Please can you help me identify this spider and whether or not it is venomous. It was found in our back garden in New Malden, Surrey when I was clearing some weeds in October. My girlfriend thinks we are in some kind of danger and is ready to call the exterminator but I am convinced she's over reacting and that this is a harmless although admittedly scary spider.
Well, it's a Steatoda and if I had to guess I'd say S. nobilis, but not a well marked specimen. But there are others on this forum who are more familiar with them than me (I've never seen nobilis or grossa) and live alongisde them, so see what they advise.
I would agree with Jaguarondi and go for S.noblis as the legs look a little too chunky to be S.grossa.
However If you get any form of exterminator in all you will get is loads of B.S. and a rather large bill. I do live with these spiders and take no more precautions than picking them up in a wine glass and putting them outside.
There was some rather interesting negative press about these spiders this week. It was deeply flawed journalism even by the Sun's high standards that did not produce a culprit for the 'bite' that a man receved on his hand while working on his alotment that led to an infection in his upper arm. Just an assumption that it was a Steatoda noblis. The article was then tagged with a stock photograph of a very sorry looking S.Grossa typicaly mislabled as an S.noblis.
Tell your girlfriend not to worry and most certainly not to fill your house with noxious chemicals.