Spiders In The UK

Spiders are a common sight in the UK, but what do we know about them?

In this section, we will explore the various types of spiders that live in the UK, their habitats and some of their interesting behaviours.

The presence of spiders in the UK is in a healthy state. The species that are native to the UK are very common and can be found all over the country.

There are around 2,000 species of spiders found in the world and only a few of them live in Britain. The ones that do live here have adapted to this environment and have become successful at living alongside humans.

The most common spider found in Britain is the False Widow Spider. It has been spotted across England, Scotland and Wales but it is most commonly found in Southern coastal regions.

Spiders In The UK

Spiders are an important part of the ecosystem. They are a part of a food chain, they eat bugs and help with pollination.

The UK has had its fair share of spiders in the past, but now they are becoming more frequent. One reason for this could be climate change and another could be that we’re building on more green spaces like forests and parks.


There are more than 350 million people who suffer from the fear of spiders, known as arachnophobia. This phobia haunts children and terrifies grown men alike. However, do these eight-legged creatures deserve all this fame? Let us examine some popular species found in Britain!


One of the most commonly asked questions when it comes to spiders is: “Are Spiders Poisonous?” Of course, in the UK we know that they are not dangerous or poisonous; our false widows bite only if threatened and people would have to be desperate.

For many people however, this fear of spiders is something which they inherit from their parents – they see their parents or grandparents react to a ‘tiny spider’ and suddenly they are fearful too.

There is something about the way spiders move that is unnerving, even though an object in motion tends to stay in motion; for some reason we tend to interpret this as malevolent. Also, many species have hairy legs which do not seem to fit the bill for a ‘cuddly toy’ species at all. As we see spiders and their legs moving on our walls, curtains and furniture we are reminded of this sense of fear.

Many people will describe this as an unreasonable fear of spiders although, if you have ever been bitten by one then it is easily justified; false widow spider bites, for example, are particularly nasty.


Venomous Spiders in the UK


False Widow Spider (Steatoda)


The False Widow Spider is a small, venomous spider that you might find in your shed. While their bites can cause pain and swelling near the wound, there’s no need to worry because they’re typically not aggressive unless provoked or defending themselves. They have glossy legs which are dark brown on top of their bodies (which appear black) with cream-colored patterns on their bulbous abdomen.


European Garden Spider (Araneus diadematus)

The European garden spider is venomous but not particularly dangerous to humans. Their bite causes nausea and a fairly small swelling that can last for up to two days, which might be the worst of it! They have black legs with yellow or red coloring on them as well three claws in each leg. The front body has short silver hairs all over it too.


Brown Recluse Spider (Loxosceles reclusa)

The brown recluse spider has a necrotic venom that can cause severe tissue damage, but most people do not experience any symptoms. Only a few are affected by the intense pain and swelling caused by its bite.



People usually think spiders are insects, but they’re not. They belong to the arachnids order which is more closely related to ticks and scorpions than cockroaches or wasps. This good news because unlike insects who can fly, there’s no chance for a winged future in near sight with these creatures!


Spiders are easily distinguished from insects by the fact that they have eight legs. They come at all different shapes and sizes, with segmented bodies. Most spiders have eight eyes although you can’t see them without a microscope; almost all spider species produce silk through spinnerets in their backs. Spiders also wrap up prey using fangs on the front of their mouths like many other carnivorous animals do! Unlike insects, most spiders don’t possess antennae or wings to fly around but some may use pedipalps for sensing things — these “feelers” just look creepy because they’re often bigger than regular ones!


Feeding habits

Spiders have an extremely wide range of dietary habits and preferences. Some species, for example, prey mostly on insects such as bees or beetles; others feed primarily on frogs and lizards. However some spiders may also eat birds! Spiders catch their food in many different ways: there’s the classic web spinner which captures flying insect (and other substances) using protein-based silk that functions like a sticky net to capture airborne creatures while mummifying them with its adhesive properties so they can be preserved long enough until it decides to consume them later.


Do you have a house spider in your home? If so, it’s more than likely doing its job and eating any insects that get near. Spiders are nature’s pest control as they eat the majority of their prey. In fact, many people leave spiders alone because not only do they kill other bugs but also reduce insect population on plants!

People often think about how dangerous or creepy some species can be if left to roam free around our homes however there is another side which we don’t hear enough about – these animals help us by reducing pests from entering into our houses while at the same time dealing with them themselves without causing too much harm such as bites etc..

Why do spiders come inside the house? Spiders In The UK

Weather conditions


House spiders are tiny and fragile, so they become even more shocked when the weather is not what it seems. For example, if you live in a place that experiences extreme temperatures or humidity levels outside of normal seasons then expect them to seek refuge inside your home during colder months just like humans would do too!


It’s mating season

As it is mating season, the spider population in your property has increased dramatically. Spiders look for places to breed that are conducive with life and have a mate during this time of year which will provide shelter from predators while rearing their young just as much as we would want our home to be nice and safe too!



If you have the right food source (and water) in your house, a spider invasion is guaranteed. So if there are various insect pests lingering around at home, it’s best to take care of them as soon as possible because they may attract spiders which will only make things worse for us. There are some Araneae species that enjoy fruit so leaving bananas and apples unprotected on the kitchen table isn’t safe either!

Easy access

If you don’t want to host a spider party, take care of any entry points. This means that small cracks in the wall or opened windows are invitations for spiders; there could even be some species clever enough to use holes made by vermin and crawl into your home! So if you’re not keen on having arachnids over, make sure everything is sealed up tight – no one wants an uninvited guest around their house.

How do spiders get into your house?

According to scientists, spiders can enter your house through a number of ways including open doors and windows. Unfortunately for you, this means that they could sneak in without any resistance if there’s an opening large enough for them. You should try to cover up all the entrances into your home so insects have no choice but to go elsewhere!

To avoid pest invasions in your home, make sure to close all doors and windows tightly and replace any damaged strips. If you don’t have them already, get door sweeps installed as this is a common entry point for pests like spiders or ants. Furthermore, look out for cracks on the foundation of the property which can be sealed with caulking along with gaps since these are also potential points of entry according to experts at Bon Accord Pest Control. Another place that needs attention is vents where bugs crawl into homes through air ventilation systems – install mesh screens over it anytime there’s an infestation! Taking preventative measures against such problems will protect not just your house but yourself from other possible pest threats too.

You can bring spiders into your home in several ways, but most methods are more subtle than you might think. If the spider enters with an old toy or inside a moving box, it may not be noticeable at first. You could also get them from visiting the park and carrying them on clothing until they enter without being seen. Prevention is difficult; however, inspecting items before bringing them indoors will help to avoid infestation of these insects that like dark places such as garages and basements where there’s no need for light anyway!

Where do spiders hide?

A spider’s choice of a place to hide depends on the type of insect. For example, there are varieties that like more moist areas such as crawl spaces and bathrooms. Others prefer dark and quiet places such as attics or room corners.

There are a lot of spider species in the UK. These spiders prefer to live alone, but don’t be surprised if you find one when cleaning your attic or garage – they might like that sort of environment!

If you’re really unlucky, spiders might take a shine to your house. Despite their name, common house spiders don’t like people and will normally live in the dark corners of cluttered places such as attics or garages.

Professional spider control

If you’ve tried everything else and still can’t rid yourself of those pesky spiders, it’s time to hire a professional exterminator. They’ll thoroughly inspect your home for the pests’ hiding places and use powerful insecticides that aren’t available over-the-counter with lasting effects.

If you are looking for spider control services in your area, look no further. We offer free estimates and will rid you of spiders quickly and effectively by using non-toxic methods to remove them from the home or business.

Spider Control

Bon Accord offers spider control services ranging from spider control, inspection and extermination to pest proofing.

We encounter spiders everywhere; just ask an arachnophobic.

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