Are you ready for the long legs?

The Daddy Longlegs Invasion

Not only do we have the spiders moving into our homes but get ready for the invasion of 200 billion daddy longlegs.

So, what exactly are they?

The Daddy Longlegs is actually a large type of cranefly, of which there are 94 species in the UK and over 10,000 around the world.

Is it true that the Daddy Long Legs spider has the most venomous bite

According to the University of California at Riverside, the daddy long-legs spider has never harmed a human and there is no evidence that they are venomous to humans

What does a Daddy Longlegs eat?

They have a very broad diet that includes spiders and insects, including plant pests such as aphids. Daddy-longlegs also scavenge for dead insects and will eat bird droppings.

How can you identify one?

The adult Daddy Longlegs is a brown, long-bodied insect, with translucent wings and very long legs, which easily fall off if handled.

Where are they all coming from?

These bad-boys are a non-native species, and they come in from the trading points down the south, in areas like Dover and Kent.

How long have they been around for?

It is believed daddy longlegs split off from scorpions, which were becoming terrestrial about 435 million years ago. To put this in perspective, this is about 200 million years before dinosaurs appeared, which were only around for about 165 million years.