Spiders are arachnids, not insects.There are around 40,000 different species of spiders.
Other members of the arachnid family include scorpions, mites, ticks and harvestmen.
Spiders have 8 legs and do not have antennae unlike insects. They are found on every continent of the world except Antarctica.
The largest spider in the world is a species of tarantula found in South America where one specimen had a leg span of over 11 inches.
Two spiders can cause serious harm when accidentally disturbed — The Black Widow and Brown Recluse.
- Phylum: Arthropoda
- Class: Arachnida
- Order: Araneae
Spiders are predators that eat various other arthropods, usually smaller than themselves. Common preyinclude crickets, flies, bees, grasshoppers, moths and butterflies.
As a web builders, the nest is usually near places where insects will fly, like near flowers or moist areas. Some web spinners build their nest on the ground to catch walking insects and arthropods. A retreat area may be just off the web in a crevice, rolled leaf, or twig. Species that burrow into soil may situate nests under a log, rock or in a crevice. The jumping spiders do not make webs, but actively hunt for prey.
No matter how much they creep us out, spiders are the ultimate insect exterminators and work to keep the insect population in check by feeding on just about anything. In addition to reducing local disease-carrying insects, spiders also provide humans with other medical benefits as well barring a few venomous types of their species.
- The easiest way to keep pests away from your premises is to keep your home neat, tidy and free of dust or webs.
- Regular vaccuuming, dusting, and de-cluttering will keep any insects from making themselves at home.