Venomous spider discovered on Canvey

Echo: Tori Cass-Heales who has found deadly False Widow spiders in her home Tori Cass-Heales who has found deadly False Widow spiders in her home

THE most dangerous species of spider in the UK is weaving its web on Canvey.

Mum-of-one Tori Cass-Heales, 30, has so far found about six False Widow spiders both inside and outside her home in Third Avenue.

When she first caught site of one in her bathroom she said it stopped her in her tracks and because it was so big she decided to investigate further.

“I was a little bit shocked and concerned,” she said.

“I’m not scared of spiders or anything like that, I’m a bit of a boff and if I don’t know what something is I like to know so I got in touch with a spider identification website.”

Mrs Cass-Heales posted her discovery on social networking sites such as Facebook and said it generated “a lot of interest”, although it did worry some of her friends.

She has a two-year-old daughter and her partner also reacts badly to insect bites so she is now humanely getting rid of the spiders when she sees them as she said she cannot risk any member of her family getting hurt.

The venomous arachnid, which is a close relative of the deadly black widow spider, has the most poisonous bite of any spider in the UK.

However, it only tends to attack when it is provoked and it is the female that delivers the potentially fatal bite.

Mrs Cass-Heales added: “The lady I e-mailed said they have been here for a long time, but it’s not common knowledge so I’d like to raise about the threat they can pose.

“All this time I have taught my daughter she does not need to be scared of creepy crawlies, but you do. Things like that look like a warning, we all know bees can kill people and we know not to touch them and the same applies to these spiders.”

Steve Falk is an entomoloist at Buglife, the invetebrate conservation trust.

He said: “We’ve had a lot of enquiries about them at Buglife. They have started to colonise in the south of Britain and are spreading north.

“Most spiders in the house are not that dangerous, but if you see one and know it’s definitely a False Widow then you can just suck it up the hoover to get rid of them.

“I personally wouldn’t want them in my house, particularly if I had children.”

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8:14am Wed 28 Nov 12

EastStBoy says...

"UK's most deadly spider"

From Wikipedia:

Steatoda (False Black Widows) are significantly less harmful to humans.... bites by Steatoda species generally do not have any long-lasting effects

So I take from this that the UK's "most deadly" spider is in fact not deadly at all.

Good work, Echo. Good work.
"UK's most deadly spider" From Wikipedia: Steatoda (False Black Widows) are significantly less harmful to humans.... bites by Steatoda species generally do not have any long-lasting effects So I take from this that the UK's "most deadly" spider is in fact not deadly at all. Good work, Echo. Good work. EastStBoy

8:27am Wed 28 Nov 12

Russ13 says...

EastStBoy wrote:
"UK's most deadly spider" From Wikipedia: Steatoda (False Black Widows) are significantly less harmful to humans.... bites by Steatoda species generally do not have any long-lasting effects So I take from this that the UK's "most deadly" spider is in fact not deadly at all. Good work, Echo. Good work.
You obviously take Wikipedia as gospel......

http://www.telegraph
.co.uk/news/newstopi
cs/howaboutthat/9210
860/Woman-nearly-los
t-arm-after-black-wi
dow-spider-bite.html


This real life example would suggest that they are more poisonous than the tripe you found on Wikipedia.
[quote][p][bold]EastStBoy[/bold] wrote: "UK's most deadly spider" From Wikipedia: Steatoda (False Black Widows) are significantly less harmful to humans.... bites by Steatoda species generally do not have any long-lasting effects So I take from this that the UK's "most deadly" spider is in fact not deadly at all. Good work, Echo. Good work.[/p][/quote]You obviously take Wikipedia as gospel...... http://www.telegraph .co.uk/news/newstopi cs/howaboutthat/9210 860/Woman-nearly-los t-arm-after-black-wi dow-spider-bite.html This real life example would suggest that they are more poisonous than the tripe you found on Wikipedia. Russ13

8:34am Wed 28 Nov 12

Olivia2847 says...

Hardly the Day of the Triffids is it? Oh I forgot - it's Wednesday the Pipe and Slippers Gazette team have a team-bonding day at the Jelly Tots plays school ....
Hardly the Day of the Triffids is it? Oh I forgot - it's Wednesday the Pipe and Slippers Gazette team have a team-bonding day at the Jelly Tots plays school .... Olivia2847

9:35am Wed 28 Nov 12

mikepaterson says...

Russ13 wrote:
EastStBoy wrote:
"UK's most deadly spider" From Wikipedia: Steatoda (False Black Widows) are significantly less harmful to humans.... bites by Steatoda species generally do not have any long-lasting effects So I take from this that the UK's "most deadly" spider is in fact not deadly at all. Good work, Echo. Good work.
You obviously take Wikipedia as gospel......

http://www.telegraph

.co.uk/news/newstopi

cs/howaboutthat/9210

860/Woman-nearly-los

t-arm-after-black-wi

dow-spider-bite.html



This real life example would suggest that they are more poisonous than the tripe you found on Wikipedia.
Natural History Museum states:

Adult spiders are capable of biting humans. Spiders are not aggressive and most injuries to humans are defensive bites delivered when a spider becomes unintentionally squeezed or pinched.

Steatoda nobilis
Steatoda nobilis the false widow spider will only bite defensively when under attack.

The bite of the false widow spider can be medically significant in humans, but usually without any long-lasting effects.

Reports from those bitten describe a certain amount of pain, which often radiates along the limb or part of the body where bitten, and often a degree of swelling in the affected part. Some describe fever and a general feeling of being unwell. These symptoms may last for a couple of days but the total effect is unlikely to be more serious than that.

As for bites from other species in the genus Steatoda, it can produce a set of symptoms known as steatodism.

More serious symptoms have occasionally been reported, but are likely to be the exceptional reaction of individuals to the venom. It is always advisable to seek medical attention if symptoms persist.


So not really a massive danger to people.
[quote][p][bold]Russ13[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]EastStBoy[/bold] wrote: "UK's most deadly spider" From Wikipedia: Steatoda (False Black Widows) are significantly less harmful to humans.... bites by Steatoda species generally do not have any long-lasting effects So I take from this that the UK's "most deadly" spider is in fact not deadly at all. Good work, Echo. Good work.[/p][/quote]You obviously take Wikipedia as gospel...... http://www.telegraph .co.uk/news/newstopi cs/howaboutthat/9210 860/Woman-nearly-los t-arm-after-black-wi dow-spider-bite.html This real life example would suggest that they are more poisonous than the tripe you found on Wikipedia.[/p][/quote]Natural History Museum states: Adult spiders are capable of biting humans. Spiders are not aggressive and most injuries to humans are defensive bites delivered when a spider becomes unintentionally squeezed or pinched. Steatoda nobilis Steatoda nobilis the false widow spider will only bite defensively when under attack. The bite of the false widow spider can be medically significant in humans, but usually without any long-lasting effects. Reports from those bitten describe a certain amount of pain, which often radiates along the limb or part of the body where bitten, and often a degree of swelling in the affected part. Some describe fever and a general feeling of being unwell. These symptoms may last for a couple of days but the total effect is unlikely to be more serious than that. As for bites from other species in the genus Steatoda, it can produce a set of symptoms known as steatodism. More serious symptoms have occasionally been reported, but are likely to be the exceptional reaction of individuals to the venom. It is always advisable to seek medical attention if symptoms persist. So not really a massive danger to people. mikepaterson

10:21am Wed 28 Nov 12

Eric Whim says...

breed 'em up and train 'em to attack knife wielding hoodies then put some in every shop and post office and amusement arcade etc on the Island...
breed 'em up and train 'em to attack knife wielding hoodies then put some in every shop and post office and amusement arcade etc on the Island... Eric Whim

1:08pm Wed 28 Nov 12

ccd says...

Barely news. We get these in our house. As others have noted, they'll only bite if attacked and even then it's trivial unless you have an alergy but that would be true of anything if an individual had a bad response to it. #notnews
Barely news. We get these in our house. As others have noted, they'll only bite if attacked and even then it's trivial unless you have an alergy but that would be true of anything if an individual had a bad response to it. #notnews ccd

4:08pm Wed 28 Nov 12

r6keith says...

We have quite a few of these spiders at work , they are no threat and if you do get bitten which we have had here there were no real effects worse than a gnat bite.
We have quite a few of these spiders at work , they are no threat and if you do get bitten which we have had here there were no real effects worse than a gnat bite. r6keith

8:27pm Wed 28 Nov 12

EastStBoy says...

Russ13, you've obviously got a boner for fact integrity, I'm sorry I dont have a subscription to National Geographic to give you some solid facts.

My point was regarding the article showing "most deadly" in the title and throughout the piece. You may find it disappointing that the Echo has found this to be a little OTT and has amended the references of "deadly" to "venomous"

I will let you go back to your coin collecting and train spotting, factboy.
Russ13, you've obviously got a boner for fact integrity, I'm sorry I dont have a subscription to National Geographic to give you some solid facts. My point was regarding the article showing "most deadly" in the title and throughout the piece. You may find it disappointing that the Echo has found this to be a little OTT and has amended the references of "deadly" to "venomous" I will let you go back to your coin collecting and train spotting, factboy. EastStBoy

9:14am Thu 29 Nov 12

Mr. Pedantic says...

Russ13 wrote:
EastStBoy wrote: "UK's most deadly spider" From Wikipedia: Steatoda (False Black Widows) are significantly less harmful to humans.... bites by Steatoda species generally do not have any long-lasting effects So I take from this that the UK's "most deadly" spider is in fact not deadly at all. Good work, Echo. Good work.
You obviously take Wikipedia as gospel...... http://www.telegraph .co.uk/news/newstopi cs/howaboutthat/9210 860/Woman-nearly-los t-arm-after-black-wi dow-spider-bite.html This real life example would suggest that they are more poisonous than the tripe you found on Wikipedia.
Anyone can have a bad reaction to any kind of bite from any kind of animal. That’s just life (or death).

These, quite prolific, spiders can't be that dangerous otherwise there'd have been a lot of such news stories over many years. How many more have you seen?

I suspect Russ13 is scared of all creepy crawlies, snakes and spiders. He probably has to keep the light on at night, in case the Bogieman comes to get him too.
[quote][p][bold]Russ13[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]EastStBoy[/bold] wrote: "UK's most deadly spider" From Wikipedia: Steatoda (False Black Widows) are significantly less harmful to humans.... bites by Steatoda species generally do not have any long-lasting effects So I take from this that the UK's "most deadly" spider is in fact not deadly at all. Good work, Echo. Good work.[/p][/quote]You obviously take Wikipedia as gospel...... http://www.telegraph .co.uk/news/newstopi cs/howaboutthat/9210 860/Woman-nearly-los t-arm-after-black-wi dow-spider-bite.html This real life example would suggest that they are more poisonous than the tripe you found on Wikipedia.[/p][/quote]Anyone can have a bad reaction to any kind of bite from any kind of animal. That’s just life (or death). These, quite prolific, spiders can't be that dangerous otherwise there'd have been a lot of such news stories over many years. How many more have you seen? I suspect Russ13 is scared of all creepy crawlies, snakes and spiders. He probably has to keep the light on at night, in case the Bogieman comes to get him too. Mr. Pedantic

10:15am Thu 29 Nov 12

Warriorisme says...

Yes they are venomous, but so are the majority of other spiders in the country!
The false widow, along with other UK spiders will generally only cause a reaction if you are allergic or get an infection!
You have just as much chance of an allergic reaction to a bee.
Yes they are venomous, but so are the majority of other spiders in the country! The false widow, along with other UK spiders will generally only cause a reaction if you are allergic or get an infection! You have just as much chance of an allergic reaction to a bee. Warriorisme

10:16am Thu 29 Nov 12

Warriorisme says...

Oh and echo, spiders are not poisonous, they are venomous.
Oh and echo, spiders are not poisonous, they are venomous. Warriorisme

10:37am Thu 29 Nov 12

minesabud says...

I know two people who have been bitten by the false widow spider and I think if you ask them they would describe it slightly worse than a bee sting or a gnat bite, one if them had her leg swell to nearly double the size and the wound had to be redressed for a number of weeks, and the other was so bad the wound got bigger and bigger resulting in losing all his flesh on half of his lower leg and needing to spend time in hospital, so please don't shrug these spiders off you may be one of the unfortunate who will react in this way if bitten!! I have known them to be here for about 3 years now and think its a good idea to make people aware of them. Also this 'news' is certainly more welcome than the recent bad press Canvey has been getting.
I know two people who have been bitten by the false widow spider and I think if you ask them they would describe it slightly worse than a bee sting or a gnat bite, one if them had her leg swell to nearly double the size and the wound had to be redressed for a number of weeks, and the other was so bad the wound got bigger and bigger resulting in losing all his flesh on half of his lower leg and needing to spend time in hospital, so please don't shrug these spiders off you may be one of the unfortunate who will react in this way if bitten!! I have known them to be here for about 3 years now and think its a good idea to make people aware of them. Also this 'news' is certainly more welcome than the recent bad press Canvey has been getting. minesabud

11:20am Thu 29 Nov 12

Eric Whim says...

Warriorisme wrote:
Oh and echo, spiders are not poisonous, they are venomous.
have you ever tried eating one?

;-)
[quote][p][bold]Warriorisme[/bold] wrote: Oh and echo, spiders are not poisonous, they are venomous.[/p][/quote]have you ever tried eating one? ;-) Eric Whim

1:20pm Thu 29 Nov 12

rjsizzler says...

minesabud wrote:
I know two people who have been bitten by the false widow spider and I think if you ask them they would describe it slightly worse than a bee sting or a gnat bite, one if them had her leg swell to nearly double the size and the wound had to be redressed for a number of weeks, and the other was so bad the wound got bigger and bigger resulting in losing all his flesh on half of his lower leg and needing to spend time in hospital, so please don't shrug these spiders off you may be one of the unfortunate who will react in this way if bitten!! I have known them to be here for about 3 years now and think its a good idea to make people aware of them. Also this 'news' is certainly more welcome than the recent bad press Canvey has been getting.
That's as maybe but the article says

"...it is the female that delivers the potentially fatal bite."

Which appears to be completely wrong unless you consider other bites/stings such as those delivered by bees as 'potentially fatal' due to possible allergic reactions.
[quote][p][bold]minesabud[/bold] wrote: I know two people who have been bitten by the false widow spider and I think if you ask them they would describe it slightly worse than a bee sting or a gnat bite, one if them had her leg swell to nearly double the size and the wound had to be redressed for a number of weeks, and the other was so bad the wound got bigger and bigger resulting in losing all his flesh on half of his lower leg and needing to spend time in hospital, so please don't shrug these spiders off you may be one of the unfortunate who will react in this way if bitten!! I have known them to be here for about 3 years now and think its a good idea to make people aware of them. Also this 'news' is certainly more welcome than the recent bad press Canvey has been getting.[/p][/quote]That's as maybe but the article says "...it is the female that delivers the potentially fatal bite." Which appears to be completely wrong unless you consider other bites/stings such as those delivered by bees as 'potentially fatal' due to possible allergic reactions. rjsizzler

4:35pm Thu 29 Nov 12

bazza 1 says...

All spiders are venomous. Check out the story in last weeks Daily Mail about a woman who nearly lost a limb because of a spider bite. If they get seen in my house they go straight up the hoover. Outside the house they can do as they please, but the big one on my curtains a couple of months ago just had to go. It was nearly 5 inches across. Gave me the shivers it did.
All spiders are venomous. Check out the story in last weeks Daily Mail about a woman who nearly lost a limb because of a spider bite. If they get seen in my house they go straight up the hoover. Outside the house they can do as they please, but the big one on my curtains a couple of months ago just had to go. It was nearly 5 inches across. Gave me the shivers it did. bazza 1

10:21pm Fri 30 Nov 12

Markmyword says...

Never know, it may have bitten the 'Echo reporter" and created our local super hero "Spider man Essex style to fight crime"
Never know, it may have bitten the 'Echo reporter" and created our local super hero "Spider man Essex style to fight crime" Markmyword

12:38pm Mon 3 Dec 12

Antonius says...

Good ol' Echo

Never let the facts get in the way of a good headline
Good ol' Echo Never let the facts get in the way of a good headline Antonius

3:52pm Mon 3 Dec 12

Tone-Fu says...

Great story, Echo.

Now we'll have loads of cretins stamping on every spider they see.

As someone else ably pointed out, these little things are no more a risk to people than wasps - sure, people can have a bad reaction, but its not something that happens often.
Great story, Echo. Now we'll have loads of cretins stamping on every spider they see. As someone else ably pointed out, these little things are no more a risk to people than wasps - sure, people can have a bad reaction, but its not something that happens often. Tone-Fu

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