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The male spiders are said to sample the silk that females leave behind when they've made a web to see if it's from the same species, so the advice to arachnophobes and anyone not wanting unwanted creepy crawly house guests is to dust and clean regularly to prevent them being attracted to your home.
Spider season's in full swing and I wonder how the arachnophobes among us - half of women and 10 per cent of men, because men are brave warriors without fear/don't admit they're actually cacking themselves (delete as you wish) - are managing not to have an epic meltdown on a daily basis.
The beauty of certain webs early in the morning with dew on them can't help but appeal even to arachnophobes, a topic dealt with in Chapter 9 entitled Spiders and Humans.
The spiders spinning down on me in that layout were not fun for this arachnophobe, but that was nothing compared to a pal's experience.
I'm sure they also produced many a juvenile arachnophobe.
An admitted arachnophobe for much of his life, Ehlen has nonetheless conquered his fear and collected lots of spiders, including a sample of the world's largest - a big, brown Goliath tarantula that's about the size of an outstretched human hand.
Now the former arachnophobe owns her own tarantula called Pandora and she's happy for it to crawl all over her face.
Arachnophobe Martine, of Kingswood, South Glos, said: "The spider's owner said there were two in the box but only one escaped - I don't believe him.
Environment reporter and arachnophobe MARY GRIFFIN hears we could be happier in our homes if we learn to appreciate our eight-legged friends.
It doesn't feel threatening in any way, even if you are an arachnophobe.
She said: "Up until about the age of 21, I was a huge arachnophobe.
He recently worked with an arachnophobe who burst into tears if a spider was in the room.
But Matt Hudson, a former arachnophobe, is sceptical.
AND The One Show going to the trouble of putting a blindfold and earmuffs on arachnophobe Claudia Winkleman so she could avoid a piece about spiders.
Just as we thought Natalie Appleton was the most phobic person in the world, in walked Vic Reeves, arachnophobe.
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