Spiders Holidaying in UK Homes

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Apparently this little fellow is coming to pay us a visit in the UK this autumn.  It’s not even Halloween yet but well he’s keen to make your acquaintance. He doesn’t need much care, just a steady stream of insects to eat, somewhere to hide when the going gets rough. He comes with the guarantee of No Vet Bills to worry about. Play with him from time to time, he promises not to bite. He’s real cute scuttling across the floor. Just don’t bother trying to catch him, he’s mega fast. Oh and whatever you do, don’t break up his web, he gets really upset. That’s his home, he’s spent a lot of time working on it, give Mr Spider a break! How would you feel if somebody smashed up your home?

Ok, joking apart these guys look scary but they’re harmless. Actually they’re quite useful. They’ll keep your insect population down. Handy chaps to have around. This gets me back to a real life event, the other evening my daughter came running into the living room whilst we were watching TV. She said that she’d seen an enormous spider. It was as “big as a Tarantula.”  She was so upset she was virtually on the verge of tears. I was a bit sceptical, but now I’m beginning to wonder, did she see our friend above ? No wonder she was upset if she did! Anyway we turned her bedroom upside down, screaming with mounting hysteria every time we thought something had fallen out of a bag, or a shoe. This took a long, long, time, her room isn’t very tidy. Come on she’s a teenager, give her a little slack. Anyway Mr Tarantula didn’t make an appearance again. I think the screaming scared him away, maybe he had a headache and decided that he needed to go for a nap? Or maybe he was hungry and was off to sample a buffet of his favourite insects? Either way I just hope we don’t wake up one morning with him crawling on our faces! We don’t fancy being his delicacy!

Photo courtesy of AOL News article by Ruth Doherty, Sept 18, 2014.  Giant spiders to invade British homes this autumn. Warm summer has caused spiders to grow bigger. http://travel.aol.co.uk/2014/09/18/giant-spiders-invade-british-homes-autumn/?icid=maing-grid7%7Cuk%7Cdl5%7Csec1_lnk2%26pLid%3D294016

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