Green Spiders: Intriguing Facts, Identification, and Control in the UK

Green Spider on a leaf

The green spider is one of the fascinating arachnid species found in the UK. Whether you’re an arachnophile or an arachnophobe, green spiders in the UK spark intrigue. Despite their small size, these creatures play an integral role in our ecosystem. However, when they cross paths with our homes or businesses, it’s helpful to know how to identify them and understand their habits. At Bon Accord Pest Control, we’re sharing insights about these unique arachnids and tips on how to handle them effectively.

What Makes a Spider Green?

Green Spiders: A Product of Camouflage

Green spiders, though less common than their brown or black counterparts, are fascinating creatures. Their green hue, often vibrant, helps them blend seamlessly into their leafy surroundings—a survival tactic to evade predators and sneak up on prey. Among the UK’s green spiders, the Green Orb-Weaver (Araniella cucurbitina) is one of the most prevalent.

Identifying the Green Orb-Weaver

Green Orb-Weavers are small spiders, usually measuring around 5-7mm in length. The females are vivid green, with a red or orange mark on their abdomen’s underside, while males are slightly duller and more yellowish.

Green Spiders and the Ecosystem

While they might be unwelcome house guests, green spiders play a vital role in the ecosystem. As predators, they help control insect populations, reducing pests in gardens and fields. In turn, spiders provide food for birds and other insects, contributing to the balance of nature.

Dealing with Green Spiders

Prevention: The First Line of Defence

The most effective way to handle green spiders, or any pest, is prevention. Here are a few practical tips:

  • Regularly clean corners, behind furniture, and other neglected areas where spiders love to build their webs.
  • Seal cracks and crevices in walls and windows, reducing entry points for spiders.
  • Use natural deterrents, such as peppermint oil, which is known to repel spiders.

When Prevention Isn’t Enough: Calling the Professionals

When the green spider’s presence becomes distressing, it’s time to call in the professionals. At Bon Accord Pest Control, we are experienced in managing a variety of pests, including spiders. With effective and responsible control strategies, we ensure the safety and peace of mind of our clients.

Professional Pest Control: When Spiders Become a Problem

While most UK spiders, including green ones, are harmless, an infestation can be distressing and disruptive. This is when a professional pest control service, like Bon Accord Pest Control, can step in. With expertise in identifying and dealing with a range of pests, we offer effective and responsible pest control solutions.

Green Spider Myths: Busted

Green spiders are often misunderstood creatures, thanks to prevalent myths. One common fallacy is that all spiders are dangerous. Most green spiders, like the Green Orb-Weaver, are harmless. They might bite if threatened, but their venom doesn’t pose a significant risk to humans.

Another misconception is that spiders, especially the green ones, infest houses in large numbers. Spiders, by nature, are solitary creatures, and an infestation by green spiders is relatively rare.


Green spiders are a fascinating element of the UK’s biodiversity, performing important functions within our ecosystem. However, if they become a nuisance within your home or business, it’s essential to take swift action. At Bon Accord Pest Control, we provide a wide array of pest control services, including spider control. Contact us today for expert advice and solutions to your pest issues.

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