All around the world spiders tend to get a bad reputation for being dangerous or terrifying, but how much do you know about this particular pest? You may be surprised to find out that most 'facts' surrounding these creatures are actually false. With over 40,000 types of spiders in the world, let's discover seven of the most common myths surrounding these eight-legged creatures.
Humans are a Food Source for Spiders
This is false; spiders do not use people as a food source. The normal food source of a spider includes insects, other spiders and, at times, small animals. One of the main things that spiders do not eat, however, are any plants. Although, in the last few years there has been a discovery of a 'vegetarian' spider that mainly eats plant buds.
Everyone is Always Within 3 Feet of a Spider
This particular myth has been around for quite some time. Dating back to 1995 by archaeologist Norman Platnick, who wrote "Wherever you sit as you read these lines, a spider is probably no more than a few yards away." Though there could be some truth in this statement due to there being more than 4,000 species of spiders in the U.S. alone, an individual's proximity to a spider all depends on that person's location. If they are standing outside on their lawn or in the woods, this statement is more accurate, though there is still no factual information supporting this theory.
Spiders Bite People Randomly
Many people who get a bug bite assume it is a spider, but these individuals may be surprised to find out these creatures do not bite humans at random and rarely in general. Unless they feel their life is being threatened it some way, it is very unlikely that spiders will bite humans, especially in the United States. To prove this theory, in an interesting study there were more than 2,055 brown recluse spiders caught over a six-month period in a Kansas home and to top it off 400 of them were large enough to administer envenomation in the people living there. Yet, no one was bitten.
Every Spider Makes a Web
Many individuals are at fault for assuming all spider species spin webs, although this is not true. The webs that are created by spiders are made out of silk, and the silk is used to help spiders capture their prey. However, only about half of all spiders species catch their prey with webs. The other half of spider species either wait for their prey to come to them or hunt and catch it themselves. Spiders that hunt for their prey include:
- Wolf spider
- Jumping spider
- Ground spider
- Sac spider
- Lynx spider and more!
Placing Spiders Outdoors When Found in Your Home is 'Helping' Them
It is common to find these eight-legged critters around our homes or businesses at all times throughout the year. Many of us think we are being kind by placing them outdoors when we find them. But did you know that putting them outside in our lawn or garden may be worse for them? Most of the spiders that are found in our homes have adapted to life indoors. By placing them outside, the odds of them surviving is very low.
Every Spider is Aggressive
This particular myth couldn't be further from the truth. Unless an individual is bothering a spider or they feel their life is being threatened, spiders do not pay attention to humans. Additionally, if a spider does happen to bite a person, the likelihood of it causing any real harm is extremely low. For the most part, spiders that jump, leap or are relatively large tend to be misunderstood and, in turn, terrify people.
Spiders are Most Common in the Summer
Although it is true that spiders are common throughout the warmer summer months, these pests are more commonly found throughout August and September and even until December. This tends to be due to a few big spider species such as orb weavers and house spiders becoming mature around this time. Since summer offers these critters low-moisture availability, this season tends to be their prime.
Spider Problems? Preferred Pest Control Can Help!
Though spiders tend to be terrifying to many individuals, they don't bring us any harm. However, they can be a nuisance to many homeowners and businesses. If you find yourself with a spider infestation on your hands, it is important to make an appointment with a pest professional immediately! For fast and efficient spider control, schedule an appointment online or call us at (515) 276-7277.