Many of us cower in fear at the thought of a spider. If there is even an inkling that the spider might be dangerous, we run screaming the other direction looking for the nearest broom to take the spider out. There are many feelings out there about spiders; some are misconceptions. This got me thinking... Why are people so afraid of spiders? Here are 10 reasons:
1. Their Fangs!
Spiders have two major weapons at their disposal, their fangs. If a spider so chooses it can literally sink its teeth into you. Many people keep spiders as pets. Tarantulas, who can have fangs as long as 2.5 inches, are a common household pet. The tarantula’s bite isn't any more poisonous than that of a bee sting, but still is very painful. When a tarantula is getting ready to bite, it lifts its four front legs. Those fangs in combination with that threatening stance are definitely intimidating and grab at a person’s sense of fear.
2. A Spider’s Poison Can Kill
Many people fear spiders because of their poison. In reality there are very few spiders with venom lethal enough to kill humans. The two most poisonous spiders to humans are the Brown Recluse and the Black Widow. Even the poison of these two spiders would have a hard time killing an adult. Mainly young children and elderly people are susceptible to more serious consequences from these bites; otherwise, bites from these dangerous spiders can easily be medically treated.
Yes, spiders are gross to even look at. All species of spiders look different, but we can definitely agree that they are all ugly. Some have thick legs, while some have thinner legs. They can be hairy or bald. Their buggy little faces give most of us the heebie-jeebies! So how can you get close enough to kill something if you can’t even stand to look at it?! Just, time haunting questions of the universe, I guess.
4. Sneaky Spiders
Spiders can move swiftly and quickly to avoid the sandal’s smash. From there, they hide in places people can’t reach or even see. The trick is to spot it and out sneak it. However, spotting a spider when you’re asleep is difficult. This can give us nightmares, and an unrelaxing night’s sleep. This paranoia is a huge factor to a person’s sense of fear. The fear is that this tiny creature is smarter and sneakier, and this can really perturb some people.
5. They Can Attack!
Most people see spiders as predators, and while a spider is a hunter, it definitely does not spend its off-time sniffing out humans. While there are some jumping spiders in existence, they’re definitely not harmful to people. These jumping spiders live mainly in tropical environments.
Most spiders among people are not aggressive at all. The two most harmful spiders, the Brown Recluse and the Black Widow, are non-aggressive and in reality are very shy. They cannot jump and will definitely not hunt out people.
6. Shape & Color
Spiders also have angular shaped legs that we as humans are wired to fear. Their legs and also their dark color are a spider’s natural defenses. Their unpredictability and visible difference causes human fear.
7. Too Large or Too Small
Spiders are so different and vary dramatically. This unpredictability raises the fear in all of us. Some spiders can be extremely large. The Goliath Bird-eating Spider is the largest spider in the world. Its leg span is about 12 inches, which is about the size of a dinner plate. Along with the massiveness of this giant, spiders can also be extremely small. Spiderlings can be really small, even microscopic, yet they look exactly like a full grown spider, leaving the human mind to wonder just what a spider’s size can really be.
8. Babies, Babies, & More Babies
Spiders seem to produce spiderlings endlessly. Many spiders can produce hundreds of eggs at a time. The creation of these new spiders can be as quick as a few weeks. After those baby spiders hatch, the mother spider is back at it again, creating more weapons of mass destruction.
9. Weapon Two: Webs
We've all had those nightmares, getting stuck in a giant web and getting our flesh sucked away by a nasty spider. While it is true that many spiders can produce silk webs, only about half of the species of spiders in the world can produce silk. All other spiders use different tactics to catch their prey. Regardless of the tactic, no spider technique is threatening enough to people. While a web may be nasty and scary, it is definitely not strong or sophisticated enough to ensnare us… well, maybe just ensnare our fear.
10. Again, They Bite!
All things spider are scary, but in the end, their bite is definitely the scariest thing about them. While not many of these bites are lethal, they are painful. Some of the world’s largest spiders can pack unfortunate punches. Most household spider bites will cause an itch at most, but you can’t help compare those little critters to their powerful cousins found all over the world.
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