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The vast majority of Spiders found in the UK are harmless and not considered to be pests.
Spiders have a very important role to play in our ecosystem, they will help to rid your home and garden of unwanted flying pests. If you spot one inside your home, you should carefully trap it using a glass and piece card and move it outside.
There are thousands of varieties of spiders around the world, but here in the UK there are approximately 650 species. Yet there are just a handful of these that you might encounter in your home, garage or garden. Find useful facts below about the habits and lifecycles of some spider species.
False Widow spiders will only bite when feeling threatened in defence, however bites are fairly rare.
The false widow spider is nocturnal, rarely venturing out during the day, prefering to be hidden away in cracks close to its web. Generally they are solitary, preferring a dry warm environment where they will not be disturbed.
The false widow has some similarities to its more famous cousin, the black widow spider, but is clearly identifiable as it has cream markings on its abdomen (rather than red), and its legs and body are a browny-orange colour (rather than black).
Wolf spiders hunt at night but spend the day hidden amongst moss and decaying matter.
• Adult female: 8 mm; male - 6 mm. They are generally brown to grey in colour.
Harvestman can usually be found in fields and forests.
Giant House spiders can be found in the autumn months dashing across the floor of your home or business, usually in search of a mate.
The cellar spider is sometimes known as the daddy longlegs spider. It gets its name due to primarily being found on the ceilings of rooms or cellars
Garden spiders are found across the UK and Europe. The distinctive white marking on the abdomen have led to the nickname 'cross spider'.
Aptly named for their black and white marking Zebra spiders are widespread across Britain and Europe.