Types of Spiders
- Brown Recluse
- Black Widow
- Daddy Long Legs
How do I know if I have an infestation?
It’s pretty easy to spot a spider problem. You’ll see them in your home and around the outside of your home. If you have a serious problem there will be more than the occasional spider. Be mindful of how many and how often you see them.
What do they look like?
- A Spider can have 8 legs and most have 6 eyes. There are a few species that have no eyes at all.
- They do not have bones but instead a tough skin to protect their outer skeleton.
- The exoskeleton of the spider has tiny hairs called setae. These are for sensory purposes.
What kind of colony do they create?
They don’t often build a web and stay in it with their young or other adult spiders. Though some species do create colonies, most males simply mate and move on, leaving the female to care for the eggs. If they male survives the mating process, he may live to mate a few more times. The female will either carry the eggs around with her on her back or wrap them in silk and drag them along behind her. They are either anti-social like the widow variety, or they get along in a cooperative relationship as they hunt and share food together.
What do they eat?
Unlike some movies would have us believe, spiders do not eat people. They do, however, eat insects and sometimes other spiders. Larger spiders can handle lizards, small snakes, frog, fish and even small rodents. A very few types are vegetarian, eating only pollen and fruit.
- Antarctica is the only continent where spiders do not live.
- Though they’re big and creepy looking, most tarantulas are not a threat to humans.
- A web isn’t called a “cobweb” unless it has been abandoned.
- The Giant Huntsman spider has a 12 inch leg span.
- Arachnophobia is the unhealthy fear of spiders.