Have you spotted a False Widow spider?
ARACHNOPHOBIA and Eight Legged Freaks might not just be something to watch on the silver screen as people are being warned to be on the look out for killer creepy crawlies.
People in Carmarthenshire and across Wales are being told to be on their guard as a deadly spider, known as the false widow, is on the march in the country 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.
A bite from a false widow can cause a fatal allergic reaction, although most people will suffer just localised swelling and pain.
It is the most dangerous of more than 600 species of spider in Britain.
Member of the Dyfed Archaeological Trust Simon Ratty said he was shocked to spot the deadly creepy crawly in Llandeilo. He said: "We found one in Llandeilo. It frightened the life out of me and was going to hit it with a shovel until my mate stopped me."
Journal reader Steven Clarey, from Parc y Delyn in Carmarthen, has also spotted a suspected False Widow in his garden.
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.