From nursery rhymes that delight and fascinate young children, to scary horror stories that evoke fear, spiders have always played an important role as pop culture references. Boasting an impressive resume of leading and supporting roles, spiders weave their webs into many major movies, the most popular of which is Marvels Spiderman franchise. Even though these action packed movies are more about the stunts and computer graphics, Spidermans strengths are based on the real features and traits that spiders actually possess, which indeed make them truly amazing creatures.
As intimidating as spiders may seem, they are actually shy creatures that tend to retreat if you advance on them. In rare cases when there is close human interaction, the few spiders that are considered dangerous such as the Black Widow or Brown Recluse, can prove fatal if you are bitten, but most spiders are harmless and will not bite. Not to be confused with insects, spiders are Arachnids with all spiders having 8 legs and 2 distinct body regions. As much as our natural instinct is to get rid of any spider that we encounter, it is important to understand the benefits that spiders provide as they prey on undesirable insects and pest species, making them natures own biological vacuum.
If you suffer with a true fear of spiders (Arachnophobia) it may not comfort you to know that there are at least 40,000 different species of spiders that exist. All spiders have venom and are therefore considered venomous, but most are still relatively harmless to humans. While the sight of them will make you go in the opposite direction, there are so many fascinating traits to these eight legged creatures:
Although most of the spiders we encounter are harmless, its a good idea to acquaint yourself with the more common varieties in the event that you do cross paths with them in your home.
|Type of Spider||Appearance||Where to find it||Get the bug spray?|
|Common House Spider||
||Basements, garages, under furniture, around windows and near lights.||The common house spider poses no real threat and is more of a nuisance.|
||Around windows, doors, fences, decks and bushes.||If threatened, the jumping spider can bite in defense, but their bite is not dangerous.|
|Long-bodied Cellar Spiders||
||Dark, damp places like basements and cellars. High humidity areas like sink cabinets, bathtubs, inside closets||No real threat as these spiders do not bite.|
|Brown Recluse Spider||
||Under woodpiles, debris, inside storage areas, baseboards, closets and attics.||The brown recluse will bite in defense often leading to a painful bite and associated fever, sores and restlessness. Requires immediate medical treatment to avoid allergic reaction.|
|Black Widow Spider||
||Found in boxes, around woodpiles or firewood and lower level areas.||Female black widows can be aggressive if they are guarding recently laid eggs. A bite from a black widow can lead to high blood pressure, nausea and fever.|
Even if were inclined to bring out the spider décor at Halloween time, the rest of the year should be kept spider free if possible. The sighting of one or even two spiders may indicate that there is an infestation brewing and should be attended to right away to avoid the problem getting out of hand. To help reduce the possibility of spiders entering and staying in your home, there are a few preventative measures you can take: