Spiders

  • Thousands of people are scared of spiders
  • A phobia of spiders can be paralysing and is known as arachnophobia
  • Spiders are often derided but do an important job
  • Every year, spiders eat the equivalent of the human population in the UK in flies and other insects
  • Spiders like the bath because they need water to drink
  • Spiders move quickly when they are looking for a mate
  • The False Widow spider has a painful bite, which is similar to a bee sting

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Giant House Spider

Size: up to 12cm wide

Description: dark orange, brown or beige in colour, they are commonly found in sheds and gardens. They can bite but they don’t pose a threat to humans

Daddy Long Legs

Size: vary in size

Description: they have round or oval bodies and have the trademark long, long legs. They live in a variety of places from meadows to your hallway, caves to your garage. Although they can bite, there are no known cases of this happening.

Money Spider

Size: the smallest spider in the UK, measuring no more than 5mm

Description: grey or black in colour they are found under leaves and in vegetation. They are harmless and a money spider is thought to bring your good luck…

Cardinal Spider

Size: largest spider in UK, growing up to 14cm

Description: reddish/brown but young spiders are much paler. Lives in buildings or walls. Bites are rare and painless. Gets its name from the legend that Cardinal Thomas Woolsey was terrified of these spiders back in 16th Century Hampton Court.

Diagnosis

Nuisance scale: 10/10 HIGH

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More so if you have a fear or phobia of spiders; in larger numbers, they can make living or working in a building an uncomfortable experience.

Hazard: 1/10 MILD

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Bites are rare, attacks even rarer and they do not spread disease to humans

How We Treat This Pest

Although Combat Pest Control is committed in looking after our native wildlife, some non-native species can cause great harm if disturbed. We offer a wide range of solutions tailored to your needs.

Interesting Facts

  • Spider stomachs can only take liquids therefore, they liquefy their food
  • They bite their prey, empty their stomach liquid into it and then suck up the insect soup
  • Spiders are covered in water-repellent hairs
  • Spiders float
  • They can survive under water for hours
  • Male spiders don’t have a penis – they have two pedipalps instead with which to mate
  • There are thought to be 650 species of spider in the UK