One mother-of-four was so horrified when she discovered what she believed to be the nest of the highly venomous Brazilian wandering spider in her bananas, that she completely destroyed them.
Laura Horsfield said she discovered a ‘white pouch’ that looked like the nest of the world’s deadliest spider when she was cutting up the bananas for her children and took no chances.
She then poured a boiling kettle of water over the fruit, stomped all over them, then put the remains in an airtight bag to ensure anything living inside suffocated.
Mrs Horsfield said:
When I realised it looked like they were such deadly spiders I freaked out, I couldn’t believe it. The moment I saw it, I thought it looked like a nest as there were dark shapes inside it – I didn’t know what they were and wasn’t about to start poking it to find out.
It was the same as the ones I’d seen on the internet but I thought I must be being silly. But then I posted it on Facebook and before I knew it, my friends were sharing other pictures of Brazilian wandering spider nests and it looked exactly the same.
I just panicked. Once I realised what it could be and the children were screaming, I didn’t know what to do so I did whatever I thought I could do to ensure it didn’t hatch.
The bananas had already been in the house for 24 hours without the nest being spotted, and three of them had already been eaten.
According to Mrs Horsfield, she had to calm her children down once they had spotted the nest, as it was her kids that had eaten them.
The Brazilian wandering spiders appear in Guinness World Records from 2010 as the world’s most venomous spider – its bite can kill a human within minutes.