According to entomologist Matt Bertone, despite popular theory, house spiders are actually not dangerous at all, and it can actually be super helpful house guests.
“I know it may be hard to convince you, but let me try: Don’t kill the next spider you see in your home,” he explains.
“Why? Because spiders are an important part of nature and our indoor ecosystem.”
In most cases, Bertone says, house spiders cling to their corners and are rarely aggressive toward their ‘landlords’.
House spiders eat the bugs that can be harmful to humans, such as disease-spreading cockroaches, blood-sucking mosquitoes, pesky flies, clothes-eating moths and earwigs.
Mother Nature Network writer Russell Mclendon says “Some people think of spiders as insects, lumping them in with six-legged invaders like roaches or ants.”
“Much like their outdoor relatives that eat crop pests, house spiders just want to quietly kill the insects that do covet our food.But they’re not insects, and they don’t want to raid our cupboards. If anything, they’re on our side. “
Spiders can also be perfect natural protection against garden pests like moths aphids and beetles.
If you or someone you know still suffer from arachnophobia, remember this, commonly found house spiders such as the long-legged cellar spider or “Daddy Long Legs” actually eat black widows!
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