I need some quick help to identify a spider. We found 3 of them already in our flat what never happened before. It would be quite important as we are just expecting a baby in a few weeks time and the spiders are around the baby's room.
This is a mature male example of the Noble False Widow spider and 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.
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.
For less shocking and hopefully reassuring information on False Window spiders please see the following links, and let me know if you still have concerns.
Hi- Many thanks for both letters, that is very helpful. We live in our current flat for 4 years but this autumn is the first time we found them and as we had not seen them before they were a bit scary as they are quite big.