‘Tis the Season…of Spiders

September 21st, 2012 by ecoelite

Spiders in SeattleWold Spider

Once the end of August arrives in the Seattle area, the spiders seem to come out in full force and usually grace us with their presence until sometime in November.  To many, spiders are the “ickiest” of all the bugs out there.  One of my favorite websites about spiders is The Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture.  There are so many myths about spiders out there and the Burke museum offers some great insight into which is fact and which is fiction.  Here are some of very interesting facts that they list about spiders:

 

 

  • Unless you are sleeping on the basement floor, a spider might wander onto your bed as often as twice a year.
  • Spiders have no reason to bite humans; they are not bloodsuckers, and are not aware of our existence in any case.
  • Skin bumps and sores noticed in the morning are generally caused by non-bite disease conditions. Currently MRSA bacteria are among the leading causes of alleged “spider bites.” The minority that are really bites are caused by bloodsucking insects such as fleas, bedbugs, kissing bugs, lice, or assorted flies; less commonly by mites or ticks. Genuine spider bites in this situation are possible, but very rare.
  • House spiders are thirsty creatures living in a very water-poor environment, and any that venture near a sink or tub with drops of water in it will try to reach the water, often by climbing down a wall. Once in the slick-sided porcelain basin, they are unable to climb back out unless a helpful human “lends them a hand.”
  • Here’s a great link about the Hobo Spider (Hobo Spider).
  • The moral of this is, if you see a spider bite you (an event of once-in-a-lifetime rarity), or any other biting or stinging creature for that matter, save the specimen for an arachnologist (and only an arachnologist!) to examine. Don’t give it to someone who knows nothing  about spiders (such as doctors)