Do you know your house spiders?

Do you know your house spiders?
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It's that time of year when eight-legged creatures seem to take over the garden and - all too often - the house!

While arachnophobes hate September/October for this very reason, it can sometimes help to know a little more about these uninvited guests.

The Royal Society of Biology is giving the public the opportunity to learn more about the spiders that will be in their homes in the coming months. Their free app ‘Spider in da House’ is available now in the Android and Apple app stores. Using photos, identification tools, and further facts, the free app allows people to identify and learn more about 12 of the most common spiders found inside homes.

Professor Adam Hart FRSB, Professor of Science Communication at the University of Gloucestershire said: “We’ve been running a survey of house spiders for a couple of years and mid-September through to mid-October is the height of ‘spider season’. We’ve had another good summer which means we might be in for another good year for large spiders (or a bad year if you aren’t a fan!)”.

There are approximately 660 species of spider in the UK, and according to the preliminary results of the Royal Society of Biology’s recent House Spider Survey, the public struggle to differentiate between spider species and sexes.

Users might be lucky enough to spot the giant house spider Tegenaria gigantea. One of largest species of spiders in the UK, people used to eat them (and other house spiders) to combat fever.

If giant spiders aren’t your cup of tea then how about jumping spiders? In the UK jumping spiders are often found on the walls of houses. A very common type is the zebra jumping spider (Salticus senicus); easily recognised by the distinctive black and white stripes on its abdomen. Despite their frightening name, they are small, rather beautiful and like most spiders, completely harmless.

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