Eurgh! Your pictures of sex-crazed spiders as they invade our homes for mating season

Picture by Cath Kennedy.
Picture by Cath Kennedy.
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We've all been warned that it's spider mating season - and these scary pictures show that we need to be on our guard.

Now that the autumn has arrived, it means that the eight-legged critters who've hidden away all year are coming out into the open.

Picture by Tasha Gotts.

Picture by Tasha Gotts.

So we asked you to show us the biggest spider that had made itself at home with you - and there were some corkers!

Why sex-crazed spiders the size of mice are invading our homes
The creepy crawlies have certainly been out and about in the North East since September struck - and you were quick to tell us just what you thinking of the awful arachnids.

Writing on our Facebook page, Danielle Bellfield said: "Killing a spider makes the spider genetic pool sneakier and more deadly.

"You'd be killing the ones out in the open, being all obvious and stuff, so they'd be unable to spread their 'being obvious' genes around while the ones that stay hidden in the shadows are allowed to propagate and make a whole bunch of little sneaky deadly baby spiders.

Picture by Flossy Kelly.

Picture by Flossy Kelly.

"Just a thought for next time you think about killing one."

But don't despair, there are ways to keep the spiders at bay!

Our reader Linsey Ellens shared some tips with us on social media for getting rid of them, and added: "Peppermint oil and water in a spray bottle on all door and window frames and corners of all your rooms. They hate it. Of course if some are already inside your house you're snookered."

Picture by Donna Marie Cross.

Picture by Donna Marie Cross.

Picture by Deborah Chaytor.

Picture by Deborah Chaytor.

Picture by Jacqui Lamb.

Picture by Jacqui Lamb.

Picture by Deborah Chaytor.

Picture by Deborah Chaytor.

Picture by Kelly Boyce Lowson.

Picture by Kelly Boyce Lowson.

Picture by Hayley Holland.

Picture by Hayley Holland.

Picture by Jordan Molloy.

Picture by Jordan Molloy.