FALSE widow spiders have been sighted by Herald Express readers around Torbay.
Their reports and pictures come as dozens of sightings of the venomous spiders are being logged right across the south of England.
Experts say the spiders are on the increase as the climate warms up.
A Dawlish footballer needed emergency surgery after suffering a false widow bite, but the experts say there is no cause for undue alarm.
Reader Hayley Southern of Paignton was one of those to send in a picture.
She wrote: "I have enclosed a pic of a spider we found in my son's room today.
"I'm just glad my youngest son wasn't here as he loves picking up spiders.
"It's quite frightening to find this in my house and what could happen if bitten."
Ros Thompson, also from Paignton, sent the second picture.
She wrote: "There seems to be a lot of talk about the false widow spider at the moment.
"This is a photo my husband took of one in our garden at the weekend in Paignton.
"It was very pretty with a silver house on its back. We didn't know what it was so we let it run alive!!!"
Exotic pet expert Jason Edworthy said people should not be unduly alarmed about increased sightings of false black widow spiders.
And that’s despite Mr Edworthy still bearing the scar of a false black widow bite inflicted three years ago.
Mr Edworthy, who sells exotic spiders along with snakes and other reptiles at his Tiny Boas shop in East Wonford Hill, Heavitree, said Steatoda grossa had been out and about for decades.
He said: “I am not exactly sure how long they have been in Britain but it is quite a long time, maybe 100 years or more, and they are not particularly unusual.
“In fact I was at a show not so long ago where you could buy them
“There has been a lot of fuss and there do seem to be more of them about just now but they are not overly aggressive.
“You can find them in sheds and similar places. Of course the thing is when spiders give birth its not just one or two but hundreds
“If you can it is best to leave them alone. They can bite and I still have the scar on my leg from where one bit me three years ago.”