Saturday 20 January 2018

Town overrun with spiders 'the size of mice'

Spider expert warns this breed will not be shy about coming into the open

Female Giant House Spider at the mouth of her funnel lair
Female Giant House Spider at the mouth of her funnel lair Newsdesk Newsdesk

A market town in England has been overrun with giant spiders after a wet summer, according to reports.

Many residents in Macclesfield, Cheshire have reported spiders the size of mice and now fear that they will lay eggs and make themselves at home in the town.

Macclesfield local Nick Oldham spotted a seven-inch spider in a spare bedroom.

"These things are seriously big. Imagine the horror on my son’s face when he spotted this big boy on his wall," he said.

Another resident, Kris Clare, claims his wife was chased from room to room by a massive spider

House spiders typically prefer dark places such as underneath furniture and in the fireplaces, but experts are warning this new breed of giant house spider will bot be afraid to come out of darker spaces.

Arachnologist Chris Ayre told The Telegraph that this type of spider will not be shy about coming out into the open.

"Giant house spiders are the Golden Retrievers of the spider world, because they are much less shy than their relatives," he said.

When it comes to getting these giant arachnids out of the home, fellow spider expert Adam Hart told Sky News that prevention is better than cure.

"The best thing is to stop them getting in in the first place," he said.

"A bit of home tidying and keeping the windows shut should help a little bit.

"To be honest, they're so good at getting into things, so even if you keep all your windows and doors shut and you're quite paranoid about spiders, you'll still inevitably end up with a few."

The good news is that spider season doesn't last very long and usually takes place around this time in Autumn when the males are looking for females.

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