VIDEO: Reporter meets False Black Widow Spider kept as pet in Lincolnshire
Lincolnshire Echo journalist, Alex Colman, will meet the man who has kept a False Black Widow spider as a pet, today.
Owner of a local pest control business, Trevor Brighton was called to a job and identified the insect as a False Widow, but amazingly he decided to take the spider home to keep as a pet.
Mr Brighton who runs Lincspest Ltd, says he is getting three to four calls a day from panicked residents petrified of the creepy crawlies.
He said: “We have seen it escalate this week from nothing to three or four calls a day.
“We’ve been living with them for years. Like anything, it is awareness.”
“Unless nature gets rid of them with an incredibly cold winter which kills things off, we have got to learn to live with them.”
Echo journalist, Alex Colman will be going to see the first False Black Widow spider reportedly captured in Lincolnshire, at midday today.
Echo reporter Alex Colman with the spider
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Here's the video of when Alex met Harry- the False Black Widow spider
Watch a video of the spider here