UK homes set to be invaded by 150 million giant house spiders
Are you afraid of spiders? If so, look away now.
In some rather horrifying news, the UK is set to be taken over by a 150 million-strong army of giant house spiders which are making their way into our living rooms and up our plug holes as we speak. The 8-legged-soldiers, which can grow up to 7.5 cm in size, are dark orange or brown and are appearing in homes up and down the country, as temperatures in the country begin to turn a little bit chillier.
Experts are warning that there is set to be an unprecedented amount of these freaky things barging their way into our humble homes, and people all over the country have begun taken photos of the intruders in order to raise awareness.
According to experts, the recent wet weather in the UK has meant that the insects and flies that spiders tend to eat have been much easier for them to catch, leading to the eight-legged beasts to become much bigger this year.
Malcolm D Welshman, a Naturalist, has spoken about the new, bigger spiders, saying: "It's boosted their population – hence 150 million are now on the march indoors as the spider-nesting season starts."
However, Simon Garrett, head of Conservation Learning at Bristol Zoological Society, says that the spider's are innocent little things, who would actually rather not be in your home.
"Spiders don't specifically want to enter your home – in fact, they'd rather stay away as there's less food and it's too dry and clean. It is the need to mate that changes their behaviour. Some will move into a house if there is an entry point for them."
Spiders breed in large numbers, and it is currently mating season in the spider-world. Once a male has found a female's web, he stays there for a number of weeks like an annoying boyfriend, mating repeatedly with her throughout this time.
The female then stores to the sperm throughout the winter, which allows her to produce more than 10 egg sacs, with each of them containing up to 60 eggs, the following spring. This means it is unlikely that the quantity of these terrifying intruders is going to slow down.
Giant house spiders, or Eratigena atrica, as they are scientifically known, are much larger and bolder than the common "ordinary" house spiders. If, like me, you are absolutely terrified of the idea that one of these might be in your home, pest controllers are recommending that you seal any cracks in doors and remove any plants from the outside of your house in order to prevent any intrusion.
I don't know about you, but I am feeling severely freaked out by all of this. First, it was looking like nuclear war was on the horizon, then it was natural disasters, now it's spiders. I, for one, won't be sleeping soundly tonight due to the fear that one of these bad boys might crawl into my mouth or lay 600 eggs in my room somewhere.