Invasion of the eight-legged kind! False Widows have been urged to be on the lookout in the UK this summer.
As the temperatures increase this summer, Britons have been cautioned to be on the lookout for False Widow spiders.
The bite of indigenous arachnids can induce severe allergic reactions, which can lead to hospitalization in some circumstances, despite the fact that they are not normally harmful. The impending UK heatwave, according to a senior entomologist at Nottingham Trent University, might produce a boom in their numbers. “The warmer it gets, the more insects you tend to get, their life cycles are shorter, and they become more active,” Dr. Christopher Terrell-Nield told The Sun.
“Of course, the spiders have the same problem.
“Everything is accelerated. Because of the rising warmth, it may only take two months for the progeny to emerge from an egg sac instead of four months.”
Madeira and the Canary Islands are the origins of the noble False Widow.
It was originally documented in Britain in the 19th century, nearly 140 years ago.
The false widow has “become one of the most frequent species of spiders seen in and around urban habitats” in various parts of Britain and Ireland, according to a recent study from the National University of Ireland Galway.
The authors of the research are baffled as to why the numbers are rising so quickly.
They believe the increase is due to a genetic change that allows the species to be “better adaptive to different surroundings.”
As the population grows, so do the chances of being bitten by spiders.
According to Science Daily, symptoms of a False Widow bite include “moderate to debilitating pain and mild to intense swelling,” as well as “tremors, lowered or increased blood pressure, nausea, and restricted mobility.”
Tracey Hamilton, 50, was recently admitted to the hospital after being bitten by a False Widow twice.
She may need surgery to prevent the spider venom from spreading into her bones, according to her doctor.
“After blood was collected, they informed me a plastic surgeon would be visiting to see me – I gasped, thinking they had mixed me up with another patient,” Ms Hamilton, who is from Scotland, told the Glasgow Times.
“My legs were like jelly, and it suddenly dawned on me that this was a serious situation, and I felt helpless.
“I believed it was midge bites, but I was completely wrong.”