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Aug 1, 2011 10:40 AM

Can anyone identify this spider?

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Found in our kitchen and trapped in an upturned pint glass.

 

Is it poisonous or should we just relocate it to our (small - i.e. we could come into contact with it again) garden?

 

It is still very much alive (caught last night) and available for collection should anyone want it.

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    Aug 1, 2011 12:11 PM (in response to Ian)
    Re: Can anyone identify this spider?
    It's just a house spider, Tegenaria sp. There are about 3 UK species all widespread, and pretty harmless. (Nearly all spiders have poison but in most cases it shouldn't have much effect in the unlikely event of the spider biting a human. Tegenaria doesn't have a bad reputation in this regards))
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        Aug 1, 2011 1:14 PM (in response to Ian)
        Re: Can anyone identify this spider?

        No need to apologise. I'm sure it's a Tegenaria, but I can't give total assurance on the effect of its poison. On most people it wouldn't have much effect (I've come across one or two people who've been bitten). The NHM don't include it in their web page on spiders that can cause nasty bites - see http://www.nhm.ac.uk/nature-online/life/insects-spiders/identification-guides-and-keys/spider-bites/.

         

        However, just like a small minority of people are badly affected by bee or wasp stings, so some might react badly to being bitten by a house spider.

         

        If you let it free in the garden it will probably live happily under the shed without you being aware of it and even if you squash it there are probably plenty of others in your general environment.

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