Spiders are one of the most common insect species that will enter the home, and they’ve been with us for quite some time. However, despite this proximity, there are still many myths that surround these arachnids. Let’s take a look at some of these myths and dispel them.

Myth 1: Only spiders have eight legs

Spiders are part of the arachnid family that includes scorpions, ticks, and harvestmen, which all have eight legs, while the majority of insects only have six. This is important to keep in mind, because you might come across a tick and if you know that it has eight legs just like a spider, you can identify it more easily.

Myth 2: You’ll find the most spiders in late summer

This myth comes from the fact that certain species of spiders thrive during late summer, and these are the species that are most often around people. However, for most spiders, late summer is one of the worst periods of the year because of the low moisture environment. Spiders prefer fall and spring, with species in mild climates thriving during winter.

Myth 3: There is always a spider within three feets of you

This is a myth that was perpetuated through various media articles, some saying that spiders are within a few yards from you, while others claimed that microscopic spiders are living on you at all times. The truth is that if you are in a concrete parking lot, there won’t be a spider in sight, and if you are in a lush field, spiders might be right near your feet. To calculate an average distance between a human and a spider at all points in time is almost impossible given the complexity of the question.

Dealing with spiders

Having a better understanding of these arachnids can help us deal with them more easily. A spider infestation is never fun, especially if it’s large, or if you are dealing with dangerous species such as the black widow or the brown recluse, so the last thing we want is to add some extra confusion to the stress.

If you are currently dealing with spiders, and conventional methods do not seem to be able to get their population under control, contact us right away and we can help you remove the spiders and their nests from your home.