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Swarm of deadly spiders crawl from banana, forcing mother & baby from home

A mother was forced to evacuate her house with her seven-month-old baby after hundreds of highly-venomous spiders crawled out of a banana she bought from supermarket giant Asda.

Gemma Price was forced to quit her home in Stanley, County Durham, while exterminators battled to deal with the creatures, some of which had crawled into her baby’s crib.

Price, 30, said she had not noticed the spider egg sac on one of the Costa Rican bananas she had bought from the supermarket.

“Next day I came home from the gym and picked one off from the bunch and went upstairs,” Price said.

“As I peeled the banana a white egg sac, which I hadn’t noticed before, broke and hundreds of little spiders were crawling on my hands and arms and down my pajamas,” Price told the Northern Echo.

Price described being covered by the creatures.

“I was freaking out and screaming and trying to kill as many as I could. Some got into my baby Leo’s cot. I quickly picked him up and called 999 [UK emergency number].

“The operator asked if we had been bitten and when I said no, I was told to evacuate the property with my baby immediately and not to go back.

“My mother lived just across the road, so luckily I had somewhere to go that time of night.”

She claimed pest control experts told her the insects were Brazilian wandering spiders with the potential to kill someone within two hours. They’re thought to be one of the most poisonous arachnids on the planet.

In a less-than-helpful response, the ASDA store manager told price to return to the shop with the spiders and the bananas.

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