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Spider expert says what not to do with daddy long legs

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Original article from Kent Live

A spider expert has revealed one thing we should not do with daddy long legs.

Many people conduct their own research during spider season as they try to discover the best ways to get rid of them.

According to the Wildlife Trust, daddy long legs are actually a type of crane fly and are commonly misinterpreted as spiders due to their long legs.

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An expert has now revealed why we shouldn't kill them despite many being fearful of them, as CoventryLive reports.

This type of crane fly is said to be completely harmless and, unlike other spiders, it does not bite.

Karl Curtis, director of reserves and community engagement at Warwickshire Wildlife Trust, said: "They are out this time of year because basically, they are hatching out of our lawns and various places – they live a lot of their lives underground as a grub, as a larva, and then what they do is they hatch out over the summer.

"Probably now is the last throw of the dice, and what they do is they come out and looking to mate, lay eggs back into vegetation and then they die off."

He added: "They often get confused with spiders but they're not, they're flies, they're really good food source for birds, they're really important to play their part so people should let them out their windows and not kill them."

Items such as fly sprays are bad for the environment and other living things, he warned, so should be avoided.

Mr Curtis also pointed out that crane flies, contrary to popular belief, are not poisonous and shouldn't be feared.

"The very long spindly spiders that you get in the corners of your room, they're called cellar spiders, those do pack a punch, but they are not dangerous to humans," he said.

Crane flies are said to be harmless

"[Crane flies] they're absolutely harmless. While the female has a point on the end of her abdomen, that's to lay eggs, it's not a stinger."

He went on: "The reason they come into the house is for warmth and they are attracted to light so if the lights are on in the house they come inside, and they hatch out in the darker hours to avoid being eaten by birds.

"They're not looking for shelter, they're out looking for a mate and then looking to lay eggs, they end up in houses because their favourite habitat is short grass and we have lawns."

The inspect helps to get rid of spiders, aphids, dead insects, fungus, bird droppings, worms and snails.

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