As September progresses, a spider’s mind turns to love and making baby spiders… lots and lots and LOTS of baby spiders.

False Widow spider

False Widow spider

This month millions of spiders will be scuttling into homes up and down Britain looking for mates. However, lots of people do not welcome their invasion and given the recent news about the increasing number of deadly venomous species making their homes in the UK, they are right to be cautious.

But, as if by magic, an app has appeared to assuage every arachnophobe’s fears. The Society of Biology is launching the Spider In Da House app, which has photos, identification tools and a raft of information which will help people to identify and learn about 12 of the most likely house guests they are likely to see this Autumn.

Black House spider

Black House spider

Adam Hart, a professor at the University of Gloucestershire, said: “By eating flies and other insects, spiders are not only providing us with a pest control service, but are important in ecosystems. They often feed on the most common species, preventing a few species from becoming dominant. We want to encourage people to respect and learn more about their little house guests.”

The Spider In Da House app is available from Google Play and the Apple App Store.