Facts and myths about your favorite
Spiders are not poisonous (harmful to eat, breathe,
However, every spider is venomous (injects venom
through bite or sting), as this is how they break
down their food. Less than IX of spider species are
dangerous to humans.
Pet spiders have the ability to recognize their
Baby spiders are called spiderlings.
Spiders that live inside houses are often a different
species from spiders that live outside. Many indoor
species cannot survive outdoors. .',
The has the most potent venom
of all spiders, but its fangs can' t pierce human skin.
There are three species that can be termed Daddy-
and none of these species are remotely
dangerous. Only one of these species is a spider.
A harmless arachnid related to spiders.
The harvestman is not venomous at all. It does not
spin webs or have silk glands. There are no venom
glands in their chelicerae (fangs). Instead, the
chelicerae are use more like grasping claws. Its
only defense is excreting a fluid.
True spiders, but harmless to humans.
Cellar spiders are , but they are
virtually harmless. They are true spiders, known
for building cobwebs in high corners of showers
or cellars). Like all spiders, cellar spiders are
venomous, but their bite causes little more than
a mild, burning sensation
These are harmless insects.
mosquito hawk in some areas. Despite the
name, they do not eat mosquitos or bite
humans. They feed on nectar if they feed at all.
In their adult stage, they live only to mate, then
Myth: Humans swallow on average 2 spiders a year.
In 1993, Lisa Holst of PC Professional wrote about the absurd
things people will believe from their . She sent a
Joke email containing a list of ridiculous facts as an example.
ironically, the circulation this madeout tact actually spurred
this popular belief.
Myth: Spiders often bits people in the night.
The conspicuous, Itchy bites left an a person' s skin in the
morning are most often caused by parasitic
bedbugs. These Insects actually come to you when you' re
sleeping ON PURPOSE so they can drink your delicious blood.
Spiders have no reason to be in your bed at night, though one
or two may wander In during breeding season. E, -' i
Know what eats bedbugs? Spiders.
Myth: Camel spiders are giant, highly venomous.
and are known for chasing and screaming at ursus-
Again, these animals are not true spiders, but arachnids
related to scorpions. They are not venomous, and compared
with scorpions from the same habitat, they are relatively small.
Camel spiders don' t scream, as It has been claimed, but some
members of the species produce rattling sounds with their
chelicerae. Being desert animals, they often move to find
shade. Even if that shadow happens to be yours.
Myth: I don' t have bugs in my house. All I ever see
What do you think those spiders are eating? Parasitic and
insects have evolved to avoid human notice. Spiders
are usually more conspicuous because they make no special
effort to hide themselves from humans. They' re only designed
to hide from their prey, which usually has poor vision.
Recluses and Hobos
are still bad news-
Recluse and hobo spider venom can cause
localized necrosis (tissue death) in the area the
bite was received. In worst case scenarios,
without treatment, people have been known to
lose limbs to recluse bites.
Here is a map of where they live in the US:
It you' re stall reading this, consider yourself
informed! Next time you kill a spider, you know a
lot more about that gross puddle of goo at the
bottom of your shoe.
humans are scary.