Giant spiders warning for Derry homes

Derry musician Paddy Nash found this spider in his home
Derry musician Paddy Nash found this spider in his home

Huge numbers of giant spiders are creeping into homes across Derry in search of a mate.

Experts have warned that this year there could be a record number of the eight-legged beasts - which can measure up to 12cm in length - due to the fact that the summer has been wetter than usual, and mild.

Stuart Hine, a spider specialist from the British Natural History museum said: “This is mating season. The males when they are mature will leave their webs in search of a female spider, so off they go on their little trek to find love.

“In doing so they stop feeding so they don’t actually live that long as an adult and they’re just sort of roaming around.

“They can give you a nip if you pick them up, but they are not harmful to humans.”

Derry musician Paddy Nash shared this pic of the huge spider he came across at home - “Holy s**t. Biggest spider I ever seen. Moves like a cheetah and all. Bathroom has been cordoned off and the house put up for sale,” he wrote on Facebook.

We’re in search of the biggest house spider in Derry.

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