press over such triviality..... deserves to look the idiot pembury53
  • Score: -4

7:32pm Mon 23 Jun 14

TheaWells says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
Southend78 wrote:
So maybe consider that this as most stories is not telling the complete truth.. papers play to get stories that people will read! I know Jade and £88 would not be an issue to her and the spiders are now gone from her conservatory (they were never in her home)! I also know that the quote was not £88 and however high it would have been she would have covered it without a problem, she would do anything to protect her kids and she was just wanting to know a bit more about the spiders and if they posed a threat!
It's called journalism and proves you cannot believe everything you read in the newspapers.

Having worked for several national titles and a couple of local ones I can verify.

Only idiots believe everything they read in newspapers and online. And I am sure the portrayal of Jade here is very different to the person you know. I've seen it time and time again.

However, unfortunately there are a few on this website who would believe the moon was made of cheese if it made front page news on 1st April.

And if it turned up on Google, you could convince them the Queen was actually someone called Doris who was born in Plaistow.
True. But in your case you actually posted your FILTH on your FaceBook and you STILL come back here masquerading as a human being...

I don't think anyone on here that has Googled you thinks of you any more than the offending arachnids.. in fact.. I would rather be infested by False Widows than a 'Kim Gandy'

What irony that you have THAT surname...
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Southend78[/bold] wrote: So maybe consider that this as most stories is not telling the complete truth.. papers play to get stories that people will read! I know Jade and £88 would not be an issue to her and the spiders are now gone from her conservatory (they were never in her home)! I also know that the quote was not £88 and however high it would have been she would have covered it without a problem, she would do anything to protect her kids and she was just wanting to know a bit more about the spiders and if they posed a threat![/p][/quote]It's called journalism and proves you cannot believe everything you read in the newspapers. Having worked for several national titles and a couple of local ones I can verify. Only idiots believe everything they read in newspapers and online. And I am sure the portrayal of Jade here is very different to the person you know. I've seen it time and time again. However, unfortunately there are a few on this website who would believe the moon was made of cheese if it made front page news on 1st April. And if it turned up on Google, you could convince them the Queen was actually someone called Doris who was born in Plaistow.[/p][/quote]True. But in your case you actually posted your FILTH on your FaceBook and you STILL come back here masquerading as a human being... I don't think anyone on here that has Googled you thinks of you any more than the offending arachnids.. in fact.. I would rather be infested by False Widows than a 'Kim Gandy' What irony that you have THAT surname... TheaWells
  • Score: 0

5:52am Tue 24 Jun 14

sesibollox says...

TheaWells wrote:
Kim Gandy wrote:
Southend78 wrote:
So maybe consider that this as most stories is not telling the complete truth.. papers play to get stories that people will read! I know Jade and £88 would not be an issue to her and the spiders are now gone from her conservatory (they were never in her home)! I also know that the quote was not £88 and however high it would have been she would have covered it without a problem, she would do anything to protect her kids and she was just wanting to know a bit more about the spiders and if they posed a threat!
It's called journalism and proves you cannot believe everything you read in the newspapers.

Having worked for several national titles and a couple of local ones I can verify.

Only idiots believe everything they read in newspapers and online. And I am sure the portrayal of Jade here is very different to the person you know. I've seen it time and time again.

However, unfortunately there are a few on this website who would believe the moon was made of cheese if it made front page news on 1st April.

And if it turned up on Google, you could convince them the Queen was actually someone called Doris who was born in Plaistow.
True. But in your case you actually posted your FILTH on your FaceBook and you STILL come back here masquerading as a human being...

I don't think anyone on here that has Googled you thinks of you any more than the offending arachnids.. in fact.. I would rather be infested by False Widows than a 'Kim Gandy'

What irony that you have THAT surname...
A truly infamous past, which will follow her around, like a Black Widow...
[quote][p][bold]TheaWells[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Southend78[/bold] wrote: So maybe consider that this as most stories is not telling the complete truth.. papers play to get stories that people will read! I know Jade and £88 would not be an issue to her and the spiders are now gone from her conservatory (they were never in her home)! I also know that the quote was not £88 and however high it would have been she would have covered it without a problem, she would do anything to protect her kids and she was just wanting to know a bit more about the spiders and if they posed a threat![/p][/quote]It's called journalism and proves you cannot believe everything you read in the newspapers. Having worked for several national titles and a couple of local ones I can verify. Only idiots believe everything they read in newspapers and online. And I am sure the portrayal of Jade here is very different to the person you know. I've seen it time and time again. However, unfortunately there are a few on this website who would believe the moon was made of cheese if it made front page news on 1st April. And if it turned up on Google, you could convince them the Queen was actually someone called Doris who was born in Plaistow.[/p][/quote]True. But in your case you actually posted your FILTH on your FaceBook and you STILL come back here masquerading as a human being... I don't think anyone on here that has Googled you thinks of you any more than the offending arachnids.. in fact.. I would rather be infested by False Widows than a 'Kim Gandy' What irony that you have THAT surname...[/p][/quote]A truly infamous past, which will follow her around, like a Black Widow... sesibollox
  • Score: 3

8:26am Tue 24 Jun 14

bazza 1 says...

If the lady is really worried about these spiders, suck them up your hoover. If it is one of those bagless ones, it will generally do the job of killing the spider due to the speed of the air in the container. If she doesn't like that, you can get proprietary insect sprays from most supermarkets.
If the lady is really worried about these spiders, suck them up your hoover. If it is one of those bagless ones, it will generally do the job of killing the spider due to the speed of the air in the container. If she doesn't like that, you can get proprietary insect sprays from most supermarkets. bazza 1
  • Score: 6

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