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ONE of the most common spiders to take over UK homes during spider season is the daddy long-legs spider.

This is what you need to know about the critter with particularly long legs.

What are the different types of daddy long-legs?

There are different types of daddy long-legs spiders which you might come across.

Pholcus Phalangioides

This daddy long-legs has a pale yellow-brown colour and is also known as the skull spider.

The females' body length tends to be 8mm while the male ones are smaller.

The length of the spider's legs is on average five or six times the length of its body.

This spider preys on other species alike, particularly the dangerous redback spiders.

They are not only harmless to humans but their silk is sometimes used in medicine.


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The cellar spider also forms part of the pholcus species.


This kind of spider has an oval shape with a hump.

They are rarely found in the UK as their habitat is in Mexico and the United States and sometimes in South America too.

The one species that you might encounter is the Psilochorus Simoni, which was nicknamed the wine cellar spider.

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It's because the spider is normally found in wine cellars.

When it is not crawling across bottles of wine, it is making its way through garden centres and greenhouses.

Smeringopus pallidus

This is a common type of daddy long-legs which is found in cosmopolitan areas such as London.

Males are smaller than females who can have a body length of up to 7mm.

It has a cylinder shape with purple spots over the surface.

They will be found in the dustiest and darkest corners of your house, so make sure to clean those well.

Are daddy long-legs poisonous?

Daddy long-legs spiders are not poisonous.

Some used to believe that they are because they can kill the redback spiders, but this is all just a myth.

While they do have venom glands, there is no scientific evidence which shows that the poison is harmful to humans.

How can I keep daddy long-legs out of my home?

Firstly, you should always try to prevent them from getting inside.

You can do so by keeping the bins outside and closed and at a distance from your entryways.

You should also seal any cracks which you might have in your windows and doors.

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Keeping plants trimmed around the house is another good idea so that the spiders do not have a place to hide and lay their eggs.

Some of the products which proved to also work against spiders are peppermint, eucalyptus, lavender and vinegar.

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