Are you an arachnophobe?
Autumn is with us and at this time of year many more spiders find their way erroneously into our homes as they search for a mate. In Britain, practically all spiders are harmless, if you're human, so there's not much to fear really apart from the odd disturbing thought like "will it run up my nose in the night", "will I turn on the bathroom light and see something as big and as hairy as a monkey's fist", "what was that in the bananas", you know, that sort of thought.
Occasionally, exotic vistors do pop up but this is quite rare, so the chance of finding a funnel web spider in your shoe is pretty much non-existent.
But have no fear! Help is at hand. The Society of Biology has just launched an app called 'Spider in da House'. This is really about collecting information on Tegenaria — a form of hairy spider most often termed a 'house spider'. The Society is trying to collect as much data as possible from around the UK as, amazingly, there is still much to discover about even the animals that live closest to us. Through using the app, the scientists hope to enlist the help of the public in finding when and in how many numbers, these spiders roll up in our homes.
The app also contains information and pictures of many spiders and that should allow you to spot something unusual and tricky if you really are a confirmed arachnophobe.
If you'd like to find out more about the research and the app, click here.
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