As all arachnophobes know, there is nothing scarier than a spider. But a close second is all those things that you see out of the corner of your eye that you think are spiders but aren't. Of course, by the time you realise, you've already screamed blue murder and scaled the bookshelf to get away from the eight-legged creep. Here's our list of things that give us unnecessary panic attacks - even though they look nothing like spiders!

Still, you can't be too careful... Stay on high alert, people!

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1. Hair bands

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You can never find one when you need one, and that’s because the job of a hairband, other than securing a ponytail, is to lurk in corners, spooking unsuspecting arachnophobes by pretending to be spiders. True story.

 

2. Tomato stalks

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You know you’ve just made a cheese and tomato toast…and you know you left the top bit of the tomato on the counter top. Yet when you return to the kitchen after lunch, it’s miraculously turned into a humongous spider.

 

3. Cable ties

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Often found in corners. holding the wires together. You know what else is often found in corners? Yep, you guessed it. Ban these spider imitators immediately.

 

4. Knots in wooden flooring

Wood plank texture backgroundMonday: Argh, what’s that dark thing on the floor over there? It has to be a spider! Oh wait, it’s just a knot in the laminate flooring. Tuesday: Argh, what’s that dark thing on the floor over there? It has to be a spider! Oh wait, it’s just a knot in the laminate flooring. Wednesday… You’re better off with carpets.

 

5. Cotton threads

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You’ve just sewn a button back on your cardi. The snipped-off end of the cotton always ends up on the floor, scrunched up to look like…you know what. One of those horrid ones with spindly long legs. Shudder.

 

6. Dust bunnies

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One of these, plus a small breeze, has threatened many a heart attack for arachnophobes. Dust bunnies have the ability to scuttle along EXACTLY like spiders. A good reason if we ever heard one for vacuuming more often.

 

Have we missed any spider-lookalike culprits? Let us know in the comments box, below!