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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

Black Widow Spiders in Norfolk

15 Nov

Arachnophobia – No fear for Abate Pest Management!

Abate Pest Management were called into action when they received a pest control call from a company in Norfolk stating that they had a nasty looking spider on their property.

Staff managed to trap the spider in a glass tumbler until the professionals arrived and quickly identified the spider to be a female Black Widow Spider, considered the most venomous spider in North America.

A plan was implemented that included tracking down where antivenom is located in the UK, which turned out to be just two hospitals.  The local James Paget hospital was notified and medical advice was given should anyone receive a bite.

Ian Parkinson Service Manager at Abate Pest Control, had to face his spider fears and transfer the Black Widow from the glass to a sealed insect jar. In addition a small cocoon was removed from the premises and within 48 hours has produced approximately 100 spiderlings.

Lots of Black Widow Spiders

Abate used specialist insect fogging to make sure that any other spiders at the location would be eradicated. It was believed that the spider hitched a ride on a container from Texas.

Jon Blake Director of Abate Pest Management commented, “It was down to the fast reaction of the company who called us to deal with the problem that brought this issue safely under control. Black Widows are very notorious spiders identified by the coloured, hourglass-shaped mark on their abdomens. This spider’s bite is much feared because its venom is reported to be 15 times stronger than a rattlesnake’s. In humans bites produce muscle aches, nausea, and a paralysis of the diaphragm that can make breathing difficult; however, contrary to popular belief, most people who are bitten suffer no serious damage. We have been called out for snakes, scorpions and spiders before but never in the past 24 years for one of these deadly creatures.”

The Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge is currently looking to help rehome the Black Widow spiders.

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Jon Blake and Ian Parkinson with the Black Widow Spider