Tuesday, August 30, 2016

CANNIBAL SPIDERS Arrives UK: Ravenous Arachnids That Feast on Human Flesh in YOUR Home

BRITAIN'S households are about to be invaded by giant ravenous CANNIBAL spiders.

As millions of people cower at the sight of huge, hairy spiders sprinting across the carpet looking for sex, an even creepier crawly is taking over our homes – a with lust for flesh.

Arachnophobes will be left scared out of their wits by the sight of cannibal daddy-longlegs spiders hunting for easy meals in toilets, bathrooms and even under our beds.

Only last week, the nation squirmed as videos of huge house spiders began to emerge on the web as perfect summer conditions created a bumper harvest of two scary species: Tegenaria Saeva and Tegenaria gigantea.

With legs spans the size of a man’s palm and entries in the Guinness Book of Records for their fleet-running – they have been clocked at 1.18mph – both species top the list of nature’s most frightening intruders into British residences.

Those same warm, moist conditions that have sent the house spider numbers soaring this summer are about to create an epidemic of their nemeses – deadly daddy-longlegs spiders.

For many, these wispy-legged arachnids are even more frightening with their pea-size bodies and long, gangly legs that can stretch three inches across.

They are also capable of spinning vast, skin-tingling webs that dangle from ceilings.

Yet what will really strike terror is the way these spiders are arguably the most determined natural assassins lurking in our homes.

As male house spiders start their invasion of suburbia in late summer to seek out females to breed future generations, daddy-longlegs spiders cunningly tiptoe behind looking for juicy meals.

The way daddy-longleg spiders – sometimes known as cellar spiders or, under its scientific name, Pholcus phalangioides – feast on other invertebrates, particularly large house spiders, has made them one of the most revered and studied creatures by scientists.

Experts at the British Arachnological Society describe how daddy-longlegs spiders have spread across the country in recent years because of the way central heating has made our homes more hospital for a species that has its origins in the subtropics.

Once they find a suitable residence, they really do make themselves at home, creating webs that are not just messy but also highly effective traps for their prey.

The BAS said: “The web of the daddy-longlegs spiders is an untidy tangle of non-sticky silk in which the spider usually hangs upside down.

“These webs are frequently found on ceilings in the corners of rooms or in little used cupboards and can be very large. One was reported as covering a square metre of ceiling.”

It also makes them efficient hunters.

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