Leicester is the SPIDER capital of the UK with more species than anywhere else, ...

1) Giant House Spider 

Size: Up to 12cm wide

Habitat: Most commonly found in sheds and gardens.

Appearance: Typically dark orange, brown or beige.

Doe they bite? They do possess potent venom and can bite, but don’t usually pose a threat to humans.

The giant house spider is most commonly found in sheds and gardens and is typically dark orange, brown or beige

The giant house spider is most commonly found in sheds and gardens and is typically dark orange, brown or beige

2) Zebra Jumping Spider

Size: Up to 8mm

Appearance: Distinctive white and black markings.

Habitat: Found on external walls, as well as indoors, where they will enter through open doors and windows.

Do they bite? Yes, but like most spiders are more likely to run away from larger prey.

The zebra jumping spider is found on external walls, as well as indoors, where they will enter through open doors and windows

The zebra jumping spider is found on external walls, as well as indoors, where they will enter through open doors and windows

3) Cupboard Spider

Size: Up to 10mm

Appearance: Can vary slightly from dark purple, to brown to black.

Habitat: As the name suggests, usually found in cupboards inside out buildings and houses.

Do they bite? Yes, but they are not usually aggressive and the bites themselves have minor symptoms.

As the name suggests, cupboard spiders are usually found in cupboards inside out buildings and houses. They do bite but the bites themselves have minor symptoms

As the name suggests, cupboard spiders are usually found in cupboards inside out buildings and houses. They do bite but the bites themselves have minor symptoms

4) Daddy Long Legs 

Size: Do vary in size, but can reach up to 45mm

Habitat: Lives in a variety of habitats, including forests, meadows, caves, and wetlands.

Appearance: Bodies are round or oval in shape, and of course have trademark long legs.

Do they bite? Rumoured to be the most venomous invertebrates in our houses, there are actually no cases of the spider biting a human and causing long-lasting damage.

The Daddy Long Legs is rumoured to be the most venomous invertebrates in our houses

The Daddy Long Legs is rumoured to be the most venomous invertebrates in our houses

5) Money Spider

Size: Smallest in the UK growing no more than 5mm

Appearance: In most cases they have grey or black bodies, although some do have distinctive markings.

Habitat: Usually found in low growing vegetation and piles of leaves.

Do they bite? These spiders are considered so harmless to humans it is believed if such a spider is seen running on you,

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