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What does a false widow look like?

False widows (Steatoda sp.) are sometimes confused for black widow spiders (Latrodectus sp.) and are mistakenly thought to be as dangerous. Both have a similar dark-coloured, globular body.

The name false widow is given to species in the genus Steatoda. Six of these species live permanently in the UK.

The three most common false widows are:

the rabbit hutch spider (Steatoda bipunctata)

the cupboard spider (Steatoda grossa)

the noble false widow (Steatoda nobilis)

Each species is fairly distinct in colour and size.

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Noble false widows

The noble false widow is most commonly reported and it is the largest of the three most common species. It reaches a body length of between 8.5 and 11 millimetres.

The noble false widow was first recorded in the UK in the 1870s - likely a stowaway on cargo ships from its native Madeira and Canary Islands.

But it is only since the 1980s that the species has gained a strong foothold, forming established populations in the majority of the southern counties - although it has now spread northwards.

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A Spider treatment takes around 20-30 mins  & lasts up to 3 months. Its a chemical called Ficam W & is a wetable powder mixed with water. Its residual which means Spiders have to come into contact with the chemical. It takes around 3 hours to dry at which point it is harmless to Humans & animals.


This treatment is a very popular treatment as many people have Spider phobias. Its used as an all round Spider Treatment for internal use.

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