Insect Bites and Stings
Within the UK insect bites and stings are fairly commonplace, especially during the summer months. Insect bites and stings can be caused by mosquitoes, wasps, bees, fleas, midges, ticks and bedbugs. For both infants and children these can be painful, irritating and alarming. In the majority of cases they are not dangerous and dont cause lasting problems. However, in some instances bites and stings may require treatment due to infection and may even trigger an allergic reaction that can be serious or even fatal.
Animal bites are mainly caused from domesticated pets such as cats, dogs, hamsters and guinea pigs for example. These will be painful and again alarming for the infant or child, it is important that the wound is dealt with immediately to reduce the risk of infection as animal’s mouth and saliva often carry bacteria.
Sightings of Steatoda nobilis, the false widow spider, are on the rise. It is being cited as Britain’s most venomous spider, and it is spreading. But experts say the species is not usually aggressive towards humans and that being bitten is rare.
What are they?
The false widow spiders (Steatoda) form a group of species that, because of their general resemblance to the much more notorious black widow spiders (Latrodectus), can cause concern when found in Britain.
In fact, these false widow spiders and the true black widow spiders belong to the same family, the Theridiidae.
All are black or brown, rotund species up to about the size of a small finger-nail (maximum body length of adult female 15 mm).
These spiders are not usually aggressive and only tend to bite if they are accidently stepped on feel threatened or become trapped in clothing for example. The false widow spider can be recognised by the distinctive cream markings on its bulbous brown body. It also has reddis-orange legs and has a preference for dark warm places.
*** No one has ever died from a spider bite in the UK ***