You’re probably going to find hordes of giant daddy long-legs in your home over the next couple of weeks. Thanks to more humid weather, their population increased over the summer. Now it’s getting cooler, they’re heading indoors to mate and lay eggs.
Entomologist Barry Warrington says: ‘It is definitely a bumper year this year, simply due to the nice weather. It has not been as cold, there is a lot more for them to prey on. People will start to see them even more in the last couple of weeks as they head indoors for warmth, shelter and to find a mate.’
A young mum thought she was going to lose her leg after getting bitten by a spider in The Crown and Horseshoes pub garden in Enfield. She spent several days in hospital after her leg doubled in size, turned black and yellow and became covered in blisters. She believes the bite was from Britain’s most venomous spider, the false widow.
Toxic caterpillars took over west London this summer. Usually found in central and southern Europe, the oak processionary moths are covered in 62,000 long hairs that can cause irritation to the skin, eyes and throat of humans and animals. *Coughs*. A spokesperson from the Royal Botanical Gardens in Kew has revealed that 1,000 of the critters’ nests were found, an increase from 145 in 2005.
Ah well, at least they’re not SUPER ANTS!