VIDEO: Warning! - killer spider, the false widow, could be lurking in your garden
A KILLER spider called the false widow is on the march in Wales and could be in a garden near you soon.
It is a cousin of the deadly black widow and according to reports it has reached every part of southern Britain and is now spreading fast into Wales, the north and the midlands.
Warmer temperatures are being blamed for the spiders breeding so fast.
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A bite from a false widow can cause a fatal allergic reaction, although most people will suffer just localised swelluing and pain.
It is the most dangerous of more than 600 species of spider in Britain.
The British Arachnological Society said the false widow - Latin name Steatoda Nobilis - was now ‘extremely abundant’ in some places.
The vast majority of sightings have been in outbuildings, sheds and houses although many have also been spotted in parks and gardens.
The purple and black spiders have an abdomen the size of a 1p piece.
They eat insects, other invertebrates and even other spiders.
Female false widows lay up to 120 eggs at a time.
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