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Spiders On Bananas: Mom Finds Deadly ‘Viagra’ Arachnids On Store Fruit

The discovery of spiders on bananas is enough to scare one out of their wits. But a British mother who found a heap of Brazilian Wandering Spiders aka “Viagra” spiders on a banana bunch from a store in Bristol on Tuesday is lucky to be alive from the arachnid infestation, citing a New York Daily News report. The tiny creatures are deadly and known to give a painful four-hour erection in men.

According to the Bristol Post, Maria Layton, 43, opened a bag of bananas she purchased earlier from a Tesco supermarket in the area. That’s when she discovered the presence of what appeared to be spider web or fungus.

A closer inspection revealed a cocoon filled with eggs. After researching on the internet, Layton learned the arachnids on the bananas were the deadliest spiders in the world. At the time, she was giving one of the fruits to her 6-year-old daughter.

“My husband bought the bananas from Tesco, they had been in the house a whole day before I ripped the bag open. Siri asked for a banana. The first banana had a funny bit on it, so I got another one for her and that was when I found the massive spider cocoon.

“There was spider web on the other bananas too. I was so scared – I don’t like spiders at the best of times, but have read about Brazilian Wandering Spiders – and was very frightened about the potential threat to my family.

“The spider cocoon started to unfurl so I put it in a sealed box and put it in the freezer as I read that is supposed to kill them.”

Finding spiders on bananas was just the beginning of her nightmare. The frantic mom tried reaching out to Tesco’s customer service, but her efforts were in vain. She was only given instruction to bring the spiders and bananas back to the store for investigation.

Clearly frightened by having to handle the spiders and not knowing if others had escaped the bunch of bananas, she asked for an exterminator to investigate for an infestation. Again, she received little assistance; Layton was told there were no available companies in the area.

“Our policy is for the customer to take the product back to the store where it can be investigated. We don’t have a service whereby someone can go out to the home.”

Another incident with spiders in bananas involved another UK resident who found spiders in the fruit she purchased from a local Sainsbury’s supermarket in 2013.

“I thought it was mold, but when I had a closer look I saw some funny looking spots,” adding that the tiny spiders were “hatching out on the table, scurrying around on my carpet.”

Initially, the woman was offered a £10 voucher for her troubles. Later, when store officials discovered the spiders on her bananas were the “murderess” spider species, the offer was increased to £1,000.

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