Spider surge in Wiltshire

Spider surge in Wiltshire

Published at 1:35pm 19th September 2018. (Updated at 4:09pm 19th September 2018)

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You may have seen more spiders than usual this week and here's why...

You may have noticed a surge in spider sightings in your house in recent weeks. Well, now we know why are there so many spiders around this September.

Why are there so many spiders in my house?

The main reason why are there so many spiders in your house is we are now into the mating season, meaning male spiders are much more active as they hunt for a mate. As the weather is cooler and wetter this September, giant house spiders up to 12cm long will emerge! 

The second reason why are there so many spiders in your house is that Wiltshire is apparently a hotspot for spiders 🕷

 

This is a Wolf Spider, one of the most common house spiders to find in Surrey and Hampshire.
This is a Wolf Spider, one of the most common house spiders to find in Wiltshire and Hampshire.

 How to get rid of spiders in my house?

  • Spiders are repelled by strong scents 👃 Peppermint oil is a popular scent, you can add it to a spray water bottle and spritz the rooms where spiders usually hide. 
  • Get de-cluttering 📚 Spiders like to hide in corners and crevices so if you have a lot of times piling up in a room have a declutter and a tidy up. 
  • Citrus 🍋 Spiders dislike citrus scents, you could try rubbing lemon peel on skirting boards or use lemon scented candles and furniture polish. 
  • Conkers 🌰 Yes you've probably heard this one. Many homeowners swear this works so why not give it a try. Do be careful if you're a pet owner as chestnuts can be poisonous when eaten.
This is a Triangle Spider, one of the most common house spiders to find in Wiltshire and Hampshire.
This is a Triangle Spider, one of the most common house spiders to find in Wiltshire and Hampshire. 

What types of spiders are common in Wiltshire?

Here are the top five spider species to spot this Autumn:

1⃣  Wasp Spider - striking yellow and black striped spider with a large body. The female has a horrible habit of eating her mate!

2⃣ Raft Spider - a large striped spider that can walk on water, dive and even swim. Voracious hunter - may eat tadpoles and bite if handled!

3⃣ Gorilla Jumper - scary-looking, hairy, black jumping spider, with all-round vision. Found on damp heaths.  Don't be alarmed - it's pretty small!

4⃣ Wolf Spider - hunts on the ground, chasing down its prey and leaping on it, just like a wolf! Female carries young on her back after they've hatched.

5⃣ Triangle Spider - this rare spider is named after its unusual triangular shaped web.

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