FALSE widow spiders, the most venomous spiders in Britain, have been spotted in Stratford-upon-Avon and Shipston-on-Stour, it is believed.
In the past week residents in both towns have sent photos of the spiders - found in kitchens, garages, and gardens - in to the Herald.
Now spreading across the country, this week the spiders closed a school in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire.
On Sunday Rob O’Malley found what he believed was a false widow in his kitchen in Shipston.
“That’s actually the second one we’ve seen,” he said. “We found one in the garage before that. On Sunday night we saw that one in our kitchen on the wall and we searched on Google and I’m pretty sure it is one.”
Two other people in Shipston have spotted false widows, including one girl who saw several crawling along outside her window.
In Stratford, a resident in Shakespeare Street found this spider in his kitchen.
Experts say sightings of the spiders – which have shiny black backs and distinctive cream markings - are on the increase because of a change in the climate.
Although they are the most venomous of the 12 known species of biting spider in Britain, experts say they are unlikely to bite unless aggravated.
Rob said: “We put it under a cup, it wasn’t really moving, and it wasn’t doing much.”
He made sure he killed it though, better to be safe than sorry.
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