Who says end of summer, said lower temperatures. At this time of the year, a phenomenon that scares a lot of people is on the horizon: the invasion of spiders in our homes. Throughout the summer, they waited impatiently for this moment: the season of love. Yes, these small critters will now breed in our rooms and in our bathrooms. And some big specimens could point the tip of their nose …
Many spiders live for months or even their entire lives in our homes.
The next few weeks will see spiders land in our homes. If you have not seen them in the spring or summer, it’s probably because they were hiding under your floor or in the attic. But now it’s time for them to get out of their hideout to mate. Which puts them in a position of weakness, within reach of your vacuum cleaner or broom.
Often we hear that a mild summer can bring up spiders the size of a hand. And since last summer was very nice, we can prepare to see some big critters. In the British press, some testimonies, in Manchester for example, report serious copies. But where do we go from here?
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What can we do?
Spiders have many advantages, just count small dead bugs caught in their web and will not bother you any more. But if you want to reduce the risk of a meeting with your worst enemy, there are some tips to watch.
First, you can brush regularly and remove traces of their canvas. Spiders are less likely to come back with their offspring if their habitat is gone. In addition, you can also try to seal any small holes in walls or near windows to prevent spiders from slipping inside your house.
If you see any one, do not panic. The spider is more at risk than you. And if you can identify some specimens, you may show a little more sympathy for these eight-legged roommates. Here are some beautiful examples that can be found in our country …
1. The Labyrinth Agelene (8-12 mm)
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We start with this spider which is very often in our gardens. The labyrinth spider is happy to live in plants or in thick hedges. His large tablecloth is often visible. Once a small prey is trapped, the spider runs to bite and paralyze his victim. A bad time for all the insects that annoy us like mosquitoes.
2. The domestic Tegenium (10-16 mm)
Over the next few weeks you will see a lot of spiders at home
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These spiders may have lived all their lives in your home. Or maybe it’s a male who slipped under your door. Not because it was cold but because he probably wanted to mate.
3. The giant Tegenium (10-20 mm)
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This is in principle the largest specimen of spider that you can find on your floor. It is darker than the domestic Tegenium. Its body measures between 12 and 18 mm, but its legs can reach in a male copy the size of 7 centimeters (!). If you see a beast of such a size, there is little doubt: it must be a giant Tegenium.
4. Badumna wild (8-15 mm)
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They are usually outdoors in damp places. They choose water points such as drainage systems or all kinds of water-related objects.
5. Pholque phalangide (7-10 mm)
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Another species that only lives in our homes. It is recognized by its very long legs and very thin. It resides in the cellars, in the corners of the rooms where it weaves an irregular web that forms a formidable trap for all other insects. The spider makes its web vibrate so quickly that it disappears.
6. The Opiliones
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In fact, they are not really spiders, since they can not make canvas and do not have venom. They are very similar to the Phloch phalangid seen previously. Something gloomy: they can drop their legs when they feel threatened, and they can continue to move a few moments independently. They can also walk on three legs, it does not pose too much trouble to them.
7. The Cross Spider (4-18 mm)
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One of the most common spiders and also the most beautiful spiders from us. You will find them in your garden and recognize them thanks to the mark in the shape of cross which is on their backs. They are formidable hunters who are active especially at night. They are completely safe for us, but it is better not to get too close to them, a bite can cause itching for several hours.
8. Scotophaeus blackwalli (8-12 mm)
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Also called “the tiger of our houses”, this species of spider literally throws itself on its prey. She even attacks other spiders sometimes. If you go to the bathroom at night, you may come across one of these specimens. And if you try to crush it, it’s not unusual for her to try to bite you.
A bite can also seriously itch you. But hey, you take more risks with mosquitoes and other insects. The list is still long in Belgium and France. If you want to know more, do not hesitate to surf on this complete site and with lots of super scary photos. Even if, as you will understand, they are not a threat to the man in our country.