Embrace th­ese su­perb in­sects

Macclesfield Express - - WILDLIFE -

SPI­DERS are back in the news again, it’s time for some arachno­pho­bia as house­hold­ers through­out the north west go into a blind panic.

First of all it was the false widow spi­der, now it’s the common, gi­ant house spi­der which has be­come the tar­get of the na­tional me­dia.

Ob­vi­ously it is bad news when a child re­acts badly to a spi­der bite which ap­pears to have been the cause of the prob­lem here – ex­perts be­lieve.

But th­ese al­ler­gic re­ac­tions are few and far be­tween.

I do ad­mit they are get­ting to be a more reg­u­lar oc­cur­rence.

Any­way since that one story there have been pic­tures of spi­ders, blown up mas­sively, to ter­rify the na­tion.

Do you know there are 14 types of spi­der in the UK that can bite you!

I’m not sur­prised they bite as most hu­mans are too keen to squash the poor lit­tle beg­gars.

I re­mem­ber my niece pick­ing up spi­ders when she was tiny. Now she won’t go near them.

This is common where it is in our cul­ture to be scared of spi­ders rather than embrace them for the good work that they do.

The gi­ant house spi­der can give you a nip if you pick it up.

So the an­swer is don’t pick it up. If you re­ally want that creature out of your house pop a jar over it and slide a bit of pa­per un­der­neath and carry it out­side.

Just a tip while you are do­ing this – take a close look at how na­ture has cre­ated this su­perb in­sect.

It has a beau­ti­ful black de­sign on its brown, furry back which is prob­a­bly a ‘don’t touch’ warn­ing.

It has eight long legs, which reach a peak about this time of year and two mean-look­ing fangs at the front.

It can grow up to three inches long, which looks pretty big when it is charg­ing across the floor look­ing for cover.

It will stick to its web gen­er­ally, but it needs to stretch those long legs when it is look­ing for a mate.

It is not keen to meet mankind be­cause we are about 25 times its size.

Of course if you clear your house of spi­ders you can’t re­ally com­plain when you have an in­fes­ta­tion of flies or other beast­ies. To support the work of he Wildlife Trust for Lan­cashire, Manch­ester and North Mersey­side text WILD09 with the amount you want to do­nate to 70070. The Wildlife Trust for Lan­cashire, Manch­ester and North Mersey­side is ded­i­cated to the pro­tec­tion and pro­mo­tion of the wildlife in Lan­cashire, seven bor­oughs of Greater Manch­ester and four of Mersey­side, all ly­ing north of the River Mersey. It man­ages about 40 na­ture re­serves and 20 Lo­cal Na­ture Re­serves cov­er­ing acres of wood­land, wet­land, up­land and meadow. ThetTrust has 26,000 mem­bers, and more than 1,200 vol­un­teers. To be­come a mem­ber of the Trust go to www. lanc­swt.org.uk or call 01772 324129.

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