Pests can turn your life into a living nightmare. They come in various shapes, sizes and species. But, some of the most feared by far are spiders. It's not only the arachnophobia – fear of spiders that sends shivers down homeowner’s spines. It's the fact spiders can, in some situations; heavily infest households, making life for residents, a living hell. If that happens, the best way to get rid of spiders in the house is reaching for the professional help of pest control services.
A key fact for concern is that all spiders are venomous. That’s the way they catch their prey by injecting venom down hollow fangs into their struggling victims. Luckily, they don’t usually sting humans. Of Britain’s 650 different spider species, just 12 are able to open their mouths wide enough, and have fangs long enough to give any sort of a venomous nip to a human.
We’ve studied some of the eight-legged creepy creatures you might bump up against in households, creating a list of 5 most common spiders you're likely to see around in the upcoming months. If they come in numbers, immediately call your local pest controller.
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Giant house spider (Tegenaria domestica and several similar species)
These huge spiders, often reaching a size of 120mm are most common to be seen in the autumn months when the males leave their homes to search for females. These massive spiders build their webs in garages, attics, shads and cavity walls where they are less likely to be disturbed, making the danger of an infestation bigger.
Giant house spiders have potent venom and may bite, but they do not commonly pose a threat to humans because they're not at all aggressive.
Daddy long-legs spider (Pholcus phalangioides)
Unlike the giant house spiders, these creepy creatures have smaller grey bodies and long, skinny legs. These spiders can bite, but the venom will only cause a brief mild burning sensation. Even though they can vary in size, the Daddy long-legs spider can potentially measure up to 45mm.
Professional pest exterminators testify of numerous examples of heavy infestations by these spiders, especially in seasons of warm and damp weather, convenient for their breeding. There have known to be tens of thousands Daddy long-legs spiders in a single household garage.
False widow spiders (Steatoda grossa and S. nobilis)
The false widow is cited as Britain's most venomous spider, so it already has a bad reputation. The species reach in size of 20mm and are easy to recognize because of the dark brown color and a globe-like abdomen. They made the news story when a house wife discovered over a hundred of them crawling her kitchen cupboard. She was bitten and needed hospital treatment.
Woodlouse spider (Dysdera crocata)
They reach up to 18mm in size, have a legspan to 40mm, and are specific because of the dusky pink body. This species preys exclusively upon woodlice making porches, garages, basements and attics one of their favorite locations to infestate.
They have long red fangs that are strong enough to puncture trough crustacean shells. Woodlouse spider has also been known to bite humans if handled incautiously. Their bite is less painful than a bee sting and the venom causes localized itchiness.
Lace web spider (Amaurobius similis and A. fenestralis)
Commonly seen on outdoor walls and fencing, these spiders will come inside in the autumn months to find a mate or when forced by the heavy rainfall, causing indoor infestations.
You can recognize their brown color with yellow marks on the abdomen area. Be careful when bump into one of these spiders, as they have a bad reputation for biting people. Bite happens to be painful but it doesn't cause major medical problems.
In order to keep these away from your home you should keep your house clean, make sure there are no holes or gaps in your windows or doors to prevent them from entering and use pesticides on cracks and corners. In case the infestation happens anyway, immediately contact your local pest control services that will solve the problem by using professional equipment and chemicals.