Common Spider Myths Debunked

In a world full of dangerous and openly aggressive animals, the irrational fear of spiders still makes for one of the most common fears amongst humans. Yes, spiders are creepy and they have so many legs and eyes, but they deserve more love from us than they are getting. Or, do they?

Well, this article is not about the fear of spiders and the top ten tested-and-tried home remedies to overcome it. It is about some of the “facts” you may have heard about the creepy crawlies that could be bizarrely adding to your fear of them. Read on for five of the most common spider myths and misconceptions and all the truths they are conflicting:

There is always a spider three feet away

If you live in a spider infested home, anything is possible; you could be housing a family of Long-Body Cellar Spiders in your pants. But if you are, say, enjoying a view of England’s capital from the London Eye, chances are you are some 350 feet away from the nearest spider.

There is a whopping 35,000 named species of spiders in the world and it is not all that far-fetched to think you are within a few yards of one, but the whole belief is totally unfounded. If you keep sighting spiders in your home, do not seek solace in this myth. Instead, get a Mesa Spider Control expert to inspect your home for a possible infestation.

There are spiders in your hair

There is no doubt that your hair is stunning, but spiders can find a better place to set up home. The myth that humans unconsciously house spiders in their hair started in the 50’s when the beehive hairdo was in style. Women who wore this hairstyle combed it less often and that led to the belief that it provided the perfect conditions for a nearby spider to build a home and move in.

You swallow spiders a few times a year

While there is scientific basis for this myth, it barely happens to anyone and the origin of it is pure madness. So, apparently, in 1993, a woman named Lisa Holst wanted to demonstrate how easily people can believe things they read on the internet. She created a list of ridiculous “facts”, this one about an average human swallowing around 8 spiders a year included, and put it in circulation via email. The rest, as they say, is history!

All spiders spin webs and live in them

First of all, spiders do not live in webs. The webs are there specifically to help the critter trap insects to eat, so don’t think you are destroying a spider’s home by brushing its web off the wall. That is the equivalent of setting a deer hunter’s tree stand up on fire.

Secondly, not all spiders spin webs. Some will burrow into the ground and build a trapdoor just at the mouth of their hideout. The spider will then hold the trapdoor shut using its claws while it awaits its prey.