Thousands of horny spiders to invade UK homes as arachnid season kicks off

Thousands of sex-crazed spiders are set to enter the UK as 'spider season' gets underway.

It usually kicks off in the first two weeks of September and ends in early October, with the web-spinning beasts invading British homes as they hunt for a mate.

People are more likely to see the eight-legged critters around the house as they look to copulate.

Before spider season began last year, expert Richard Jones told the BBC: "The ones we see scuttling around in the house – they're usually the male house spiders.

"The ones you see running across the carpet in front of you freaking you out, most often it'll be a male out on some sort of amorous pursuit.

"I think even the cleanest, smallest house will have a good 20 to 40 spiders."

As the name suggests, the most common species you'll find in your home is the one dubbed 'house spiders' – these have descended from species that are used to warmer climates, such as the ones you would find in North Africa or the Mediterranean.

Richard added: "Old Victorian houses like mine – with lots of little cracks and crevices and places for things to get in – I wouldn't be at all surprised if we're well into four figures."

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The expert went on to say that almost all of the spiders people are likely to come into contact with in the UK are harmless, going on to say most of the creatures could not bite you even if they wanted to.

False widow spiders can give you a nasty bite but normally only attack people if they think they are under threat.

During spider season about 80% of the critters people see are males.

They are on the hunt for mates and females "stay put" indoors, according to Professor Adam Hart, an entomologist at the University of Gloucestershire, so there is an inevitable influx of home-invading arachnids.

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