An Irish father was left in shock when he discovered a poisonous false widow spider in his back garden in Dublin this week.
The concerned father told The Irish Daily Star: "I knew once I saw the spider that I needed to get rid of it from the playhouse as you certainly wouldn't want one of your kids getting bitten."
Some experts have reported an increase in the number of sightings of the poisonous pests right across the United Kingdom.
It is believed they could spread to Northern Ireland because of recent mild winters.
Pest expert Clive Boase said: “We’ve had a warm year so we could be seeing a lot more than normal.”
The false widow spider is native to the Canary Islands and Madeira.
The spider gets its name as it bears a similar resemblance to the black widow.
There have been no deaths as a result of being bitten by a false widow spider in Northern Ireland.