They have often been seen lurking in Britain, particularly towards the end of the year.
What do they look like?
Said to feast on other smaller spiders, cockroaches, bees, wasps and moths (as well as their own mothers!), this 6 eyed, thick haired, black bodied spider can be identified by its distinctly menacing and shining green fangs.
Ranging from 1.5cm – 2.2cm wide, these nocturnal spiders are one of the largest species of spider in the UK and Europe and although their bites have no long lasting effects it is said to feel like that of a bee sting with the pain lasting up to an excruciating 6 hours.
Where can they be found?
The feared tube spider can usually be found living on walls, fences and even the bark of trees. They get their name from their hunting technique, which involves creating a tube-like web in a crack or gap, usually between walls or houses, and waiting for their next victim to step into their trap.
What steps should you follow if you locate a tube spider?
When asked, Lawrence Bee from the British Arachnological Society said;
“With most spiders, the cardboard under the glass trick often works, but tube web spiders are fast little creatures so you’d have a bit of a job on your hands. They are not the easiest things to catch, so you’d have to be very determined. They won’t attack – they are not aggressive.”
If you are not keen on the idea of attempting to remove the infestation yourself, contact your local professional pest control company for help and advice.