Bloke forced to sleep in tent after being bitten by hundreds of spiders

A man has been forced to sleep in a tent after his home was invaded by hundreds of spiders who bit him.

Russell Davies, 55, first noticed sores on his body within a week of moving into his flat in Southborough, Kent, in 2020, the Daily Mirror reports.

He thought the spider bites were lesions at first until he eventually found the arachnids in his home 15 months later.

He told the BBC: "I was what you would call an all-you-can-eat banquet for these spiders, while I was asleep.

"I'm in pain. It feels like when I shiver that I've got shards of glass in every part of my body where I've been bitten. I've been sleeping in a tent for roughly a week and a half."

The ordeal has left him struggling with his sleep and mental health.

He explained: "In the daytime I'm walking around looking for things. My mind is constantly on edge because I'm looking for a web, spiders. I don't want to live like this.

"This is the frightening part for me, I don't sleep very well at the moment because it's got into my mind so badly because I was bitten while I was asleep."

The 55-year-old claims that Clarion – the housing association officers – have refused to fumigate his flat or pay for more intense heat treatment.

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He did clarify that Clarion had however arranged to fumigate the hallways and landings in communal areas after he raised concerns.

A Clarion spokesperson said: "We appreciate how unpleasant and inconvenient pests can be and we are sorry to hear that Mr Davies is suffering with this at present. He has been correctly advised that under the terms of his tenancy agreement, it is his responsibility to deal with this pest infestation.

"Clarion's pest control specialists are contracted to deal with issues in communal spaces, but we asked them to review Mr Davies' situation and they have provided him with some practical advice on how he can resolve it."

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