BERMUDA FOOD SCARE: Black widow spider discovered in grape shipment
Does Barbados get grapes from California? Perhaps we need to be more careful, if so? In a Hamilton grocery, an unsuspecting customer got more than they purchased when they went home to eat the fruit – a Latrodectus Theridiidae, which everyone knows better as a Black Widow spider! When they bite you, and many are cases where humans have been affected to the point of amputation, the venom if left untreated can destroy living tissue, ugh!
Environmental watchdogs said they ‘intercepted’ the spider after being alerted by a member of the public.
It is believed to be the only black widow to have arrived in the shipment. The grocery store, which has not been named, is no longer selling grapes from the same shipment.
The supplier in California has been alerted in a bid to prevent any other such spiders arriving on the island.
The black widow carries a poisonous bite, which is occasionally deadly.