Original article from Kent Live
Giant house spiders are set to invade homes across Kent this Autumn.
The large spider can give people a fright since they can run up to half a metre per second.
They often find a dark corner of the house to hide in, such as under the sofa or in the bath.
During the Autumn months there is a rising number of male spiders on the lookout for females, as Liverpool Echo reports.
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Males stay with their females for a number of weeks, mating multiple times before they eventually die, at which point they are eaten by their female.
According to FalseWidowSpider.org, giant house spiders can bite and due to their size, their fangs can penetrate human skin.
However, their venom is said to not be 'particularly toxic' to humans.
The spiders can be recognised from their long legs and dark hairy bodies.
They can be up to 1.6cm in body length, while their leg span is 7.5cm.
There are, however, easy things you can do to keep spiders at bay, such as mixing peppermint oil with water in a spray bottle, which you can then spray in corners of your home to deter the pests.
A TikTok user shared a hack and received rave reviews when she suggested spraying the solution on windows and doors.
She said: “For all of you that do not like spiders, this is a hack.
"You can put peppermint oil and water in a spray bottle. Spray it on the outside of doors, window frames – they'll stay out of your house."
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