Check the plug hole and hoover underneath the settee because one of the UK’s most dangerous spiders has been spotted in Northampton.
And we’re sorry to say they bite.
Experts have warned conditions are ripe for the false widow spiders, a cousin of the deadly black widow spider, to start entering homes in the winter months for warmth.
Janeane Williams, 24, from Kingthorpe, was too petrified to go near the monster spider when she spotted it this week, but took a photo of it.
She said: ‘I’m normally okay with spiders but I don’t want to even get near this one.
‘I just saw this web on the window grow and grow for about a week. It was fine by me as spiders are good for keeping flies out the house.
‘But then I actually saw it and I’ve never seen anything like it. I’ve been waiting to catch a photo of it but it keeps hiding.’
False widows bites cannot kill a human but the venom causes painful burns and swelling, and can lead to a fever. They have a brownish-reddish bodies with white markings and females can grow up to around an inch long.
A spokesman for Northampton-based exterminators Pest Professionals said: ‘This spider is most definitely a false widow.
‘There are many types of false widow and all though they look pretty scary they do not pose much of a threat to human beings. The species is actually scared of human beings but if cornered they could bite and cause a good deal of pain.’
In April mum-of-five Gemma Hunter feared she could lose her foot after she was bitten by a false widow spider.
The attack, eight months earlier, left her with a 3cm deep hole from the spider’s fangs in her right foot, which became infected with cellulitis.
Gemma, 41, of Rossendale, Lancashire, said her children were calling her ‘zombie foot’ because of the wound and she has lost her job, was being evicted and was considering amputation to end her ordeal.
If you are bitten be alert to potential signs of infection, such as weeping blisters or painful swelling, if they continue to get worse after a few days, contact a GP.