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Central Okanagan resident spots spider she's never seen before in West Kelowna

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October 18, 2020 - 9:23 AM

An Okanagan woman says she is seeing an increase in the number of spiders and has found one she has never seen before.

Lana Donaldson recently found a jewel spider outside of Glenrosa Middle School in West Kelowna and posted about the spider in a well-known Facebook group.

She said she’s been seeing an increase in spiders this fall, and said other residents have also been finding spiders they don’t normally see.

“Now that the weather is getting colder they are coming indoors to settle for winter. That makes many people, including us, uneasy wondering if these critters hiding in our house are aggressive and will eat us in our sleep,” she joked.

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Residents may be seeing more spiders this fall as autumn is the time that most are looking for a mate, according to Schendel Pest Services.

“This is true for house spiders as well. If you are seeing more spiders inside your home, it is unlikely that they came in from the cold. It is much more likely that they have been hiding out in your wall voids all summer but have now ventured out into your common areas looking for a mate. Once they mate, chances are, they will go back into hiding,” the pest service said. 

According to the Electronic Atlas of the Wildlife of British Columbia, there are 859 species of spider confirmed in the province.

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