10 Things You Didn’t Know About Spiders

Many of our customers are squeamish about spiders. At Critter Control® of Tampa, we believe knowledge is power. The more you know about spiders, the safer you’ll feel.

Spiders: Nature’s Insect Patrol
Most people know spiders trap bugs and sometimes moths in their webs. Tampa SpiderSpiders also drink the blood of these insects, quickly and effectively killing them. This prevents insect overpopulation and may protect you from summer nuisances like mosquito bites.

Silky Spiders
When most people think of spiders, they think of webs. However, not all spiders spin webs. Some simply spin silk.

Have Legs, Will Travel
A spider always travels with four legs on and four legs off the ground.

Hold the Blood, Please
Although most spiders eat insects, there’s one mostly vegetarian spider: the Bagheera Kiplingi.

Collaborative Homebuilding
Hummingbirds and spiders often work together to ensure the hummingbird has a secure home. Hummingbirds use web silk, sticks, and other materials from spider webs to build their nests.

Five More Great Spider Facts

  1. Spiders have blue blood; their oxygen molecules are bound to hemocyanin rather than hemoglobin.
  2. The Goliath spider is the world’s largest spider. It can grow up to 11 inches wide and feeds on frogs and lizards.
  3. The spider is an arachnid, not an insect.
  4. The Patu Marplesi, the world’s smallest spider, is so small that 10 of them can fit on a pencil.
  5. The word “spider” comes from the Old English word “spithra,” meaning “spinner.”

Spiders are great to have around and are an important part of our ecosystem but if you’ve found them in your home, you may have an infestation on your hands. Give the experts at Critter Control® of Tampa a call today at 813.948.0870 with any questions.