Love them or hate them, at this time of the year you can expect an influx of spiders in your home and garden. In Autumn, there’s a distinct increase in house spiders as the males are out looking for a mate.
This year, you can expect even more spiders than usual as the warm summer has provided the ideal conditions for them to thrive, particularly the larger ones. The warm summer combined with the mid September to October ‘spider season’ means there’s really no getting away from these 8 legged lurkers.
There’s even an app on the market you can use to find out what spider you have in your house. It’s called ‘Spider in da House‘.
There are a massive 660 different species of spider in the UK, here are 10 you will find in your garden and home this Autumn looking for warmth:
Zebra Jumping Spider
The zebra jumping spider is small and tends to be around 8mm maximum. You can easily identify this spider as it has black and white markings and can commonly be seen moving in jarring movements and of course, jumping.
You will commonly find these spiders outside on patios and walls. They will enter the house via windows and doors. They are capable of biting, but aren’t generally considered a threat and are likely to run away from you.
Giant House Spider
The giant house spider can grow to be up to 12cm wide, and with the recent warm conditions it’s likely they are going to be particularly big this year. You will usually find them in your garden, particularly under plant pots and in sheds. They tend to be beige, brown or dark orange and can bite, but aren’t generally considered a threat.
The cupboard spider is dark in colour and tends to be black, brown or sometimes dark purple. It can grow up to 10mm and you are likely to find them indoors in cupboards and in your garden in garages and sheds. They can bite but aren’t considered aggressive and the bites they give are minor.
Daddy Long Legs Spider
Don’t mistake these for the dancing, winged creatures by the same name. Daddy long legs spiders tend to look a bit like dandelion clocks, or small round balls with trademark long legs. They vary massively in size but will be no bigger than 45mm.
You can find them in a wide variety of environments including forests and caves, but you are most likely to interact with them if you are sat on the grass, camping or anywhere near long grasses. They are meant to be the most venomous house spider, but there hasn’t been one single recorded case of a daddy long legs spider biting a person and causing any real damage.
Lace Web Spider
Lace web spiders grow up to 12mm and are extremely common in the UK. These are the spiders you will usually see creating beautiful webs across your fences and outdoor walls. They are brown and have yellow markings and do bite. The bites are meant to be quite painful but the pain and irritation wears off after around 12 hours.
Tube Web Spiders
Tube web spiders can grow up to 23mm and have an unusual appearance, with six eyes and a green jaw and a shiny black colouring. They live under garden debris, in cracks in the walls and in trees. They do bite and the bite can be very painful, with the pain lasting for hours.
These are the smallest species of UK spider and you won’t find any bigger than around 5mm. They are usually black or grey and some have interesting markings. You’re likely to find them on low growing plants, or in piles of garden debris. Money spiders are completely harmless, in fact they are actually rumoured to be a sign of good luck. If you have a money spider on you, it is thought to be a sign you are due a bit of monetary luck.
Missing Sector Orb
Missing sector orbs grow up to 7mm and tend to have a grey body with brown markings. They are most commonly found on windowsills and don’t bite.
False Widow Spider
The false widow spider grows up to 20mm and tends to be dark brown with a particularly rounded body. You’ll find them living underneath white goods like washing machines and dishwashers, in cupboards, in your garage or shed, and on window frames. The female of the species does bite but they don’t make a habit of being aggressive and very few bites have been reported.
The cardinal spider is the largest spider in the UK and can grow up to a whopping 14cm. They are often a rusty brown, but can be more of a pale brown if young. They live inside the home and tend to hide inside cracks in the walls. They can bite but the bite doesn’t hurt and few have been recorded.