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Why there's no need to wince at ingenious spiders

Editor's Viewpoint

It is that time of the year again when shrieks are commonly heard in homes across Northern Ireland – and not always from the female occupants. The cause of the alarm is those pesky eight-legged invaders, spiders.

And it seems that not only are the spiders increasing in number as they seek somewhere comfortable for the winter, but also in size.

Of course they will do us no harm, but when one scuttles into view from behind the skirting board, common sense goes out the window in many instances and they are hunted down. In fact, they are not an enemy, but a friend, helping to keep down the number of flies which are more unhygienic visitors.

All a spider will do is create one of the most marvellous, but unappreciated, feats of engineering – its web.

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