Spider Expert is Trying to Convince People to Stop Killing the Spiders You Find at Home

After reading this, what will you do the next time you come across a spider in your home?

July 30, 2019
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(KNOU) - It's likely that the last time you saw a spider in your home, you tried to kill it. Well, there's an American spider expert that's trying to convince people not to do that.

Besides the potential to gain superpowers, the eight-legged arachnids are actually beneficial, says Matt Bertone, Extension Associate in Entomology, North Carolina State University.

In a piece for The Conversation, Bertone writes, "I know it may be hard to convince you, but let me try: Don't kill the next spider you see in your home."

Here are a few of the reasons he gave as to why: 

- Spiders regularly capture nuisance pests and even disease-carrying insects – for example, mosquitoes. 
- The majority of species have venom too weak to cause issues in humans if their fangs can pierce our skin at all. 
- Spiders are not out to get you and actually prefer to avoid humans; we are much more dangerous to them.
- The most common species we humans encounter are cobweb spiders and cellar spiders. Both build webs where they lie in wait for prey to get caught. They won't come after you.

Bertone also points out that bites are actually pretty rare, even from dangerous species like widow spiders and recluses.

So, how do you feel about spiders in your home now? What will you do the next time you come across one?

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