About a year ago my husband got bitten in central London. He immediately knew that he had been bitten, but didn’t know what by. Within 24 hours the bite was looking very hot and quite angry and over the next couple of days it seemed to get worse, not better. After numerous trips to the doctor and various blood tests, we came to the conclusion that he had been bitten by a spider. I have since learnt that this is a very common occurrence in England these days and one of the main culprits is the False Widow Spider.

After four courses of antibiotics it still hadn’t cleared up, so I pleaded for the area to be swabbed so that we could see what we were dealing with and what it was sensitive and resilient to. The results came back to show that the venom was resilient to almost all antibiotics, and a very strong and long course of antibiotics were prescribed. I’m pleased to report that he’s now better, but the main reason for my writing this is to due to the fact that two friends of my children from different schools have been bitten by spiders in London since my husband’s bite.

My one piece of advice is to get that bite swabbed before taking a single antibiotic. Our bodies are becoming more and more resilient to these medications and with hindsight we should have swabbed my husband’s bite months before we did.

Rentokill have seen a huge influx in the past year of spider related call outs, and have comprehensive information on their website. For those who want to know, a false widow spider hangs upside down usually in dark corners. They closely resemble the scary black widow spider and in my opinion, any bites should be taken seriously.

From experience, the bites look a bit like a bee sting, but really shouldn’t be left to for nature to clear up.