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As spider season looms many Brits are prepared to catch-and-release their friendly neighbourhood spider, or even leave it to live in their house

The stuff of nightmares for some, cuddly pets for others. Whatever your opinion, millions of spiders are busy finding their way into UK homes as the weather turns cold.

Most Brits say they won’t be killing these eight-legged lodgers, and two in five will even give them a fighting chance by releasing them back outside.

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Another one in five (22%) say they are happy to just leave the spiders where they are – regardless of the potential impact on their love life

Men are more likely to be happy to leave spiders be than women, by seven percentage points. And women were also much more likely than men to say they would get someone else to deal with the spider, by a ratio of 5 to 1.

Younger Brits are the most likely to hand out the death sentence for arachnid intruders, with almost a quarter (23%) saying they give no quarter when it comes to dealing with spiders.

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