So, how are you with spiders? Not good? Me neither. Indeed, I dislike them with a passion. I’d rank them right up there with snakes. A spider might have provided inspiration to Robert the Bruce but all they have ever done for me is put me off trying to find lost golf balls*. I’ll explain shortly.
It’s that time of year again. A time when eight-legged creatures venture into our homes seeking out warm and dry places to survive.
Following the recent news giant house spiders ‘the size of your hand’ will be invading homes across the UK this autumn, and in the build-up to Halloween, SellHouseFast.uk wanted to look into the spiders and their allies (chernes, ticks…etc.) that could invade our homes and which part of the UK is most likely to be hit the hardest.
Here are some of their key findings:
- The city most in danger of having their homes invaded is Leicester, with 228 different species of spiders (and allies) recorded. That city isn’t having the best of it at present what with heightened Covid risks and the like.
- Following shortly behind is the city of St Davids in Wales, with 209 different species recorded.
- The city least likely to have homes invaded by creepy crawlies is the city of Hereford, with only three species of spiders and allies currently recorded.
- The news isn’t too clever for Canterbury inhabitants. The cathedral city is seventh on the list with 162 species.
- Why did a spider put me off searching for lost golf balls? Well, back in the time when I thought I had money I played golf on a lovely, but very hot, course in the Bahamas (name-dropper!). I was playing with my youngest son (he would have been eight or nine at the time). Anyhow, I put a poor shot into the undergrowth and my son set off to try to retrieve it. I stopped him just in time … just above his head in a gap in the trees was a big web containing the most amazingly coloured – and rather large – spider. I reasoned that I could replace the ball more easily than having to explain to his mother how a large spider had attacked our lad.
- As a further aside, I have played a lot of golf in Thailand given that I lived there for about a decade. While playing, I had to avoid snakes of differing lengths on more than one occasion. I even happened across a snake – think it was an adder – basking in the sun in the long grass (where I spend a lot of time when playing golf) on the 10th hole at the King’s Hill course in West Malling.
Here is a full list of spider-threatened cities in alphabetical order:
|City||Number of recorded spiders and allied species|
|Brighton and Hove||34|
|Kingston Upon Hull||23|
|City of London||178|
|Newcastle Upon Tyne||34|
For more information on the types of spiders (including the ones that bite) in these cities and for the full list of data resources responsible for collating the data, you can visit the full blog post here.