150 million spiders set to invade UK homes this autumn

Roshina Jowaheer
Spider trapped in sink, UK
Spider trapped in sink, UK

Experts have warned that 150 million giant spiders are about to invade British homes as Spider Mating Season begins.

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There will be more of the dark orange-brown house spiders, which measure around 7.5cm, than previous years thanks to the warm summer producing more flies for them to feed on.

Simon Garrett, head of Conservation Learning at Bristol Zoological Society, told the Daily Mail: "Spiders don't specifically want to enter your home – in fact, they'd rather stay away as there's less food and it's too dry and clean. It is the need to mate that changes their behaviour.

"Some will move into a house if there is an entry point for them."

Pest controllers have recommended sealing the cracks in doors and removing plants from outside of your property.

According to Metro, experts also say peppermint oil diluted in water and sprayed on doors and windowsills works as a deterrent, along with getting a cat to chase away the spiders.

In August, David Cross, head of the technical training academy at Rentokil Pest Control, told Press Association: "Due to the poor weather conditions we had in August... the rain has tricked spiders into thinking autumn has arrived and they should be mating."

Meanwhile, Colin Campbell, an insect infestation specialist at Pest Professionals, said there are up to six species of house spiders which invade homes from September, most of which are harmless.

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