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4 Reasons Not to Kill That Spider
Most people are afraid of spiders. I get it, even though I think they are probably one of the coolest animals on the planet I totally understand that the way they look and the way they walk freaks people out. But read on before you judge that little guy on looks alone.
They are great pest control:
Spiders are not bugs, they eat bugs. All those nasty flies that get into your food and gross you out could be taken care of if you let that spider live another day to catch those bugs in it’s web.
Will you ever find a spider caught in your honey? No. Generally speaking they’ll leave your food alone. You are more likely to find them racing across the floor or sitting contentedly in a corner of the ceiling waiting for some yummy bug to happen across their web.
No harm, no foul:
That’s right: No harm. As much as you may find spiders creepy or even scary it’s not the common house spider that you need to be afraid of. We are more afraid of the inhuman way they locomote than of what they can actually to do hurt us. The fact is the worst thing a house spider can do is cause an itchy red bump on your skin but remember they don’t eat people, they eat flies. And to them you are enormous. Odds are they won’t go anywhere near you if they can help it. You pose a considerably greater risk to their livelihood than they do to yours.
The meaning of life:
Those spiders you find in your house actually evolved alongside humans. They can’t survive outside temperatures and they are made to eat the kind of bugs that drive you nuts inside your house. Over thousands of years agricultural humans who live in one location have shaped the evolution of this handy pest controller. They actually exist because we need them. Rather than crush them perhaps we should be thankful.
The fact is that humans and house spiders have evolved a symbiotic relationship that modern humans completely negate for one simple reason: because we think they’re icky. But we evolved this symbiosis to be mutually beneficial so leave that spider alone. She’s really just here to help.