Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Spider app launched by ecologists

Spider in Da House will help identify 12 of the most common invaders frequenting homes during autumn mating season

The Guardian, Tuesday 16 September 2014 16.39 BST

As the annual invasion of eight-legged males entering British homes gets underway, ecologists have launched an app to help people identify common house spiders. 

Autumn marks the mating season for spiders, leading to reports of male spiders wandering into homes in search of a mate as early as August.

This season is already shaping up to be a bad one for arachnophobes, according to Prof Adam Hart, an entomologist and ecologist at the University of Gloucestershire and one of the creators of the app, Spider in Da House.

“This year has been seemingly a good one for the invertebrates which spiders are feeding on, and it’s quite mild out there. My prediction is that there’s going to be a reasonable amount of activity of house spiders this year,” said Hart, who admits himself to being scared of spiders.

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