07:57AM, Thursday 31 October 2013
A shocked housewife may have made the first sighting of a false widow spider in Maidenhead following an unpleasant discovery on Monday.
Toni Barker, of Evenlode, came face-to-face with an arachnid of a similar size and bearing the distinctive markings of the notorious spider, which has made national headlines in recent weeks with its nasty bite.
The 47-year-old found it on her bedroom curtains and had to call her husband, Neil, in for assistance.
She said: "As he went to take it I said I wonder if it's a false widow and he jumped back.
"I just don't like anything in my bedroom. If it moves I get it out, even if it's a daddy longlegs."
The couple were able to capture the spider in a pot, and later released it back into the wild.
The Advertiser sent a photo of the creature to pest controllers PESTUK, but the company said it cannot be sure it is a false widow as the abdomen is normally larger.
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