This article sums up the frustrating number of stories being banded around on social media of giant house spiders invading our homes this autumn. Goodness knows how we would deal with real dangerous animals in this country, for example if we had not hunted wolves and bears to extinction. Millions of people live in countries with poisonous spiders and they have learned to live alongside them without so much fuss.
If I sound like a spider hugger, like I said, I’m not. But I do think we need to suppress the impulse to yell “KILL IT WITH FIRE!” and to post endless pictures of the monsters found in the bath and under the bed. (Metro, I’m talking to you. The Daily Star, I’m talking to you. The Daily Mail, you too). After all, the spiders we see at this time of year are mainly house spiders. We need to take spider scare stories with a pinch of salt, instead of burning down our houses or shutting schools through unnecessary fear, which is what has happened in the past, and is quite likely to happen again.