A terrified couple from Bideford believe they have found one of the most venomous spiders in the country in their home.
Darren and Louise Pilkington were sitting on their sofa in their living room last night when a spider appeared from behind a mirror.
Taking a closer look they realised it had the markings of a false widow spider which has been making national headlines in recent weeks.
The spider then disappeared back behind the mirror and the couple have not seen it since.
Although the species has not caused any deaths its venom it has left people with series and life changing injuries.
Darren, who is a postman, said they have been left very concerned because they have an 18-month-old son who is crawling.
He added: “We are really worried we just want to catch it so it isn’t in the house. I have a day off today so I have been keeping an eye out for when it comes out but we aren’t really sure what to do.
“We have seen in the news how dangerous they are and want to get it out, we have try to get it out with the hoover but it didn’t work.”
The news follows The Dean Academy, in the Forest of Dean, being evacuated yesterday after a false widow was found in the school.
Earlier this week a grandfather from Kent revealed how he was left fighting for his life in hospital having been bitten by a false widow.
Sightings of Steatoda nobilis, the false widow spider, are on the rise in the country and it is being cited as Britain's most venomous spider, and it is spreading.
But experts say the species is not usually aggressive towards humans and that being bitten is rare.