FEARS harmless house and garden spiders are being targeted by people mistaking them for venomous False Widows have forced wildlife watchers to reassure residents in Stafford and Stone.
Staffordshire Wildlife Trust says there have been no verified sightings of the Noble False Widow spiderinthecountytodate. Andevenifanyone did find one the spider was not dangerous anyway.
The Noble spider has been in the UK for 170 years and there have been no fatalities resulting from bites. County spider recorder Craig Slawson, who is based at Staffordshire Wildlife Trust, said: “The
photos of spiders that people have been seeing either in the press or on social media are of house and garden spiders which are very common at this time of year.
“I am concerned that other spider species could be suffering because of people’s fears about false widow spiders, and would ask that they refrain fromharmingthem.Allspidersarefantastic natural pest controllers so are best left to do their job, eating flies and other insects.”
Mr Slawson said he was happy to identify any species of spider from a photograph.These can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org