Huge spiders are said to be invading UK gardens are gathering during their mating season and might even nip you if you’re not careful. House spiders, the scary-looking creepy crawlies which descend from species that originate from the Mediterranean or North Africa, enjoy living in our warm, dry homes and won’t be found on big webs tangled in your garden. Richard Jones, an entomologist and author, said that the spiders we see running across our carpets and scuttling around the house are usually house spiders. He told Radio 1 Newsbeat: “The ones you see running across the carpet in front of you freaking you out, most often it’ll be a male out on some sort of amorous pursuit.
“They’re more mobile than the other sedentary females. And that’s why we see them at this time of year.”
However, the expert said it was more unlikely for garden spiders making the same advances.
The entomologist and author added: “The garden spiders are looking very big and obvious at the moment – but they remain outdoor creatures, and they do not invade our houses,”
Mr Jones said the only time you might see one of these creepy crawlies invading your house is if your neighbour has booted it out of their own.
Be careful not to bother the spiders, as they can give you a nip if you decide to pick them up with your fingers.
The best thing to do when one is running across you is to open the palm of your hand so the creatures don’t feel threatened.
Mr Jones estimated that the average house might have somewhere between 20 to 40 spiders lurking in the shadows.
He said: “Old Victorian houses like mine – with lots of little cracks and crevices and places for things to get in – I wouldn’t be at all surprised if we’re well into four figures.”
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They eat flies, mosquitos and other annoying insects and they are food for birds, hedgehogs, lizards and other important animals. A house with spiders is a healthy house.”
The spider season usually starts at the start of September and goes until mid-October, where the male spiders search for a female partner.
Some house spiders can grow to up to 10cm long, around the size of a human hand.