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False Widow Hysteria?

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I killed a bunch of these in a shed near the south coast of england this summer when I was over. bamboo sticks give you a nice squishy point. there were LOADS though - reminded me of the mass spider nests in Australia.

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Actually I do think it's hysteria. These things didn't arrive yesterday. Most people will find a bite hurts, but won't kill them. A bit like wasps really, and they have been here for some time. Still there is no news, or news some people would rather you didn't read, so spiders are the biggest danger in the country now?

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2471977/False-widow-spiders-force-Gloucestershire-school-close.html

Is the press trying to whip up a mass hysteria about this? A spider that's slowly expanded in numbers? There appears to be mass of these stories at the minute.

The interesting thing is the beeb seem to have people on there saying it is nothing to worry about.

There is a quandry. How can the contra-everything HPC'er oppose what both sources are saying ?

Let's wait for Russia Today for the definitive answer...

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Actually I do think it's hysteria. These things didn't arrive yesterday. Most people will find a bite hurts, but won't kill them. A bit like wasps really, and they have been here for some time. Still there is no news, or news some people would rather you didn't read, so spiders are the biggest danger in the country now?

You are more likely to die from a bee or wasp sting but that would not make for very exciting headlines

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You are more likely to die from a bee or wasp sting but that would not make for very exciting headlines

Yes but is that because bees and wasps sting more people than get spider bites or because bee and wasp stings are worse ?

Even if the bite is no worse than a bee or wasp sting, I'd prefer to avoid having the thing biting me. Knowing what it looks like and avoiding it seems a good idea to me.

Going into a hysterical panic, I agree that is a bit over the top.

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The expert on the BBC news tonight said these spiders are slow moving and not aggressive and that it would be quite hard to get bitten by one. At one stage in the interview he had one of them on his hand. So yes, a case of press hysteria.

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Yes but is that because bees and wasps sting more people than get spider bites or because bee and wasp stings are worse ?

Even if the bite is no worse than a bee or wasp sting, I'd prefer to avoid having the thing biting me. Knowing what it looks like and avoiding it seems a good idea to me.

Going into a hysterical panic, I agree that is a bit over the top.

Well you can read all about the little beggars here

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steatoda_nobilis'>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steatoda_nobilis

I live on the south coast and it has been common around here for years.

Most of symptoms arising from the claimed bites look like bog standard blood poisoning infections rather than what you would expect from the type of neurotoxins carried by this type of spider.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steatoda

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Latrodectism

If you are worried about it don't go to France or Spain because they are even more common there

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Well you can read all about the little beggars here

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steatoda_nobilis'>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steatoda_nobilis

I live on the south coast and it has been common around here for years.

Most of symptoms arising from the claimed bites look like bog standard blood poisoning infections rather than what you would expect from the type of neurotoxins carried by this type of spider.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steatoda

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Latrodectism

If you are worried about it don't go to France or Spain because they are even more common there

i also live on the South Coast.

Spotted this fella yesterday attached to my man-shed who i feared might have been one of the dreaded false widows.

turned out to be a common Garden Spider.

but (google informs me) they have been known to nip humans painfully on occasion, when severely provoked

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The expert on the BBC news tonight said these spiders are slow moving and not aggressive and that it would be quite hard to get bitten by one. At one stage in the interview he had one of them on his hand. So yes, a case of press hysteria.

Remember it IS the Daily Mail, and the spiders are "foreign". :blink:

And they are probably eating hard working British flies.

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I'm no PPE nazi. Sensible precautions for real hazards! Do you want to do lawn mowing in flip flops! No! You wear solid boots. I have all the kit from work! Hard hat, protective glasses, and more importantly a flame proof boiler suit! And yes, some boots! The bloke was a complete nob to get his toe bitten. Was he nude making the bonfire? Now that would be a good story! :blink:

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Found this in the shed on Monday..... a nice big black widow!

Where is your shed? Such things are not found in Somersetshire. :blink:

Did you get it to bite you?

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Where is your shed? Such things are not found in Somersetshire. :blink:

Did you get it to bite you?

In Arizona. No I didn't get it to bite me. I'd be in hospital!

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In Arizona. No I didn't get it to bite me. I'd be in hospital!

Now I think we might be having hysteria in Britain. Nothing here as dangerous, as in the USA, or Australia. :blink:

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