Pest Control News

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Is your home under siege from spiders?


The hot but wet summer has led to an invasion in some home that is unwelcome, but also for many people, simply terrifying. Spiders native to the UK are not venomous, but no less scary if you have a fear of them.

Unfortunately, the recent hot summer has meant the common house spider is now bigger than ever… and making its way up the garden path to the warm sanctuary of your home to see out the winter months.

Increasing in numbers and size

Experts are warning that after the long hot summer, matched by the mild autumnal temperatures we are all enjoying, the giant house spider is loving it too. House spiders, in spite of their name, enjoy the peace and quiet of the outdoors, especially sheds and undisturbed places in the garden.
Our homes, however, are the perfect place to mate and guess what? That mating season is now.
For anyone with a serious hatred or fear of spiders, the first few weeks of autumn must be their least favourite time of year with large house spiders making their way into homes to find their mate.
When temperatures are mild, there is more food available and thus, the spiders thrive. It is the male spider, however, that makes the first steps on the trek for love. Searching out female spiders to mate with, the male spider enters home through an open door or window. They are not, however, eating at this point, simply roaming around looking for a female mate becoming a little weaker with every step.

The bite – but it is not serious

The UK has no killer spiders but some of our native spiders so carry a venomous bite – however, before you start running for a spider-free hill, this does not mean they will attack at will. In fact, spiders here in Britain tend to be a peaceful bunch until they feel under attack which, in most cases will come from another spider or insect.
The common house spider can bite, if picked up by one of its leg etc. but rather than delivering a nasty bite that can paralyse or kill, will simply deliver a nip (which you may not feel) as a way of being released from your grip. Their ‘venom’ is too weak to cause us humans any issues.

Catching a spider

Spiders play an important role in our environment, including preying on smaller insects. Catching them indoors and relocating them to the garden is a sound ecological thing to do. Follow our 5-step plan:
      I.         Don’t panic
     II.         Place large glass over spider, taking care not to trap the legs. Use a thin piece of cardboard or something similar to trap spider in glass – release into garden
   III.         For a spider in the bath, coax it up on to a towel and then shake it off outside
   IV.         Or use a dust pan and brush and sweep it into the pan; as you walk outside tap the dustpan so that the spider doesn’t move
     V.         Coax it onto a long stick and then shake it off outside, then vacuum the old webs

Feel under siege? Why not call a pest controller?