By Isobel Frodsham For Mailonline
Published: 09:55 BST, 2 August 2017 | Updated: 09:55 BST, 2 August 2017
Katherine Frost rang her partner Paul Fellows in a panic after finding a false widow in their home
A woman was left terrified after finding Britain's most venomous spider crawling around the floor of her home.
Katherine Frost spotted a false widow spider at her home in Smethwick, West Midlands, and immediately rang her partner Paul Fellows in a panic.
Reliving the horrifying moment, Mr Fellows, 32, said: 'Katherine was quite concerned when she called me. She wasn’t sure what kind of spider it was so she put a picture on Facebook asking someone to identify it.
'I have two young children so it was important to have it removed from the home. I used a Tupperware box to scoop it up and then released it outside, away from the home.'
Numerous sightings of false widows have been reported across the UK - and it seems the scary species’ range is spreading.
The female’s bite is more severe than the male’s and typically results in intense pain radiating from the bite, along with fever.
There have been no reported deaths in the UK from false widow spiders, but a number of people have needed hospital treatment after suffering severe reactions.
The false widow is a medium-sized spider with a round, brown body and cream coloured markings. Its legs are a reddish-orange colour. The spider’s body and legs have a glossy appearance.
Females range in size from 9.5 to 14mm, while males are seven to 11mm.
The false widow is a medium-sized