A woman from Northampton believes she may have been bitten by the UK’s most venomous spider.
Claudia Caneda, of Edghill Road, in Duston, found what she believed to be a false widow spider crawling up the wall of her bedroom last week.
Mrs Caneda managed to catch the spider in a glass, but she believes she may have been bitten by the arachnid last month.
She said: “My husband and I both thought we had been bitten by a mosquito.
“My husband said he thought something had brushed past him when he was in bed and my arm swelled up a bit like a wasp’s sting.”
Mrs Caneda said the appearance of the venomous spider was particularly worrying as her 10-week old baby sleeps in the same bedroom it was found in.
Last month, the Chronicle & Echo reported the story of Donna Bradbury, of Goldings, who found a false widow spider on her pillow.
Despite having a fear of spiders, Mrs Bradbury, aged 31, grabbed an empty bottle and scooped the spider inside it.
Dubbed the ‘British black widow’, the spider, which is about the size of a 50 pence piece, unleashes venom and can kill those who are allergic to it.
However, it will only attack if it feels under threat.
The distribution of the false widow spider is expected to increase northwards in the UK due to climate change.
The false widow spider first came to the UK more than 100 years ago in crates of fruit from the Canary Islands.