A mum was forced to flee her home in terror when hundreds of the world’s most venomous spiders burst from a bunch of bananas. Gemma Price, 30, found the creatures suddenly crawling across her hands, arms and down her pyjamas while peeling one of the fruits.
The critters – later identified as Brazilian wandering spiders which can kill an adult in two hours – also swarmed over her bedclothes and into her son’s cot. She called 999 and was told to get out of the property as quickly as possible.
Pest control experts were called in and sprayed the property but it was three days before Gemma was allowed back. She said: “I bought some loose bananas from Asda … as I peeled the banana a white egg sac broke and hundreds of little spiders were crawling on my hands and arms and down my pyjamas. I was freaking out and screaming and trying to kill as many as I could. I didn’t know at the time how dangerous they were.”