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What are Spiders?

Spiders are predators and eat a wide variety of nuisance insects, small vertebrates, invertebrates and other spiders. This helps to reduce their numbers. Spiders are not insects but arachnids. They are closely related to mites and ticks. Each spider has eight legs, two body parts and fangs (chelicerae). Pedipalps are also used by spiders to make silk, to line burrows or wrap prey. These strong silk strands are also used by spiders to climb and mark their way to and from the nest.

What kinds of Spiders are there?

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Habitat & Behavior

Some spiders love moisture, so they can be found in crawl spaces, basements and other damp areas of buildings. Some spiders prefer dry, warm places such as attics, subfloor air vents and upper corners of rooms. They prefer dark places.

Thousands of spider species have been discovered around the globe. These arachnids are eight-legged and have two body segments. Three to four pairs of eyes are common for spiders. Although many spiders have poor vision and some species, like the jumping spider, have excellent vision.


They eat insects, spiders, and other prey.

Spiders don't have chewing mouthparts, and instead use digestive enzymes in saliva to digest prey before they eat it. A spider's gut is too small to allow them to eat large food particles. Although most spider species are predators there is one known plant-feeding species.


The egg sac is the mother of spiderlings. The molting process is repeated until spiderlings become adults. Many spider species have males that court females. Male jumping spiders, for example, perform elaborate dances in order to draw the female's attention. Males may be eaten by the female after mating.


Spiders can produce silk that is strong, elastic and adhesive. This silk can be used to create webs, egg sacs, and spider dwellings. Spider webs can vary in size and shape depending on the species. Some webs are funnel-shaped while others are orb-shaped. Others are funnel-shaped. While some spider species prefer to live in burrows over webs, others prefer to be free-ranging and seek refuge in crevices.

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Spiders Frequently Asked Questions

Are spiders dangerous?

While there are many species of spiders, the vast majority of them are not dangerous to humans. In fact, most spiders are beneficial to humans because they eat other insects that we consider pests.

That being said, there are some species of spiders that are venomous and can be dangerous to humans. Examples include the black widow spider and the brown recluse spider, which are found in some parts of the world.

If you are bitten by a spider, it is important to identify the species of spider if possible, and seek medical attention if you experience any symptoms such as pain, swelling, or difficulty breathing. However, it is worth noting that spider bites are rare, and most spider bites do not cause serious harm.

Do I have a spider problem?

Here are some signs that you may have a spider problem:

  1. You see spiders regularly in and around your home.
  2. You find spider webs in various locations, such as in corners or in the rafters of your home.
  3. You find egg sacs, shed skins, or other signs of spider activity.
  4. You are getting bitten by spiders.

What attracts spiders to my home?

Spiders are attracted to a variety of factors, including:

  1. Food sources: Spiders are predators and are attracted to places where they can find prey, such as other insects. If you have a lot of insects in your home or yard, it could attract spiders.
  2. Dark, secluded areas: Spiders like to hide in dark, secluded areas, such as corners, behind furniture, or in basements. If you have a lot of clutter in your home, it could provide hiding places for spiders.
  3. Moisture: Some species of spiders are attracted to moisture and may be found in areas with high humidity, such as basements or bathrooms.
  4. Warmth: Spiders are cold-blooded and are attracted to warm areas. They may be more active in areas of your home that are warmer than others.
  5. Outdoor vegetation: Some species of spiders are attracted to outdoor vegetation, such as bushes or plants, where they can find prey.

How can I get rid of spiders?

If you are concerned about spiders in your home, you can take steps to reduce their presence. For example, you can remove clutter from your home, keep your home clean and well-ventilated, and seal up any cracks or gaps in your home's walls, floors, and foundation to keep spiders from entering. Additionally, you may want to consider contacting a pest control professional for further assistance.

What can I do to prevent spiders from coming back?

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