This spider was walking across the paving in the garden. I live in Essex, is it a false widow? It has little dimples on its back, walks very slowly, and has almost 'airbrushed' beige minute speckles on the sides of its body.
Many thanks, everyone here says I must kill it, but I'll take it down to the nature reserve nearby and release it. It does look a bit traumatised having been in captivity overnight, will it survive, or would it be more humane to put it out of its misery? I can't believe I'm asking this, it's only a spider, decisions decisions!
I'd treat it the same as you'd treat a bee? But it's less dangerous than a bee... and can't fly...or even run fast...and is scared of people. She's probably traumatised because she's had nowhere to hide, they like a bit of cover.
I'm sure she'll easily survive a night in captivity...they seem to survive months without food and can live for a few years.
There's no need to kill it, just let it go...I can understand not wanting one in the house but they are unlikely to be any problem at all outside.