Each year, as the weather begins to cool and get wetter, UK residents may experience an increase in the number of domestic spiders entering their homes. For those with arachnophobia or simply disliking eight-legged insects, it can be difficult to endure this time of year. However, despite the fear associated with giant spiders, the scary trails are good for the environment.
The giant domestic spiders, or Eratigena atrica, are one of the largest spiders in central and northern Europe.
These spiders have a dark brown appearance, usually with a lighter sternum marking.
They can grow up to 12 cm in length and, as the weather cools, will become increasingly visible in UK homes.
The reason for this is that this time of year the spiders are looking for mates.
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Drusillas Park spider expert Angela Hale said: “As we approach the fall season, adult spiders begin to move and look for mates, so it seems that there are suddenly many more spiders out there.
“Many spiders will also be pregnant this time of year, so they look bigger and a little clumsier because their bodies are swollen with eggs.
“Due to the temperate conditions, many people are working in the gardens and spending time outdoors.
"They are more aware of the spiders because they are bigger and therefore more visible at the moment."
There is also plenty of food for the spiders now, as Hale explained: “The milder weather means there are a lot of insects right now, providing plenty of food for the spiders to delight in.
"This allowed spider populations to rise."
Although many fear the eight-legged creatures, Hale emphasized: “Our native spiders pose no threat to us.
“They are essential to our ecosystem; They are our friends, not our enemies, so we need to find a way to learn to live by their side.
"They really are more afraid of you than you and prefer to run away."
If you find a spider in your house and prefer it not to be there, here is a safe way to remove it without hurting it.
You will need a glass or plastic cup and some paper or hardboard.
Place the glass over the spider and slowly insert the card under the glass, being careful not to pinch any of the spider's legs.
Take it out holding the cup and card together and release it when you find a suitable space.
Whether you would like to counter your fear of creepy eight-legged crawling or learn more about spiders, East Sussex's Drusilla Park will host Spider on October 12th.