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The most common spiders in the UK

The most common spiders in the UK

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Spiders are part and parcel of everyday life, same as spider pest control, provided for residents and commercial properties on a daily basis. Whether you like them or not.

Spiders of all sizes can appear in our homes and our gardens, and the good news for us here in the UK is that they don’t cause too much of an issue. 

Want to know more about the most common spider species right here in the UK? You are about to find out which spiders are dangerous, which spiders bite and also if you need to be afraid of a spider infestation.

Here is some more information about some of the spiders that you are most likely to see and some that are probably lurking about without you even realising. You might also want to check our other articles on how to get rid of spiders naturally.

Giant House Spider a.k.a Daddy’s Long Legs

One of the fastest spiders in the UK is the Giant House Spider. They can run as fast as half a metre in a second, which can look pretty terrifying if you spot one on your carpet or wall.

They are most commonly found in your home in the Autumn months and will be hiding under the sofa or perhaps in the bath. They have large brown bodies and long legs and huge leg span, which is where they get their name from.

Cellar Spiders

One of the most common spider types in the UK has to be the Cellar Spider (or the Daddy Long Leg as it is often known). These are the thin, spindly spiders that you are most likely to see hanging out in the corners of your home.

These spiders will spend most of their time entirely still and motionless; however, when they sense that there is something in their web, they will come to life and spring into action.

Lace Web Spider


If you look carefully at the walls of your home, then you may find the Lace Web Spider. They are smaller than others on the list, at only 15mm long, but they are more common than you may realise.
They often come into your home in the colder weather or when it has been raining, although they are more often than not outside dwelling spiders. Their web is made from fine silk, which has an almost wool-like texture.

Money Spider


How often have you found that you have a money spider on you? The chances are that you have, and compared to others on the list; you haven’t felt too frightened. Of course, this could be down to the fact that they are linked to some good money news, but this also could be down to the fact that they are only a few millimetres long.
Money spiders like to live in plant pots and long grass and have a glossy brown body that is easy to spot.

False Widow Spider

A spider that has seen an increase in media coverage of late is the False Widow Spider. It is a common misconception that they are dangerous to humans, but this is not the case.
They do get a name for themselves because they can bite you. However, these will only cause you minimal irritation. That said, if this does continue for some time, then it is wise to speak to a doctor.
You can tell a False Widow Spider because they have white markings on their back; they are also brown in colour.

Cardinal Spider

When it comes to giant spiders, the Cardinal Spider is right up there. They can grow to a rather terrifying 14cm, which means that they are not the type of spiders you will want to see in your home.
This spider can be found living in walls, and they have a reddish-brown body. For the most part, they will not bite a human; however should they feel threatened, for example, by you poking around in their home, they could bite.
They are rather impressive spiders and can live for months without eating.

Orb Weaver Spiders

Thanks to its eating habits, one spider that we love to have around are the Orb Weaver. These are usually spotted in your garden in the Summer months and can grow to as much as 8mm long. They spin a large orb-shaped web, where their name comes from, which is the ideal way to catch all the flies they love to eat.

buzzing spider

The name Buzzing Spider is because the males will vibrate on leaves to attract a mate. They are most likely to be found in the South, where they will hide away in trees or shrubs.

crab spider

One of the most common spider types in the UK has to be the Cellar Spider (or the Daddy Long Leg as it is often known). These are the thin, spindly spiders that you are most likely to see hanging out in the corners of your home.

One fascinating fact about Crab Spiders is that they jump on the back of their prey when they are hunting, and they pierce them from behind, almost like a crab using its pincers.

No matter the type of spider you find living in your home or your garden, there is a good chance that you will want to find a way to get rid of the pest safely. Of course, you can always just go about it the old-fashioned way, but if you are worried about it being a much bigger problem, then you could always speak to AccuRAT’s expert in pest control for London and Surrounding Areas.

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