As if 2020 couldn’t get worse, it looks like giant spiders will be invading our homes here in the UK in the near future and they’re also going to be aggressively bonking each other as well to make matters even more icky for us.
Spiders generally tend to start looking for mates and head indoors as the weather starts to cool down and as Autumn approaches that means that it’s that time of year again. They’re known as male house spiders and they can grow as big as your hand and move rapidly, so it’s unlikely you’ll be able to catch them or squish them in time to get them out of your hair.
The fact that it’s colder also means that they’re looking for somewhere warmer to mate, which could mean underneath your couch or pillow as opposed to under the floorboards or in your garage. Rank.
Here’s what an ecologist from Nottingham University named Dr Chris Terrell-Nield had to say to the Daily Mirror about these little critters:
The spider that is coming into houses at the moment is the house spider and it is one of Britain’s biggest spiders.
The males are up to 10cm across the leg span and can be the size of your hand – that is the top range but it can be two thirds of that size.
The size is down to how much they have eaten. They are not dangerous but they can give you a nip.
They have biting fangs. These things have been breeding and started their life span in the spring.
This time of the year, August and September, the male spiders have the urge to mate and start wandering and looking for females.
When they find them they mate and she lays eggs and the male usually dies.
Spiders do an incredible service for us because they eat vast quantities of flies.
The reason people are frightened of them is because the way they move. They look imposing.
It is the same reaction when people see a mouse. But we are far more dangerous to them than they are to us.
They come inside because it is warm and dry in houses so it is attractive to them.
I guess it’s good to know that they’re not dangerous and a lot of them will be ending up dead after they’ve mated, but it’s still freaky to think about them rocking around and scaring the shit out of people all over the place. Hopefully we don’t see too many of them, but given the way the year is going I wouldn’t be surprised if they developed poisonous COVID-19 bites or something. You’ve gotta think it’s possible.
For more of the same, check out this bizarre mutant spider that was recently discovered down under. Terrifying.