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Nov 12, 2013 1:31 PM

False Widow? I know there are so many threads...

We all know there are so many threads already on here, but I'd really like to know for myself.

 

I've already seen 2 of these in my house, and caught and released them.

 

Even if it is one, I know all of you experts say there's nothing to worry about - but how come all of the media hysteria has arisen?

 

Do I need to contact a pest control service, with a pet cat who loves to catch spiders and eat them, a hamster, as well as some children?

 

I appreciate all of your help 

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    Nov 12, 2013 2:20 PM (in response to mattrob)
    Re: False Widow? I know there are so many threads...

    This is Steatoda grossa AKA the cupboard spider & one of the false widows. I have caught a few of these in the bedroom & bathroom, I was intending to put them outside, but they all escaped in the living room whilst I was trying to take pictures of them...I had one in a jar for a little while, it didn't seem to want to leave, but then it moulted & ran away. I haven't seen any since.

     

    Steatoda nobilis is the one grabbing the headlines...these tend to be more visible (females anyway) as they hang out in webs around eye level. S grossa seems to prefer being lower down, in the dark & away from heavy footfall (children & pets). You may well be seeing males, recklessly wandering around in plain view through their desire to find a mate, before they die.

     

    "but how come all of the media hysteria has arisen?" Because they hope it sells papers.

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