More Black Widow spiders in Norfolk

14 Dec

Just one month after a female Black Widow spider and hundreds of spiderlings were found near Great Yarmouth, another infestation of this highly venomous creature has been discovered at Fendercare Marine, the world’s pre-eminent supplier of marine equipment and services based in Seething, Norfolk.

Abate Pest Management were called back into action after Fendercare Marine searched on Google for spiders and spotted the previous Norfolk incident.

 

The male and female spiders were found in shipping containers that arrived from Arizona, which is in the south western region of the United States and about 900 miles away from Texas, where the last infestation originated from.
The highly venomous Black Widow spider has an unmistakable appearance. About the size of a finger-nail, the female is satin-black and usually has a bright red ‘hour-glass’ marking on the underside. The pale-coloured male is much smaller and does not bite.

 

The Abate Pest Management team, from Morley St Botolph near Wymondham, treated the containers with an insect fogging technique which has made the area safe.

 

It is amazing that such a rare spider has again found its way into our country in such a short period of time. Last month the story of the Black Widow that was in Norfolk made national news and was even covered in the United States. This spider’s bite is much feared because its venom is reported to be 15 times stronger than a rattlesnake’s. It’s nice to be recognised as being an expert in this unusual field!FendercareBlack Widow Spider pic 1

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