Spider bite hospitalises woman for the second time after invasion of creepy-crawlies attack her home
A woman has been hospitalised for six days after being bitten by a MONSTER SPIDER.
Julie Roberts, 42, was left unable to walk and needed antibiotics through a drip after the eight-legged beast munched on her leg at a friend’s barbeque.
It’s the second time the mum-of-four has be laid up due to a spider bite after she spent two days in hospital last September.
Julie said: “At the moment I feel like a nervous wreck.
“I have been having panic attacks and freaking out – I was never like this before.”
Julie believes the most recent attack was while she was enjoying a barbeque on Saturday, August 30.
She woke up the next morning with a mark on her leg but things quickly took a turn for the worse.
With an inflamed leg and a giant blister forming Julie rushed to a walk-in centre for treatment who gave her antibiotics and sent her home.
But within 24 hours her condition had worsened and headed to Hull Royal Infirmary where she spent three days recovering with antibiotics through a drip.
Despite leaving on Wednesday and returning to her job as a plumbing firm’s secretary on the following Friday, the bite plagued her until, a whole week after the spider had attacked her leg, she was back in hospital for another three days.
The nightmarish injury follows her ordeal last year where a giant blister caused by a bite from another spider’s jaws forced her to spend two days in hospital.
Terrified Julie is now desperately trying to rid her home of the eight-legged creepy crawlies.
She said: “I’ve become really paranoid. I always shake my clothes before I put them on to check there are no spiders hiding.
“My eldest daughter has cut all the garden down at the back of the house and I have vacuumed the house from top to bottom.
“We have also got some conkers to put in the house as I have heard that they stop them getting into homes.
“My friend’s husband got bitten by a spider and had a bad reaction but there is a shop nearby that sells items to stop spiders coming into your home, so I will be making a trip there when I feel up to it.”
“When I woke up on the Sunday morning after I was bitten I noticed there was quite a big mark on my leg.
“I started to feel really poorly and was worried I was going to go into shock.
“The doctors said that because the bite had blistered, they knew it was caused by a spider.
“I have been bitten by mosquitos before and never had a reaction like this, so it is obviously something in the spider’s bite.”
“I came out of hospital on the Wednesday and went back to work on the Friday, but by the Sunday I felt worse than ever,” she said.
“I was absolutely gutted because I missed my youngest child’s first day at school,” she said.
Entomologist Barry Warrington said: “I have definitely seen a difference this year.
“The spiders are much larger and part of the reason for that is because of the good weather we have been having lately.
“Now, as the nights are drawing in, people will start to notice more spiders in their homes.
“The males, which are larger, will roam about looking for a female and this is when they are often encountered indoors, as well as looking for warmer places to hide.”