Lurk­ing mon­sters give you the creeps!

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

GI­ANT spi­ders are in­vad­ing homes across Mac­cles­field – and here’s the proof.

Read­ers have been send­ing in their pic­tures of eight-legged mon­sters snapped across the bor­ough.

It comes af­ter we re­ported how ex­perts had warned that gi­ant spi­ders would be on the look out for a place to mate af­ter a wet sum­mer.

And the bad news for Arachnophobes is that fe­males spi­ders head­ing in­doors can lay hun­dreds of eggs which could lead to po­ten­tial in­fes­ta­tions.

Reader Nick Old­ham found a spi­der in his spare bed­room at his home in Mac­cles­field and es­ti­mates its legspan to mea­sure six or seven inches.

Nick, who found it lurk- ing in the cor­ner of his spare bed­room, said: “Imag­ine the hor­ror on my son’s face when he spot­ted this Big Boy on his wall last night. It has been repa­tri­ated with oth­ers...at the end of our street.These things are se­ri­ously BIG!!!”

Sci­en­tist Chris Ayre reck­ons the Gi­ant House Spi­ders will flock to Bri­tish homes in a bid to find a mate and get out of the weather.

The spi­ders,

whose painful bite is sim­i­lar to a bee sting if it can pierce the skin, can some­times grow up to 12 cen­time­tres long.

See more of your pic­tures on our web­site mac­cles­field­ex­press.co.uk

●● Named Mr Skinny Legs, this spi­der was found in the bath and kept as a pet by Izzie Harmer’s three boys. Inset: This whop­per (left) was posted on our Face­book page by Jan Bowley and Nick Old­ham’s mon­ster (right)

●● Kris Clare said on email: “This bad boy chased my wife from room to room”

●● Jo Lang­ford used a ruler to show the size of this long-legged in­truder

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