A high-rise block of flats in Greater Manchester was fumigated after a young mum found eggs believed to be from the deadly Brazilian wandering spider in a bunch of bananas.
Kaydee Bota, 20, bought the bananas from Asda, and the following day claims to have realised that they contained clusters of little eggs, reported the Manchester Evening News (MEN).
After internet research, she came to the conclusion that the eggs belonged to the venomous Brazilian wandering spider and in a panic, threw the bananas down the bin chute at Lincoln Towers in Stockport.
When she reported this to the council, environmental health officers ordered her – and her 10-month-old twin boys – to move out of her flat while it was decontaminated, according to the MEN.
The bin chute network at the block, which contains 120 flats, was closed off for fumigation as was the second floor.
It will be another five days before Bota and her twin 10-month-old sons can return home because of the fumigation chemicals.
A Stockport council spokesperson said: “A resident said she saw what seemed to be a spider web and eggs inside some bananas.
“We sent a pest control team to treat the flat and the bin chute with an insecticide mist and advised the bin collection service not to empty the bins for a few days.”
An Asda spokesperson added: “All our bananas are washed and sprayed before they are transported to the UK and every single fruit is manually checked for quality and stowaways.
“We’d like to apologise to Mrs Bota for any upset this as caused and we’re investigating with our suppliers.”