A family was forced to leave their home after finding very deadly Brazilian wandering spiders in a banana.
Consi Taylor had purchased a bundle of banana’s from a nearby Sainsbury’s store and upon eating it, she noticed blotches on the fruit. At first thought, she figured it was just mold, but after taking a closer look, Taylor realized the spot was actually some sort of cocoon holding dozens of spiders.
“I had a closer look and was horrified to see they were spiders. They were hatching out on the table, scurrying around on my carpet,” she told The Sun.
This banana spider is highly aggressive, highly venomous and certified as “the most toxic” by Guinness World Records. Taylor attempted to return the bananas to the Sainsbury’s supermarket where she’d bought them.
She initially was offered £10 ($16) for her trouble, but after sending a photo of the spider to a pest control specialist, Taylor, her husband Richard, and their two small children were forced to get out of the house and stay in a hotel for three days while it was being fumigated.
The family had to dry-clean all their clothes in which Sainsbury’s paid for as well as the hotel costs and pest control specialist. The store also issued an apology to her.
Consi said: “I was so scared. I hope I didn’t eat one but I can’t be sure.” She added, “I now have a phobia of buying bananas. We don’t know whether they’re all gone.”
Wikipedia reports, “Wandering spiders are so-called because they wander the jungle floor at night, rather than residing in a lair or maintaining a web. During the day they hide inside termite mounds, under fallen logs and rocks, and in banana plants (hence the “banana spider” nickname).”
These banana spiders are extremely toxic and can cause convulsions and in mammals if they bite them.
The spiders don’t usually target humans. The spider’s typical prey includes crickets, katydids, mantids, and other larger animals, including tree frogs and lizards.
The spiders, also known as Phoneutria, are indigenous to South America and parts of Central America such as Costa Rica.
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