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Would you kill a spider?

The beginning of autumn marks the start of “spider season”, as arachnids enter homes to find a warm space to mate and so begins the annual age-old debate: should spiders be killed or captured and released outside?

While arachnid experts suggest that house spiders should be trapped under a glass and freed rather than killed, many of us can’t stand sharing our homes with these 8-legged creatures.

London Zoo’s senior invertebrate keeper Sam Aberdeen said: “Spiders are a vital part of the global ecology and also reduce the numbers of flying insects in our homes and gardens, some of which can carry human diseases.”

“You can gently remove a spider that has strayed into your home this autumn by placing a glass over it and sliding firm paper or card underneath to form a seal, before taking it back outside and setting it free.”

Experts say that keeping your house clean and tidy is more effective at deterring spiders than common home remedies including peppermint oil, as they have not been scientifically proven.

Mr Aberdeen said: “It’s often said that conkers deter spiders, but it’s just not true.”

“Similarly, though they will keep your house smelling lovely and fresh, there is no scientific proof that essential oils such as peppermint, tea tree or lavender will keep spiders away either.”

Some species live alongside us in our homes year round, we are just more likely to notice them now, as they seek out mates and reproduce.  There is also an influx at this time of year as they are attracted by the warm dry environment of our homes – coupled with the tendency to keep windows open as the weather is still relatively mild.

So if you are able to cope with them, spiders are very useful to have around the home as they will capture and eat insect pests and generally keep out of the way, preferring the quiet life in a dark corner.

Tell us how you cope with spiders in your home.  Do you capture and release or do you kill them instead?

Would you kill a spider?

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Kath19
4 days ago
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I have a real fear of spiders. I can actually vomit as they upset me so much. I really hate them.
Felix1
6 days ago
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I would like to say no, but hold my hands up.
marionscott
6 days ago
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i would never kill one have lots in the house , i get annoyed with their webs all the time but soon brush them down
janesaston
6 days ago
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I let them be in my house. They are not doing any harm. My grandaughter has named them too
TracyC98
16th Oct 2019
1
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If you want to live and thrive, let the spider run alive !!!!
shelaghworsnop
16th Oct 2019
2
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It's the legs! But I always put them outside. If I see one outside I always have a close look at it as there are some really prettily coloured ones.
Polly12
16th Oct 2019
2
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I used to be terrified of spiders when I was younger - but now that I am approaching my sixties I realise they are just looking for a safe place to live ! I now just let them be and take it as a compliment if they choose my house to live in !
Raindrop
12th Oct 2019
2
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I hate them but If they are outside I don`t bother them and they don`t bother me, but if they dare to enter my nice clean home then they`ll suffer the consequences. I cannot live with them sorry.
Pendle Witch
12th Oct 2019
4
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If a spider is in 'the wrong place', just move it somewhere more suitable. Do not kill it, it is one of God's creatures after all.
dementedgranma
11th Oct 2019
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We have very big spiders coming in our house at the moment, we capture them under a glass and release them outside.
At the weekend we caught two massive spiders and put them in a box and drove them to where we were going and released them there, only to find another one last night.
Is it true they keep coming back if you release them ?.
VeraS
11th Oct 2019
2
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Why would you want to there are easy ways to remove them without hurting them
evince
11th Oct 2019
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I recently watched a large spider run across my room, checked on google and found it to be a Giant House Spider, can't say I've ever seen one before. I let it live.
Alicia
11th Oct 2019
2
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Yes, I hate them and they give me the creeps!
page
7th Oct 2019
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spiders are part of the chain of life and have an important role to play in the success of our living planet....They are useful in our homes as they clean up after us. Clearing away all the dead skin that we shed,dust holds many serious microbes that cause disease to us and the spiders cleaning up prevents us getting illness..They may look creepy but they are harmless in the UK.
Alfred6
6th Oct 2019
4
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NO..i would not knowingly kill anything.I appreciate that each being..is unique...Imagine....in tiny /small creatures..the perfect super miniature components that make up that creatures are so,so minute in relation to their size...yet function perfectly to give the creature a perfect working life...so by killing it..one must be aware of destroying perfection in miniature...(or otherwise)....those tiny hearts..lungs organs etc.just because we have an un-natural fear or phobia about them....Good job the roles are not reversed....then we as people,may understand the fear that they must have about us too.........
AlanFerns1
4th Oct 2019
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Scottish House Spiders don't keep out of the way, preferring the quiet life in a dark corner. at least ours don't,(could just be a general Scottish attitude to life thing) we have a spider the kids have named Spencer who often walks around our lounge while we are all in the room , I reckon he has figured out we aren't daft enough to kill him as he more than earns his keep killing flies, bugs etc.
Yodama
4th Oct 2019
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Depends on the spider, house spiders or harmless spiders are put outside with tender loving care. When it comes to venemous spiders, it is a case of survival, I would kill it.
ChristineB67
4th Oct 2019
1
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Don't particularly like spiders but wouldn't ever kill one, just cover with a glass and slip a piece of card or paper underneath and put outside (hoping that it won't come back in again!)
ChasBt
4th Oct 2019
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Why kill them? If you live in a place where a bite can be fatal I can understand the caution around them but most of us only see the less dangerous type. No need to kill them.
JeanL17
1st Oct 2019
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I sprinkle obias oil around the house to deter spiders, it works.
ArchieUK
1st Oct 2019
4
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Put them back outside or just ignore them
DonnaL71
1st Oct 2019
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I was bitten by a brown recluse, and I have been paranoid about spiders ever since!
Wilf
30th Sep 2019
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Why would anybody want to kill a spider(or anyone of gods other little creatures?). They don't hurt us and are part of the natural world. My view is we should encourage them. They have been around 400 million years (I just checked on Wikipedia) -We should leave them alone and be happy to share our lives with them.
Lionel
30th Sep 2019
2
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I don't know why anyone needs to kill a spider. Nor why such a fear of them has developed.

Generally they're harmless, useful and really quite unobtrusive so why kill them?

Watching a young puppy laying on the floor with a big spider advancing on it is quite funny. I think it's the only time I've seen their back hair stand on end as in cartoons.
Wilf
30th Sep 2019
3
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As always I totally agree with you Lionel-I love them. So clever with their webs all carpeting the hedgerows.

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