Daily Telegraph 28th July 1999
A WOMAN described yesterday how she thought she was in a horror film
when her husband discovered more than 100 poisonous spiders in their
garden. Tina East, 23, of Gosport, Hants, said that she feared for the
safety of her 18-month-old twin daughters Sophie and Jessica despite
assurances from experts that the spiders, although distant relatives
of the Black Widow, were not deadly.
She said: "They're very creepy. They're not lethal but they
can give you a nasty bite. I'm worried about my daughters. If they
were bitten by just one they would be all right but who knows what
could happen if they were bitten by lots of them?" The spiders (Steatoda
Nobilis) are thought to have come from the Canary Islands but it is
not known how they got into the Easts' garden.