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The vast majority of spiders are not considered pests and do not bite. None of the indigenous UK species are considered dangerous.
Most spiders do not bite people. Spider bites will have very little effect on people but a small minority of species may cause a reaction due to the venom injected. Read further information about the bites of a False Widow and a Yellow Sac spider:
The vast majority of spiders found in the UK are harmless and not considered to be pests. Although False Widow and Yellow Sac spiders are found in Britain, they are quite rare.
False Widow Spider
Adult False Widow spiders are not naturally aggressive towards people.
Yellow Sac Spider
Their bite is sharp and painful and can cause erythema and swelling.
If you have spotted signs of spiders, it is more than likely they are harmless casual intruders and will not bite. The most effective way to control or get rid of spiders is to limit their food source by clearing away dead flies, woodlice and other crawling insects.
If you still have concerns regarding a particular spider species or wish to know more about UK spiders visit the British Arachnological Society website.
We offer a 'peace of mind' spider inspection and monitoring service for businesses, aimed at identifying specific spider species that may be an issue and confirming those which are harmless.