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Friday 20 September 2019

Spider feared to be deadly False Widow 'found in Irish home'

Orla Traynor found the spider at her home
Orla Traynor found the spider at her home
Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

A spider feared to be a venomous False Widow was found at a house in Co. Meath.

Orla Traynor, a mother of three, found the fearsome spider on her front door.

"I think it's a  False Widow spider. The markings are quite distinctive. It's the first one I've ever come across, hopefully the last too," Orla told

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The false widow spider
The false widow spider

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"I was a bit worried it could cause a nasty bite because it was right at my front door."

A bite from a false widow can cause infections which could lead to limbs being amputated or even prove fatal.

There has been an increase in the number of these spiders in recent years, which are the size of 20c coin  and have a severe bite.

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