10 MILLION KILLER spiders on loose across UK
CLIMATE CHANGE has been blamed for a plague of 10 MILLION false widow spiders that are on the rampage across the UK.
The deadly cousin of the black widow has reached EVERY PART of southern Britain and the species is fast spreading north into Wales and the midlands.
Warmer temperatures mean the venomous arachnids - by far the most poisonous spider on our shores - are breeding faster than ever before.
And there has been an explosion of sightings in the last 48 HOURS as far north as Birmingham.
The spiders, which have a distinctive 'white skull' on their backs will only bite if they feel threatened.
Although most people will only suffer localised pain and swelling, the bite may trigger an extreme allergic reaction - an anaphylactic shock - in some, which could prove fatal.
The purple and black spiders have an abdomen the size of a 1p piece.
They eat insects, other invertebrates and even other spiders.
Female false widows lay up to 120 eggs at a time and experts claim their numbers in Britain have surged because of global warming.
Environmentalist Matt Shardlow, of conservation charity Buglife, said: "Climate change may have helped.
"The species would have also adapted and evolved to cope with the colder weather.”