- Fantastic Team
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9 Weird Spider Facts That Will Blow Your Mind
Spiders – no matter if you find them fascinating or hate their very existence, one is probably building a new home in your bathroom, as you are reading this article.
At some point, most likely while you were removing a huge web from your living room’s upper right corner, you’ve started to ask yourself questions like: “Hmm, how do spiders end up in my house?” or “Do they really eat other spiders?”. Well, if you happen to have more of those in your head, you are at the right place – Fantastic Services has prepared a list of the 9 weirdest spider facts you’ll ever read!
- The bigger the city, the bigger the spiders
- Setting a house spider “free” can kill it
- House spiders are scaredy cats
- Some of them come from the outside
- They don’t travel by plumbing
- Not all spider bites are dangerous
- Cannibal species do exist
- There are those that like to munch on their own web
- All spiders lay A LOT of eggs
The bigger the city, the bigger the spiders
Ladies and gentlemen, you’ve read it here first – the bigger the city you live in, the bigger the spiders that you are going to see. Basically, it’s an evolution thing. Like every species on this planet, arachnids also adapt to their environment. A few studies have shown that spiders that live in more populated areas, with a lot of concrete surfaces, tend to be on the heavier side, which is definitely not good news for all of you Londoners out there. But then again – a big spider could never be compared to a London rat.
Setting a house spider “free” can kill it
Those of us who are more tender-hearted tend to avoid killing, well, anything, but have an especially soft spot for spiders. You know how the story goes – you find this lonely spider behind your sofa and you are thinking: “I’m going to save you, little guy, don’t worry!”. You grab a glass and you “free” the critter by throwing it in the garden. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but chances are that every time you’ve thought you “saved” a spider by returning it back to nature, you’ve ended its life. You see, most house spiders have never seen the outdoors and can’t survive it, because they’ve hatched in your home. Two put it simply – you not doing the spider a favour by placing it outside.
House spiders are scaredy cats
You know how house spiders try to “attack” you when you cross their way? Interestingly enough, the creature is actually trying to run away from you, but most of them have really bad eyesight and can’t properly detect motion or light/dark differences. The initial reaction of most spiders is to find a dark place to hide. And do you know what is the first thing they see? Your shadow. It’s quite funny when you think about it – a little spider going into a few blown panic attack, screaming for its life, and there you stand, thinking, that it’s trying to eat you whole.
Some of them come from the outside
As we mentioned earlier, most spiders you see wandering around the house have hatched in some dark corner in your basement, however, this doesn’t mean that all of them are “locals”. Sometimes outdoor spiders lose their way and end up in your living room. The most common one you’ll see is the wolf spider, which despite its name, is quite harmless. It’s bigger in size, compared to your typical daddy long-legs spider, and it looks, well, fluffy. Needless to say, if you spot a wolf spider in your house, placing it outside we’ll be best for the creature.
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They don’t travel by plumbing
We’ve all witnessed the terrifying sight of a spider climbing out from a bathroom drain. Most people think that this is actually how you get spiders in your house. The truth, however, is that arachnids like to drink water and drink A LOT of it. What happens is that the 8-legged creatures get thirsty and decide to go for a sip of water, they land in your porcelain sink, and then can’t get out. So, no – you aren’t a victim of the famous plumbing spider army.
Not all spider bites are dangerous
They are actually only a few spider species on this planet that can cause you harm. Most spiders that you’ll find in the UK won’t attack you, and if by chance, they do, the bite won’t lead to any health complications. It isn’t as dramatic as becoming Chelsea’s friendly neighbourhood Spider-man – the worst that can happen is for you to get a rash.
Cannibal species do exist
Yup, you read this right – there are spiders that like to eat other spiders. Creepy – we know. It’s mostly seen during mating season and the whole ritual is quite fascinating. So, before mating with a female spider, the male should bring it’s ladyfriend a present – a silked wrapped fly. Romantic, right? If the male spider doesn’t bring the female a gift, she will reject him on the spot. But get this, if he brings one, and she still cuts him off and tries to attack the poor guy, the male spider can use the present as a shield. Nature is weird.
There are those that like to munch on their own web
Spiders aren’t wasteful creatures – they like to recycle their homes. You see, most arachnid types need to build a new house every night, so what they do is they consume their old one to get the required amount of amino acids, that create the silk proteins needed for their webbing. So, if a web that used to be in the top left corner of your bedroom magically disappears, your spider friend hasn’t left the building – it just had a very full dinner and changed its location.
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All spiders lay A LOT of eggs
When we say, a lot, we really do mean it. The average lady house spider can lay hundreds of eggs, if not even thousands of them. After spiders mate, they keep their eggs in numerous sacks, which contain a frightening number of baby spiders, ready to infest your house.
Do you have a spider problem in your home?
So, we found out that the spiders in your home won’t eat your head, while you sleep. However, having them running around your house still is not a pleasant sight. If you happen to have a serious problem with the 8-legged creatures, Fantastic Services is here to save the day. We offer professional pest control solutions in London that will rid your property of spiders for good. Our services are performed by trained pest controllers, who have a flexible work schedule and work with industry-grade products, so you rest assured that your home is in professional hands. Oh, and did we mention that our services are also budget-friendly. You can’t get more Fantastic than this. So, what are you waiting for? Book our professional spider control treatment now!
- Most spider species aren’t dangerous, but having them in your home is still not fun.
- You’ll find the tiny creatures close to damp areas in your house, due to their strong need for water. That’s the reason why you see so many spiders building their homes in your bathroom.
- A single female arachnid representative can lay thousands of eggs, so if you start finding more baby spiders in your home than usual, maybe it’s time to call a professional pest controller.
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