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Aibu to ask which spider this is? (Photo attached warning)

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londonrach Fri 08-Apr-16 07:27:59

Last night dh and i were in bed and looked up towards the ceiling to see a large spider on the ceiling. After some discussion dh ventured towards spider with trusted glass and cardboard. On nearerly said spider, spider jumped (And i mean jumped) into our bed. Two grown adult jumped out of bed. Dh managed to catch spider in glass and took to window. Spider jumped out of glass and landed up window ledge. Dh placed glass over and despite nervous checks spider still there. Ill take spider outside later today. However ive never seen a spider jump so looked up google and have no idea which spider it is. Its not stripped so cant be a zebra. Any ideas mntters. Im in uk.

MrsUnderwood Fri 08-Apr-16 07:33:54


londonrach Fri 08-Apr-16 07:38:09

Sets fire to house! Thanks mrsu.....i never could stand the alien films for more than 2 seconds!

DropYourSword Fri 08-Apr-16 07:39:08

That would generally be called an Aaaaarghhh AAAARGHHHH get it, GET IT, smash it with your shoooooe, <sobs and rocks in a corner > spider in our household. That's probably its technical name.

BadDoGooder Fri 08-Apr-16 07:40:56

Underwood grin

I think it's a small house spider, they are not bitey, and in fact eat lots of other spiders and pests, so quite handy to have around!
I found one in the corner of my living room catching ants that were coming in the back door, so left him to it. smile

TheoriginalLEM Fri 08-Apr-16 07:44:40

his name is simon

BillBrysonsBeard Fri 08-Apr-16 07:59:38

It's just a house spider, let it gooooooo! grin I have several who have parked up in my light fittings catching midges, very helpful little chaps.

londonrach Fri 08-Apr-16 08:07:03

Simon is outside playing with his friends now. Slightly disappointed its only a house jumped very high compared to its size!

TheoriginalLEM Fri 08-Apr-16 11:56:46

is this Simon?

acasualobserver Fri 08-Apr-16 12:15:49

Sets fire to house!

MrsDeVere Fri 08-Apr-16 12:21:13

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PurpleCrazyHorse Fri 08-Apr-16 12:27:00

We had a house spider in our old flat that ran so fast you couldn't see it (or maybe it jumped). Either way, I had to anticipate where it was going to end up to catch it. Really freaked me out.

LittleLionMansMummy Fri 08-Apr-16 14:36:50

OK I'm showing arachnid ignorance here but do UK spiders actually bite? And if so, is it venomous (I mean I know we have no fatally venomous spiders in the UK, but this talk of biting has made me wonder what a spider bite looks/ feels like)?

CockacidalManiac Fri 08-Apr-16 15:19:40

I like to send spiders to Rainbow Bridge.

whatsbehindthegreendoor Fri 08-Apr-16 15:49:08

House spiders do bloody bite! My husband didn't believe that the reason I have such a massive fear of spiders is because one bit me when I was a child (after my brother threw it at me!). Served him right when he went to remove one for me and it bit him - actually I don't mean served him right because he's bloody brilliant at doing that job because there is no way I would be able to stay in our home if one was in here at the same time! He now believes that they bite!
Although, I think he was more annoyed that he didn't turn into Spiderman!

Salmotrutta Fri 08-Apr-16 16:28:53

Yes, some UK spiders do bite.

Isn't the Recluse Spider one of the biters?

olrose Fri 08-Apr-16 16:47:58

this is definitely called an 'OMG AHHHH' spider, i have come across similar ones before

MrsDeVere Fri 08-Apr-16 17:43:32

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Dollymixtureyumyum Fri 08-Apr-16 18:50:37

I ended up in hospital after being bit by a house spider. I had an allegic reaction and was in for two days on a drip

DropYourSword Fri 08-Apr-16 19:10:34

LittleLionMan apparently ALL spiders are venomous! Just most of them don't have strong enough teeth to break our skin. So I've heard.

TheoriginalLEM Fri 08-Apr-16 20:12:31

You are right, all spiders are venomous and they all bite. Thankfully nothing really nasty in this country. The False Widow and Tube webs are about as bitey as they come and they do give a nasty bite, but most people will end up with a bite like a bee sting, although the FW can cause some nasty reactions. Neither of these spiders are indigenous species. The house spider and the wolf spider also have a bite on them but they are pretty unaggressive and generally only bite if squished.

Thankfully no recluse spiders here - their bite is NASTY and causes skin necrosis, although strangely often doesn't hurt and people don't know they have been bitten until their skin starts sloughing off They are a problem in america.

I have tube web spiders in my kitchen, they are fab, i don't have any flies.

Ironfloor Fri 08-Apr-16 20:23:13

Fuck, isn't spider season over?

ShowOfHands Fri 08-Apr-16 20:26:56

My neighbour was bitten by a ladybird and ended up in hospital.

ShowOfHands Fri 08-Apr-16 20:31:31

"When hungry, harlequin ladybirds will bite humans in their search for something edible. Ladybirds in houses, woken from dormancy by central heating, may bite people as there is no food available"

And you're worrying about spiders?

FinallyFreeFromItAll Fri 08-Apr-16 21:52:02

I have an invasion of those gits at the moment - I'm getting rid of 2-3 a bloody day! I don't have a dh to get them for me so I have to be the brave one sad.

I don't like killing spiders - they eat other nasties. Plus they are better than the bloody ants that keep getting in the lounge. They are also 100x better than the wasps nest we had inside a house wall previously.

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