Spiders are 8-legged arthropods with 3-4 pairs of eyes.
There are 660 species of spider in the UK! The most common are:
Giant House Spider – up to 120mm long, these are the spiders you will often find in the bath! They build sheet-like webs.
Daddy Long Legs – aren’t strictly speaking spiders and are also know as crane flies.
Harvestmen – are also not spiders, rather Opiliones; they grow up to 45mm and have a small round body with long thin legs.
False Widow Spider – grow up to 20mm and have a distinctive dark brown abdomen with yellow stripes; although they can bite, they are not aggressive and the symptoms are not usually severe (likened to a mosquito bite).
Money Spiders – are the smallest of our spiders being only 2-5mm long. They build hammock shaped webs.
Cupboard Spiders – are often mistaken for False Widow Spiders because of their similar colouring, but grow to only 10mm in length.
Spiders often appear to come indoors during the early autumn.
Spiders in the UK very, very seldom bite humans. If they do, most people notice minimal symptoms (with incredibly rare exceptions: you have an allergy, or it becomes infected).
Although their webs can be annoying, spiders cause no damage to property. Don’t forget they are important predators of flies and other pests
What you can do
Vacuum regularly, moving furniture and lifting carpet runners, wall hangings and pictures.
Look up! Use your vacuum attachment to clean corners, skirting boards and wall/ceiling joins.
Frequently disturb the dark, quiet corners of your home.
If you have a spider problem, we will...
Speak to you to find out why spiders are troubling you and offer advice on housekeeping to limit spider activity.
In exceptional circumstances we will offer you a residual arachnicide treatment.