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Canterbury is seventh in the ‘most bugged by spiders’ list of cities

It's the time of year when creepy crawlies are looking for somewhere warm and dry to call home

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 HalloweenSellHouseFast.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 Waleswith 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.
Small, but annoying, a common house spider
Don’t worry, you’re not likely to encounter this one. It’s from Iran and has been named after actor Joaquin Phoenix. The creature was given its name due to the male’s abdominal pattern that resembles the famous facial makeup worn by Phoenix in the movie Joker.

Here is a full list of spider-threatened cities in alphabetical order:

CityNumber of recorded spiders and allied species
Aberdeen17
Armagh26
Bangor223
Bath27
Belfast50
Birmingham12
Bradford22
Brighton and Hove34
Bristol28
Cambridge34
Canterbury162
Cardiff100
Carlisle26
Chelmsford34
Chester118
Chichester18
Coventry21
Derby88
Derry13
Dundee4
Durham40
Edinburgh66
Ely25
Exeter29
Glasgow75
Gloucester108
Hereford3
Inverness107
Kingston Upon Hull23
Lancaster13
Leeds16
Leicester228
Lichfield89
Lincoln21
Lisburn35
Liverpool21
City of London178
Manchester20
Newcastle Upon Tyne34
Newport43
Newry72
Norwich168
Perth42
Peterborough105
Plymouth70
Portsmouth31
Preston9
Ripon30
St Albans143
St Asaph142
St Davids209
Salford18
Salisbury48
Sheffield38
Southampton47
Stirling46
Stoke-on-Trent13
Sunderland41
Swansea196
Truro23
Wakefield31
Wells27
Westminster183
Winchester23
Wolverhampton31
Worcester44
York39

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.

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David Buckley

Dave Buckley is a career journalist. “I once went painting girders for a week and discovered I didn’t like heights,” he says. “Apart from that it has always been journalism for me in one form or another.” Past local weekly publications he has worked for include: the South-East London Mercury* covering the Borough of Greenwich as a junior reporter; Orpington-based News Shopper as a sub-editor; and the Kent Messenger when based in Larkfield, Maidstone, as deputy chief sub-editor. He has also worked for the following dailies/nationals: Daily Express, Today*, News of the World* and Hong Kong Star*. All those marked with an asterisk no longer exist (trend emerging?). He owned and edited a Thailand-based property magazine before returning to England and currently works as a production editor on a car fleet magazine. His first foray into property ownership saw him move from London to Rainham (the Gillingham, Kent, variety). He has subsequently lived in Chislehurst, Petts Wood and Orpington in the Borough of Bromley (which he still regards as being in Kent). In more recent years he owned three different properties on the Kings Hill (West Malling) development.

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