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8 British spiders you're likely to find at home this autumn

Country Living (UK) logo Country Living (UK) 6 days ago Lisa Walden
UK spiders often enter our homes during autumn and winter, when it's cold outside. Here's a list of the British spiders you may spot entering your house. © Joel Sharpe - Getty Images UK spiders often enter our homes during autumn and winter, when it's cold outside. Here's a list of the British spiders you may spot entering your house.

During the colder months, British spiders will often enter our homes in search of somewhere warm to hide.

Most British spiders found in UK homes are harmless to humans, but lots of people are scared of them nonetheless. Whether it's in the corner of our living room, in the bath or hanging quietly from the ceiling, these are the eight most common UK spiders you're likely to spot.

Keep an eye open for these during autumn and winter...

1. Daddy Long Legs

a close up of a green leaf: Long legs spider © photonewman - Getty Images Long legs spider

One of the most common spiders found in UK homes is the Daddy Long Leg. Commonly also known as Cellar Spiders, the thin, spindly spiders have extremely long legs and are often found in corners of the home, particularly during late summer. During the day, this species will stay incredibly still, however, when they are disturbed, they will vibrate on their web to scare away any attackers.

2. False Widow Spider

a close up of an animal: A single false widow spider (male) © Steve_Hardiman - Getty Images A single false widow spider (male)

While these spiders aren't usually dangerous to humans, if they get caught in your clothing they might give you a little nip on the skin. These bites don't cause much irritation, but it's always advised to head to your local GP if irritation continues over a prolonged period of time. Most False Widows are a brownish colour with white markings on their back. When the weather cools down, you may notice the eight-legged creatures coming into your home to keep warm.

3. Giant House Spider

common house spider on the floor in a home © CBCK-Christine - Getty Images common house spider on the floor in a home

The Giant House Spider is one of the fastest spiders around, and can impressively run up to half a metre per second. It can be identified by its large, brown body and will commonly be found in UK homes during autumn. Places to spot them include behind the fireplace, in the bath or under the sofa.

4. Lace Web Spider

a close up of a spider: Lace weaver spider © Jacqueline kelsall - Shutterstock Lace weaver spider

The Lace Web Spider is usually around four to 15mm long and can be spotted living in the holes of walls and bark. These are very common and widespread around the UK, so don't be surprised if you find them around your home during autumn and winter, particularly after it has rained. Their web is made from a fine silk (which is where their name comes from) and has a wooly texture.

5. Zebra Spider

Portrait of a Jumping Spider (Salticus scenicus) © ErikKarits - Getty Images Portrait of a Jumping Spider (Salticus scenicus)

The Zebra Spider — or the Jumping Spider — can be identified by its black and white body. This species may be smaller in size compared to others, but they can move very fast (especially when they feel they are being attacked). During April and October is when you are most likely to see this spider.

6. Cardinal Spider

a close up of a spider: Cardinal Spider, Scientific name Tegenaria Parietina sitting on its web, web in focus shot from the side © Saurav Karki - Getty Images Cardinal Spider, Scientific name Tegenaria Parietina sitting on its web, web in focus shot from the side

One of the largest spiders in the UK is the Cardinal Spider — which can grow up to 14cm in size. You'll be able to spot this species by its reddish brown body and find it living mostly in walls of buildings. They're not prone to bite humans, but have been known to react with a bite if they feel threatened.

7. Money Spider

a insect on the ground: Money spider close-up © Shutterstock Money spider close-up

The Money Spider is a family of very small spiders, which are also often known as Sheet Weavers. They are often spotted close to ground level on garden plants, in long grass or around plant pots outside. Around five millimetres in length, they are small compared to others found in the home. You'll be able to identify the spider by its glossy brown body.

8. Orb Weber Spider

Spider on web © Powerfocusfotografie - Getty Images Spider on web

Orb Weber spiders are found between July and October, making webs in gardens around the country (and helping to keep the flies out). They are eight millimetres long and get their name from the large orb-shaped web they spin.


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