Deadly Spiders Hatch Out of Grocery-Store Bananas
Supermarket has to pay $4.5K for fumigation, hotel costs
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 4, 2013 7:40 PM CST
The deadly wandering spider.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Yes, we have no bananas today ... because they're full of deadly South American spiders. A family in London was forced to flee its home after spiders began to hatch out of the Colombian fair-trade bananas it had bought from a supermarket chain. Consi Taylor had already eaten half the bananas when she noticed the spider nest at the bottom of the fruit, the Daily Mail reports. She vacuumed up all the spiders, but when Taylor sent photos of the pests to a pest control service, it warned her they were likely deadly Brazilian wandering spiders, and could still be lurking in her home.

The Sainsbury's supermarket originally gave the family a voucher for about $15 when they returned the fruit, but has now paid about $4,500 so they could have the house fumigated and stay in a hotel. "I hope I didn’t eat one but I can’t be sure," Taylor tells Metro News. "I now have a phobia of buying bananas. We don’t know whether they’ve all gone."

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Nov 5, 2013 3:49 PM CST
I'm skeptical. The video on HuffPost showed at least THREE different types of spider, perhaps none of which was the Brazilian wandering spider. One was a golden orb weaver, for example. I think this silly woman just freaked out because it was - EEK! - spiders and everybody got all hysterical. Since the babies were completely tiny, why not just skoosh them, toss the bananas out, and keep the house clean? It takes a LARGE spider to be able to bite a human, because we have such tough skin - only large chelicerae (fangs) can pierce it. And trust me - she'd see them long before they got that big. If they can live in your house, it means you've got a lot of bugs already - food for thought?
Nov 5, 2013 1:21 PM CST
Fear of bananas = "bananaphobia". Ok, sure. But, fear of BUYING bananas? Now that's just crazy talk.
Nov 5, 2013 8:39 AM CST