White tail spiders come out in search of food during warm summer weather, and their numbers are up, according to some pest controllers.

As soon as the temperature topped 25C, the phone started ringing, said Gisborne's Stomp'em Out Pest Control owner James Guyton.

The amount of white tails had been worse this summer and there were a lot of children being bitten, he Guyton.

According to the Ministry of Health, most white tail spider bites are harmless but occasionally a severe reaction may result in a deep ulcer.

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