Having a fear of spiders is known as Arachnophobia.
Though most arachnids are harmless the fear of spiders is so acute for its sufferers that just the sight of the eight-legged creature may cause them to feel extreme panic, sometimes so that even an object resembling a spider can trigger a panic attack in an arachnophobic individualÂ triggering untold fear which can be very upsetting and distressing for them.
An Arachnophobe will go to any length to ensure that their homes are completely spider-free but they’re in for a challenge this year in the UK thanks to the wet and soggy summer weather becasue according to reports the number of the eight-legged creatures have soared as they poise to take over millions of British homes.
But what is so important to a spider in the month of September?
Well, this is the mating time for Arachnids and the month when you’re most likely to see a spider somewhere in your home which will usually be a male on the hunt for a mate, and despite many people believing that spiders creep in through gaps under the doors or windows, hundreds are believed to be carried in to the home on a persons clothes or in a shopping bag.
One of the biggest spiders ever found in the UK was a Cardinal spider, 5 inches across including its long hairy legs and small body and as for the belief that spiders crawl up through the bath plughole, many spiders actually fall into the bath when they’re running around the outside of the tub.
A common house spider is known to lay up to 50 eggs while a garden spider can lay as many as 200 but according to an expert, out of the 200 eggs only two or three spiders will actually make in to adulthood as they’re good prey for predators including wasps and birds.
There are many facts and myths about these so-called creepy creatures including an old wives tale that says putting out conkers in your home will scare the little critters off because they simply don’t Â like the smell of the inside of the prickly case that protects its fruit.
Getting rid of cobwebs might seem like a good idea to a sufferer but a spider is a hard worker and can spin a new web every day if it has to and contrary to belief not all spiders spin a web, like the Wolf spider for example who simply hops after its prey and spits its venom into its victim.
But take note all those who live in fear of the eight-legged Arachnids because despite every spider being poisonous, in the UK none of them possess fangs strong enough to penetrate our skin so although they may appear menacing, please try to remember that their biggest predator is us.