Ron Weasley Will Be Terrified Of This News About Giant Spiders In Britain


Sounds like the worst nightmares of Ron Weasley coming to life:

Millions of eight-legged creepy crawlies of the species Eratigena artrica are set to spawn in Britain in the autumn months, taking advantage of a some left-over summer flies to gorge on as they spread themselves around the nation, according to the Sun.

Giant house spiders are a common sight at UK homes, but experts said to expect more as breeding season for the fuzzy friends (depending on who you ask) is officially underway.

Around 150 million of the giant house spiders are set to spawn on British shores, and the dark orange-brown colored spiders can grow up to 7.5cm in size.

We all probably appreciate a bit of the outdoors, but maybe not if you wake up next to a creepy crawlie that size on your pillow.

The giant house spider takes its name from its tendency to take up residence in human homes.

These spiders also take advantage of our tendency to be afraid of them to avoid paying rent. Just kidding.

“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,” Simon Garrett, Bristol Zoological Society’s Head of Conservation Learning, told The Sun.

“It is the need to mate that changes their behaviour.”

So of course the logical thing to do would be to keep the house tidy maintain cleanliness to reduce the chances of the spiders cozying up at home.

However, experts also advise taking precautions to make it more difficult for them to get inside in the first place.

“Some will move into a house if there is an entry point for them,” confirmed Garrett.

You can do this by sealing up cracks in doors and windows and limiting the number of flies in your home by not having plants near the exterior.

But if you’re a spider-loving American, maybe now is the best time to contact some friends over at the UK for a bit of spider watching.


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