Common false widow spider questions
Is the false widow spider common throughout Ireland?
Incredibly, it is now the most common spider found in Dublin. Ireland’s climate has proven to be especially habitable for the Noble false widow spider and experts in the field are amazed at how this spider has managed to take over so many suburban and urban habitats all throughout the country
When did the false widow spider arrive in Ireland?
Are the spiders here to stay?
How can people identify the false widow spider?
Should people be concerned about getting bitten by a false widow spider?
How do I treat a false widow spider bite?
Advice from to the National Poisons Information Centre in Beaumont:
- Gently wash the affected area with soap and water.
- Apply a cold pack to the affected skin.
- Contact the NPIC, GP or pharmacist if pain persists or swelling develops.
- Seek medical attention for bites on or around the eye.
- Seek urgent medical advice if vomiting, radiating pain and/or hot/cold flushes develop.
How can people avoid a bite?
If you identify a Noble false widow spider in your home, experts recommend that you capture it safely and release it outside of the house. If you have false widows in your home, you should have a quick look in your clothes, for example, when you are putting your clothes on in the morning and checking your bed sheets at night. Reported cases indicate that people have got bitten in their bed, during their sleep, or while putting their clothes on. So it is good practice to be extra vigilant if you’ve already had to remove a spider from your bedroom, as males have a tendency to enter your home in the Autumn looking for females, so where there is one spider there could be more. Look out for false widow webs that can be found in cracks in walls, inside drain pipes, in garden sheds and on triangular frames inside our homes. If you brush their webs away, the spiders should leave your home and build a web somewhere where it won’t be destroyed.
Where can people most commonly expect to find a False widow spider?
The spiders can be found year-round, both indoor and out. Studies have shown their prevalence in manmade steel, concrete or timber structures in urbanised areas.
Locations favored by false widows around your home include around windows and doors, in walls, down piping and gutters, drains, porches and sheds.