Why You Shouldn’t Squish That Spider, Even If It Gives You The Creeps

People aren’t usually overjoyed to see a spider crawling around inside their home. Matt Bertone, an entomologist at North Carolina State University, says spiders are an important part of our indoor ecosystem and rarely a danger to us, so it’s best to just leave them alone. “They’re part of our environment and they get a bad rap in general. Where Are They Typically Hiding? In the corners, under things, they don’t like to be out in the open “So you’ll find them under cabinets, but also in places that they find other insect food such as in basements or in workshops, and places with humidity. Spiders Can Actually Help You, they will also happen to catch creepy crawly pests in home. You can see spider webs out in your lights to catch midges, flies or mosquitoes even catching other species of spiders. What About Bites? Spider bites in the home are extremely rare, “A lot of people wake up in the morning, and they have some kind of red bump on them, and they assume some spider bit them at night, but that was not a spider but something else that’s lurking in your room. Where spiders do bite might be because you stuck your hand in somewhere where a spider was resting or touched it by accident and it defended itself. So all in all, spiders are really not interested in biting you or even probably being near you……Ed

Source:NPR / Photo: Charlie Riedel

Posted in All Stories, Ed McMahon

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