Scared of spiders? This year the spiders in the Netherlands are looking enormous!

Spiders in the Netherlands

Okay, so I’m guilty of reading a few clickbaity articles about how there will be more enormous spiders in the Netherlands this year because of the prolonged heat and lots of flies and mosquitos around to eat. I didn’t want to believe it, but it does make total sense. I’ve seen a couple of huge ones already, leading me to literally cry my eyes out until it was removed. But for Sheena, the giant-spider-in-the-house-day arrived.

Bat or spider?

I’m part of the Facebook group Expats in The Hague and her post caused quite a stir when she asked if what she found in her home was some monster spider or a bat.

spiders in the Netherlands
Source: Sheena/ Expats in The Hague

I happened to see it when it first went out and me and my partner were trying to work out which one it was. Us, along with most others said it must be a bat (I mean it MUST be, right?)

If you can’t cope with the sight of giant spiders, look away now. 😉

This was swiftly followed by another post from Sheena…

spiders in the Netherlands
Source: Sheena/ Expats in The Hague

It was a spider! In the end with the help of the expat community (who named him Steve) and who were completely understandably freaking out about the whole situation, she called the dierenambulance in case it was a dangerous or rare spider. Everyone was hoping it was at least one of the two, so we can be ensured it’s not a normal thing, but according to the dierenambulance, it’s a regular ol’ spider. They picked him up and put him back outside.

The spider, Steve, was not around to be interviewed unfortunately, so we aren’t sure where his next destination will be. All we know is that spiders like this do exist and for all of us terrified of them, we can only hope that Steve and his friends don’t wander into our safe space (you hear that, Steve?)

Have you spotted any big spiders in the Netherlands already? Let us know in the comments!


Cover pic source: WikiCommons/Ciar

Emma Brown
Emma Brown
A familiar face at DutchRevew. Emma arrived in Holland in 2016 for a few weeks, fell in love with the place and never left. Here she rekindled her love of writing and travelling. Now you'll find her eating stroopwafels in the DutchReview office since 2017.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Related posts

Latest posts

17 unforgettable things to do in Leiden in 2022

Albeit small and charming, there are loads of things to do in Leiden. As one of the most beautiful cities in the Netherlands, it...

Dutch gas prices break yet another record, cabinet calls for higher wages

On Tuesday, gas prices in the Netherlands reached an all-time high, testing the limits of millions of Dutchies’ wallets. Luckily, the cabinet is seeking...

3 weird Dutch food ‘things’ that will make you cry/laugh

Since we've run out of puns to make on the Dutch weather, it's time to tackle some other gems of the lovely culture here...

It's happening

The latest Dutch news.
In your inbox.