A superweed spreading throughout the UK could be brought under control by introducing plant-eating predators from Japan, scientists believe.Oh, god. Do we never learn…?
Mind you, we might just as well wait until they are over here anyway:
Exotic species of spiders are making their homes in the UK, scientists say.I knew ‘global warming’ would be to blame! We’ll have to hope that that impending ice age kills them off…
Researchers believe arachnids arriving in imports of food and plants are now able to survive and spread thanks to the UK's increasingly mild climate.
Matt Shardlow, director of Buglife, told BBC News: "Other countries in the world take great care about what biological material they allow in, because it can contain pests that can damage our goods, our livelihoods, our health and our biodiversity.Yes, our leaders have that attitude to all immigration, not just of creepy-crawlies…
"Currently in the UK, we have a laissez-faire attitude - there is an open licence for people to bring in dangerous pests."
The tube web spider (Segestria florentina), another non-native biting spider, has also been on the move, spreading from the South Coast much further north.Gulp!
It is a large spider, measuring between 1.5cm and 2.2cm (0.6-0.9in), with green iridescence on its jaws.
Mr Hine said: "In spider terms, it has to be said that this is an aggressive spider.
"If you approach it, it raises its legs and bares its fangs.
"Most spiders will back away - this one will jump at you and bite."