People are warned to be on the look-out for a “Dracula spider” as woman claims to be bitten on the forehead by one.
A retired 61-year-old woman from Bristol says she has been bitten on the forehead by a Dracula spider otherwise known as Segestria Florentine just over two weeks ago.
The lady informed the Bristol Post: “I moved into a new flat on June 21. It’s in a block of flats with seven floors, and three of those floors have nests in the external brickwork.
“I have never seen so many nests. There must have been 200.
“They leave a nasty bite. It swells, goes very red and very hard. When I was bitten years ago, the mark resembled big zits.
“It was very itchy and sore, and it went after about a week.
“I have been unfortunate because I was bitten again about two weeks ago, this time on my forehead. The red bumps went after a few days.”
The woman later added that she discovered some of the spider’s webs on her doorstep.
“I’m looking into pest control options,” she insisted.
Typically found in Mediterranean countries, the spiders are infamously known for their terrifying green fangs and cylindrical tube of cobwebs.
The spider is known to bite but its venom has no lasting effects.
However, they are often found in isolated, coastal British towns. It is thought that the eight-legged creatures hopped a ride onto a ship in the late 17th century.
Ships from this period would often have bags around the outside to minimise impact when arriving into port. It is believed that the spider hitched a ride onto one of these.
The spiders are known to usually keep to themselves and stayed tucked up warm in their webs, only announcing their presence when potential prey comes along.
If you do have the unfortunate pleasure of seeing one, you should be able to identify the species by their unusual colouring, which reflects iridescent green in sunlight.
So, to protect yourself from the “Dracula spider”, maybe get some cloves of garlic and stay out in the sun!