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Jun 28, 2013 9:35 AM

What kind of spider?

Just found this in my house this morning... do I need to be worried? Or is it just a type of house spider? Haven't seen this one before!

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    Jun 28, 2013 12:54 PM (in response to bugphobia)
    Re: What kind of spider?

    It's a spider that is commonly found in & around houses but it is not the traditional "house spider" (Tegenaria species).


    Your spider is a male Steatoda nobilis AKA a false widow. I like false widows and have resident females around the home, but I would relocate the male outside, or to a shed/outbuilding. The females often set home in a web & don't venture far from that, but the males go a wandering and can end up in all sorts of places (had one living in my shower for a while...wasn't too comfortable with that).


    Don't panic though - whilst they can bite, they very rarely do & they are not aggressive and usually flee & hide when confronted.

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