Spiders as big as MICE invading British homes to lay eggs

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The spiders, whose painful bite is similar to a bee sting if it can pierce the skin, can sometimes grow up to 12cm-long

11:18, 20 AUGUST 2015
BY JAMES CHAPPLE

Spiders as big as MICE are set to invade British homes, experts have warned.

The giant randy spiders have their sights set on our houses in order to find a warm dry place to mate – and each female can lay HUNDREDS of eggs.

Arachnologist Chris Ayre reckons the giant house spiders will flock to British homes this month in a bid to find a mate and get out of the weather.

The spiders, whose painful bite is similar to a bee sting if it can pierce the skin, can sometimes grow up to 12cm-long.

Chris said: “Giant house spiders are the Golden Retrievers of the spider world, because they are much less shy than their relatives.”

The spiders, who prefer dark spaces and crevices, are among the largest spiders in Europe, but thankfully their fangs are not often long enough to pierce our skin.

It comes just a day after warnings ‘crazy ants’ from Argentina were coming to Britain, bringing with them disease.

Editor’s comment: I found one of these house spiders – seemed bigger than usual so I grabbed it gently with a piece of loo paper and popped it out the window.  I then saw two moist patches where the spider had bitten the paper probably in self defence. To be fair it was only a little bigger than a normal house spider and not as large as the photo above

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