Hi, I found this spider in my outhouse, was very dosile, didn't run or flinch much when cupping and removing..bit worried as my 2 year old plays in the outhouse and loves spiders unlike myself :-/ I'm from south east Uk
This is a very common spider in the S & SE of England, especially on the exterior of buildings & outhouses/sheds. It's Steatoda nobilis, one of the false widow species. Like all British spiders it is not dangerous, nor deadly. It does, however, have an unpleasant bite, but in normal circumstances this is very unlikely to happen (as you note, they are typically docile). Usually the spider is crushed against the skin in bite events.
Given your concerns about your 2yr old, you might feel better removing any from the outhouse, but bear in mind that as they are probably established in your area, they may eventually be replaced by new individuals. Though it is prudent to excercise caution, bees, wasps, peanuts are more of a worry, relatively speaking.
Sorry, no idea! I don't try to deter them.
If she is easy to catch, then removal makes sense. But, I tend to find if you have a predictable & sedentary, adult female established, she will tend to chase off others...they're very territorial.
She was very easy to catch, in fact she practically handed herself over!! Maybe she was old and dying! She was not in a web! I wished I wasn't petrified of spiders, I honestly do as I love all animals! But anyway thanks for all your help!!