Woman in hospital for six days with painful blisters after false widow spider bite; WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES. False black widow spiders have been invading homes in Waterford and across the South Kilkenny region in Ireland.
Residents have suffered serious infections after being bitten by false black widow spiders, as the creatures continue to plague southeast Ireland.
Maria Condon spent six days in hospital after she was stung by the arachnid, leaving painful blisters on her body just minutes after she was bitten.
The eight-legged creatures have been spotted in some houses in Waterford and the South Kilkenny region in southeast Ireland as temperatures continue to across the UK.
Speaking about the attack, one of the victims, Maria Condon, told WLR FM's Deise Today with Damien Tiernan: "Staff said it was the worst such bite they'd ever come across from a False Black Widow.
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"I wasn't aware at the time of how serious the infection could turn out but I ended up in hospital for six days after what seemed to be three bites in total."
The Ferrybank native spoke of how she had tried to get the spider out of her house for weeks before it ran up the inside leg of her jeans and bit her.
Meanwhile, three-year-old Sligo Melia was left with a second-degree infection after a false black widow spider bit him on the leg.
he toddler was walking along a field with his father when he was stung.
His father, Cormac Melia, said: "When we were walking he said he got stung by a nettle and he was very itchy.
"The next morning it was much worse.
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"It started with a small blister and that burst, so we thought it would heal but it spread bigger and bigger and had a massive blister on it."
Doctors believe he suffered a spider bite and he was prescribed strong antibiotics and a steroid cream.
False Widow spiders live close to buildings and houses inhabited by people, they generally live in cities.
False black widow spiders are less harmful to humans than Black Widows, however, their bite can still be extremely painful so you need to be careful.
Milder winters in Ireland, England and Wales have allowed them to thrive and survive in our climate- and it is very warm now with our unprecedented heatwave.
The eight-legged beasties are making their way into our houses and turning them into their home.
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What's worse, they are also coming into your bedroom to escape the heat outside.
They like to stay out of sight by sleeping inside a crack or hole close to its web. They are also nocturnal, so they carry out a lot of their work at night and are rarely seen during the day.
They also like dry, warm environments where they will be unlikely to be disturbed and that makes your home the perfect spot.
Spiders tend to lurk in toilets, kitchens, lofts and conservatories. They prefer warm rooms where windows are often left open and that's why they could end up in your bedroom.
The false widow is a medium sized spider with a round, brown body, cream coloured markings and reddish-orange colour legs. Females range in size from 9.5 to 14mm while males are 7 to 11mm
The only difference from the black widow spider is the colour.
Their bites is similar to a bee or wasp sting, and female bites are more severe than the males.
Maria Condon was left with painful blisters all over her body
Maria was hospitalised for six days after she was bitten
False black widow spiders have been spotted in Waterford and the South Kilkenny region
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|Date:||Jul 18, 2019|
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