Poisonous Spiders Attack Britain
They're not giant spiders, though, so that's some silver lining.
A Natural History Museum expert has warned that global warming is giving invasive poisonous spiders the chance to thrive in Britain.
The false widow spider, Steatoda nobilis, was first recorded in the UK in 1897, according to the museum.
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The female's bite can hospitalise an adult man. One victim reported: "Bitten on the shoulder. Initially the top of my arm ached, then felt itchy. Ten minutes later my armpit became numb. The skin was hot and sticky and looked wrinkled. The tenderness and itchiness lasted for some days (later said to be infected)."
Other effects include flu-like symptoms, stiffness, a burning sensation, and pain "more severe than a bee or wasp sting".
Until recently, the false widow's spread had been stymied by harsh weather. It was not fully established until the 1980s, but is now spreading rapidly east and north from its Dorset stronghold, and bite incidents are increasing.