PHOTOS: Spider season begins as massive sex-starved arachnids spotted inside Leeds houses

Huge spiders have been spotted inside houses in Leeds and across Yorkshire - and they're looking for mates.

Thursday, 24th August 2017, 12:28 pm
Updated Monday, 11th September 2017, 1:09 pm
A massive spider

People afraid of spiders (isn't that all of us?) dread the beginning of September, the official start of Spider Season™.

But this year, the season is beginning EARLY - thanks to warm, wet weather in August driving them out of their garden hiding places and into homes.

House spiders will remain in their webs in sheds, garages and wood piles during the summer, until going on the hunt for a mate in autumn.

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That means they'll be moving into your house in the hope of getting some action.

Despite their fearsome looks, house spiders aren't dangerous - and can be safely taken back to the garden with a glass and a bit of paper (but you might want to close your windows).