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Thousands Of 'Sex-Crazed' Spiders Set To Invade UK Homes

Claire Reid


Thousands Of 'Sex-Crazed' Spiders Set To Invade UK Homes

With summer drawing to a close, it's bad news for arachnophobes - 'spider season' is set to get underway, during which you may find your home invaded by the web-spinning critters as they hunt for a mate.

The so-called 'spider season' usually kicks off in the first two weeks of September and ends in early October, according to The Sun.

And during this time you might be more likely to see our eight-legged friends dashing about the place in the hopes of finding a partner.

So, not only are they barging into our homes without permission, they're also using them for a bit of nookie - it's just rude, if you ask me.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

Speaking to BBC's Newsbeat during 'spider season' last year, entomologist and author Richard Jones said: "The ones we see scuttling around in the house - they're usually the male house spiders.

"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."

As the name suggests, the most common species you'll find in your home is the one dubbed 'house spiders' - these have descended from species that are used to warmer climates, such as you'd find in North Africa or the Mediterranean, hence they prefer being inside our cosy gaffs when the weather starts to cool.

In news that is sure to be absolutely horrifying to anyone who is scared of spiders, Richard went on to say: "I think even the cleanest, smallest house will have a good 20 to 40 spiders.

"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."

I'd be burning that house down, Rich, to be honest.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

However, the self-proclaimed 'bug man' did go on to say that almost all of the spiders you're likely to come into contact with in the UK are harmless - adding that most of them couldn't bite you even if they wanted to.

And if you're unfortunate enough to have a run in with a false widow spider, which can give you a nasty bite, Richard reckons you're still pretty safe - unless you annoy it, as they only attack if they think they're under threat.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: UK News, Animals

Claire Reid
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