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4 Reasons Not to Kill That Spider

Updated on September 26, 2012

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.

They’re clean:

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.


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      Sean Lin 2 months ago

      Ain't got any spider in my house haha!

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      Peter Geekie 4 years ago from Sittingbourne

      Spiders are a complex benign almost primeval creature which benefit man. We have this tendency to fear that we cannot understand.

      Kind regards Peter

      Voted up and interesting.

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      Mikal Smith 4 years ago from Vancouver, B.C.

      :-( Well, at least I got you thinking about them.

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      torrilynn 4 years ago

      great hub but I am still going to kill spiders haha well not as much i just don't like them at all. anywho nice hub and interesting. voted up.

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      Mikal Smith 5 years ago from Vancouver, B.C.

      Luenisse, I suppose I should have called this hub "4 Reasons Not to Kill that House Spider."

      If the spider is threatening and can casuse you harm it may be safest to kill it. It doesn't sound like the spiders you encountered were of the house spider variety. Even to me that sounds like a scary spider.

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      Luenisse 5 years ago

      I live next to an area that is practically a forest. I have had many encounters with these spiders that are really fast, and they jump. And when I say they jump I mean it. One actually almost jumped on top of me. Usually I don't bother spiders. But these ones are not afraid of humans and do not mind getting close and personal. What can I do?

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      Mikal Smith 5 years ago from Vancouver, B.C.

      Kris - I like that poem! Thanks for sharing!

      CM - My brother is terrified of spiders. No amount of good-natured info could stop him from doing anything but screaming and bolting to the other side of the house when he sees one.

      tipstore - maybe show her this hub?

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      tipstoretireearly 5 years ago from New York

      I always say "spiders are our friends" since they control bugs around our house. My wife hasn't bought it yet, but I keep trying. Good hub!

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      CMHypno 5 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      I never kill spiders and put them out of the house, even though I know that they will come straight back in. Spiders seem to be one of the most primal and deep-seated phobias along with snakes, and people with arachnaphobia are genuinely terrified

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      KrisL 5 years ago from S. Florida

      Voted up

      Reminds me of the Issa haiku

      Don't worry spiders

      I keep house