Pest Spotlight: Spider Facts
Learn more about this eight-legged insect
Spiders are eight-legged arachnids that spin silk into webs in order to catch their prey — usually small, undesirable insects like crickets, gnats, moths, beetles, mosquitoes — just to name a few. Although spiders are often feared by humans or seen as a nuisance, they serve a beneficial role in our world by keeping insect populations in check. We’ve all seen spiders crawling around our houses, but how much do we really know about these “pests?” Read on to learn a few interesting spider facts.
- Spiders are arachnids, not insects. The difference is that arachnids have two body segments while insects have three.
- The fear of spiders is referred to as “arachnophobia.”
- Female spiders can lay as many as 3,000 eggs at a time.
- Spiders exist on each continent, with the exception of Antarctica.
- Baby spiders are known as “spiderlings.”
- Female spiders are usually larger in size than their male counterparts.
- Spiders have eight legs, each with six joints. That’s like having 48 knees!
- Contrary to popular belief, not all spiders spin webs. Some jumping spiders merely lay in wait before they pounce and attack their prey. All spiders do spin silk, however.
- Spiders don’t get caught in their own webs because of a special oil on their legs.
- Spiders do not feed on humans. They usually only bite humans when they’re feeling threatened or territorial.
- Spiders have tiny hairs on their feet that allow them to climb so well, including some smooth surfaces.
- Spiders cannot eat solid food. They use their venom to dissolve and liquify their prey for consumption.
- The black widow and brown recluse
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