Found this spider yesterday in my kitchen. It's been very peaceful for over a month high up in the corner of the kitchen ceiling. Last night it decided to venture on to my worktop. Not sure what it is but the markings are spooky ;-). Would be grateful if someone could identify it for me. Thanks in advance.
This is an immature example of the Noble False Widow, Steatoda nobilis, the species principally implicated in the recent media reports. That said there is no need to panic as this is not a 'deadly' spider by any stretch of the imagination.
They are known to bite and generally this is no worse than a wasp sting; however, although regularly reported the likelihood is still very low. You are still far more likely to be stung by a wasp.
My rule of thumb is that I am happy with these living in my garden or on the outside if the house, any found setting up home indoors, or wandering males, are tipped outside.
For less shocking and hopefully reassuring information on False Window spiders please see the following link:
Could you tell me where you have seen this by forwarding a grid reference or post code to me at firstname.lastname@example.org as it is valuable to know where these are being found so we can get a better picture of the current UK distribution of this species.
Thank you for your reply, it is very much appreciated. I'm not sure what to do with it as it is inside a large plastic beaker with a lid. I'm guessing it's pretty annoyed. I do not wish it any harm but must admit that I would be very nervous to remove the lid to set it free, is there anyone I can call or take it to. Also as you state it's 'immature' would there be a chance of more in the same place? There is a small hole/crack near where it originally was in my kitchen? Thank you again for your help.