19th September 2011
A good year for spiders but not arachnophobes
Spider numbers are on the up thanks to a perfect summer for the creepy crawlies but with it comes a greater number of arachnophobia suffers.
It's been something of an under whelming summer as far as the weather goes. A nice warm spring got us all set for a beautiful summer but it's been something of a wash out. It hasn't been the ideal weather for cracking open the sun screen and getting a tan but nature has reaped its benefits. The weather meant there was a large influx in pollen levels which resulted in much higher numbers of flying insects. That had a knock on effect of the population of Britain's least loved creepy crawly, the spider.
As much as we complain the weather hasn't been brilliant, we're yet to have a cold snap like in most summers. A cold snap is what normally controls the spider population and without it not only are the spider numbers getting bigger but the actual spiders themselves are too. They have continued to grow thanks to a much greater supply of food and a prime climate.
Stewart Hine, Spider expert at the Natural History Museum said "the largest domestic spider is the Tegenaria Partietina or Cardinal Spider".
These can measure up to 6 inches across. The usual trick of using a glass to move them outside will become redundant with the size of this year's spiders.
The increased numbers and sizes of spiders has led to zoo's being bombarded with calls to report tropical spiders, however most are turning out to be common house spiders like the cardinal. The spider hysteria strengthens Arachnophobia's position as the UK's most common phobia.
The only breed of spider out of 650 in the UK that can cause harm to humans is the noble false window, a scare mongering name for a spider that only delivers a nasty nip and not to be confused with its significantly more dangerous and deadly counterparts in Australia and America. It adds weight to the irrational side of the fear but even so we still jump up and get frightened when one crawls out from the bath or under the sofa.
Phantom Screens can help reduce the number of spiders in your home. A window or door screen will prevent flying insects from coming into your property and without a good food supply; the spiders won't want to be in there either. Fly screens for doors and windows are a simple and effective solution to control the creepy crawly population in your home.