Spider invasion - show us your beasties!

Huge numbers of giant spiders are creeping into homes across Ballymena and Antrim 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 and milder than usua.

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.

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“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.”

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