This spider has lived under our window sill for the last two years. He seems to be most active at night as I assume is normal? I can get more images as he is out every night! I have also included an image of his tunnel shaped entrance to the crack by the window. His main web is really a tangled mess, he has no web in the traditional "cobweb" sense. My girlfriend is sure it is a False Widow and that he must be removed but I dont want to move him or destroy his web without a reason. There are more images here: http://s129.photobucket.com/albums/p235/xshortx/Milky%20Joe/
Nice photos! It's a False widow spider, Steatoda nobilis. There's more info on these spiders on the Museum's website:
Thanks for sharing,
Thanks for the fast response! Would you say we should leave it there or is it best to remove it? I dont want to disturb him but if there is a chance of it biting one of our small neices I would prefer to remove it.
I'm not a spider expert, so I don't know about its behaviour. But as far as I know, spiders bite only when you handle them or when you accidentally touch them. How likely is it that your nieces will handle spiders? They move mainly by night and stay hidden by day. But if you want to be extra safe, catch it with a plastic jar and release it somewhere far away from your home.
All the best,