10 spiders found inside Leeds homes and how painful their bites are
Here's a round up of the top 10 house spiders to look out for in Leeds, across Yorkshire and indeed the whole of the UK. Arachnophobes, look away now...
1. Giant house spider
Size: Up to 12cm wideHabitat: Most commonly found in sheds and gardens.Appearance: Typically dark orange, brown or beige.Does it bite? They do possess potent venom and can bite, but don’t usually pose a threat to humans.
2. Zebra Jumping Spider
Size: Up to 8mmAppearance: Distinctive white and black markings.Habitat: Found on external walls, as well as indoors, where they will enter through open doors and windows.Does it bite? Yes, but like most spiders are more likely to run away from larger prey.
3. Cupboard Spider (Steatoda grossa)
Size: Up to 10mmAppearance: Can vary slightly from dark purple, to brown to black.Habitat: As the name suggests, usually found in cupboards inside out buildings and houses.Do they bite? Yes, but they are not usually aggressive and the bites themselves have minor symptoms.
4. Daddy Long Legs
Size: Do vary in size, but can reach up to 45mmHabitat: Lives in a variety of habitats, including forests, meadows, caves, and wetlands.Appearance: Bodies are round or oval in shape, and of course have trademark long legs.Does it bite? Rumoured to be the most venomous invertebrates in our houses, there are actually no cases of the spider biting a human and causing long-lasting damage.
5. Money Spider
Size: Smallest in the UK growing no more than 5mmAppearance: In most cases they have grey or black bodies, although some do have distinctive markings.Habitat: Usually found in low growing vegetation and piles of leaves.Does it bite? These spiders are considered so harmless to humans it is believed if such a spider is seen running on you, it will bring with it financial fortune. We'll let you decide if that's good luck...
6. Lace Web Spider
Size: Up to 12mmHabitat: Common and widespread throughout the UK, although less so in the far north. Usually found on outdoor walls and fencing.Appearance: Brown with yellow markings in the abdomen.Does it bite? Yes, bites are reported to be painful but symptoms usually ease off after 12 hours.
7. Missing Sector Orb
Size: Up to 7mmAppearance: A silver-grey coloured abdomen with a brown oak leaf pattern on the back.Habitat: Windowsills.Does it bite? No, it isn’t usually harmful to humans.
8. False Widow Spider
Size: 20mmAppearance: Dark brown with a bulbous abdomen.Habitat: They love conservatories, window frames, porches, lofts and garages, and tend to live beneath kitchen appliances and cupboards.Does it bite? Often referred to as ' Britain's most venomous spider', female False Widow Spiders are known to have bitten humans, although they are not usually aggressive and attacks are rare.
9. Cardinal Spider
Size: Largest spider in the UK, growing up to 14cmAppearance: Reddish brown, but young spiders can be much paler up to their last moult.Habitat: Lives mostly in buildings or walls.Does it bite? Bites are rare, and painless. Legend has it that Cardinal Thomas Woolsey was terrified by this species at Hampton Court back in the 16th century.
10. Tube Web Spiders
Size: Up to 23mm
Appearance: Has six eyes arranged in three groups of two, with an iridescent green jaw.Habitat: Under stones or logs, and in holes in walls, trees and wooden fencesDoes it bite? Yes, this spider has a painful bite, with a sensation lasting several hours.