A school in Northampton has been evacuated after a false widow spider was sighted.
About 1,300 students were sent home after a horrifying crawl from Malcolm Arnold Academy around 11 a.m. this morning.
The school reassured parents that they were “just acting with caution” and said they called in pest control to clean up classrooms.
But this isn’t the first time there’s been a spider scare at school – as a large false widow infestation was detected at the Department of Technology Center in October 2018.
False widow spiders are often confused with the more dangerous black widow species.
Although they bite, false widows rarely attack humans.
According to the Wildlife Trust, it manages pain similar to a wasp sting.
Eight-legged guests are also often seen in homes at this time of year.
The Malcolm Arnold Academy sent a message to parents detailing the insect incident.
“We have found a false widow spider at school today,” the message read. “Some of you will remember that this happened in the past.
“Pest control is on its way and the area is isolated, but to be on the lookout we would recommend that your baby is collected as soon as you are 8, 9 and 10 years old.
“Years 12 and 13 will be rejected by consent.
“We’ll spend our seventh year at school in a separate building away from spider sightings.
“Please rest assured there is no cause for concern, we are simply acting with caution to ensure that pest control eliminates the risk, ready for a full return on Monday.”
The staff were “very efficient and organized” during the evacuation, Northants Live Reported, and Year 7 students were also sent home later.
What is a false widow spider and how dangerous are they?
False widow spiders are often confused for black widows, which means they are often mistakenly considered dangerous.
The species can grow up to 11 millimeters in length and is commonly seen roaming around kitchens and conservatories in the UK.
They are considered one of the most common species of spiders in the UK and parts of Ireland.
They spin strategically entangled webs that they usually suspend at least 1.5 meters above the ground to capture and hold flying insects.
Their front body and legs are dark brown in color while their belly presents a variety of patterns.
The intricate cream-and-brown design often resembles skulls – which somewhat heightened their fear.
But false widows are relatively harmless to humans and rarely attack.
Although they are considered a venomous bite, it is not particularly potent.
According to the Wildlife Trust, their bite feels like a wasp sting.