A MUM who bought bananas got more than she bargained for – a bunch of tropical spider eggs, belonging to a deadly Brazilian Wandering spider.

And pest control experts had a solution to the problem – strip the house of everything they had been in contact with and burn it.

Abby Woodgate, 30, initially thought the bananas had mould on them. But when she poked it with a toothpick, a cocoon opened, revealing dozens of tropical eggs.

She immediately threw the fruit in the bin, but a few eggs dropped on her kitchen floor, which she vacuumed.

She called Tesco’s Highwoods store, which had delivered the shopping to her home off Straight Road, Colchester, and it said it would collect them.

She then received a call to say pest control experts would be round instead.



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