|arya||Date: Tuesday, 15-November-2011, 6:06 PM | Message # 1|
|A deadly spider, an ant which feeds on open wounds and another which causes a stench like rotten coconuts are among the destructive tropical pests invading British homes. |
With eight legs, lightning speed and a deadly bite, the only reassuring thing about the redback spider is that it lives 9,000 miles away in Australia. But not any more. Redbacks have been discovered in homes across Britain, the most dangerous in a wave of foreign creepy-crawlies which are finding their way to this country. Arriving in imported goods or the luggage of returning travellers, the invading species are able to survive in warm British houses even if they cannot cope with the climate outdoors. Redbacks have been discovered in homes as far apart as Aberdeen, Swansea and Coventry, while in one incident a dozen of the creatures emerged from a crate at a factory in Preston. The spiders, in the same family as the black widow, are named for the distinctive red stripe along the back of the female.
Full article/source - http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth....in.html