A super-sized sex-crazed spider out “on the pull” put a young woman in hospital after sinking its fangs into her leg.
According to a bug expert based in Teesside, spider season has started early, leading to scores of sightings.
Sophie Wright, 21, from Middlesbrough, ended up in A&E when an eight-legged critter attacked, reports the Gazette.
She said: I was just sitting on a bench one night and I felt something bite my leg.
I looked down and it was a spider so I flicked it off.
However the next day she had to go to James Cook Hospital after finding worrying red swelling on her leg following the painful bite.
And she’s still in the dark about what type of spider it was, adding: I couldn’t tell you what it was but it was a nasty bite.
With the UK already in the midst of its annual spider siege, Dr Claire Rind explained why we are finding so many web-spinners in our homes.
The males are investigating to try and find a female partner, said the Newcastle University expert.
They are on the pull, and are thinking about the next generation with their minds focused on mating. Usually this happens a bit later in the year, around October time, but I’ve already seen some in my house this year.
Dr Rind believes Sophie may have been bitten by the tegenaria gigantea saeva.
While the name sounds exotic, it is simply a bigger version of the common house spider.
And while Teesside’s basking in the late summer sun, the warm weather is luring spiders indoors.
While Sophie’s ordeal was scary it was not life-threatening, yet more sinister arachnids can – and have – been found crawling around Teesside.
Previously, Redcar’s Johnny Green found a false widow, which can give a painful bite and gives victims symptoms including intense pain, fever, nausea and headaches.
And while Dr Rind believes you would be unlucky to receive a dangerous bite, people should still be careful.
Spider bites in the North-east are quite rare as there are not many spiders big enough to actually puncture the skin, he said.
You are very unlikely to be bitten but it does happen every year, and you don’t know where those fangs have been.
They are going to be eating beetles and flies, and they live in the undergrowth and some people can lose a finger if the bacteria on the spider infects them.
News Source MirrorNews