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Is It Bad Luck to Kill Spiders? Facts and Symbolism

Updated on March 8, 2017
This spider in my garden really helps with garden pests.
This spider in my garden really helps with garden pests. | Source

I admit, I respect spiders, but I don’t want them crawling on me. I have a healthy fear of them in that sense, but I never like to kill them. I’ve always felt that if the situation was reversed — if a giant animal was out to squash me — I know I’d want to live.

This curiosity prompted me to look a little further into the world of spiders. Life as we know it could never be possible without their engineering expertise. Without a doubt, they are fascinating little creatures!

10 Spider Facts

  1. Spiders, along with other insects and crustaceans, are in the phylum arthropoda. They are arachnids and share this class with mites and even scorpions. Arachnids are so-called because long ago, a small girl named Arachne defeated the Greek goddess Athena in a weaving contest. As revenge, Athena turned her into a spider.
  2. Over 36,000 types of spiders have been identified to date. They exist all over the world, from the Arctic to Mount Everest. The one place you don’t find them is in the Antarctic.
  3. You can find them in nooks and crannies, on tree bark, in the forest, in the desert, and even walking on water.
  4. They range in size from .04 inches all the way up to 3 inches wide.
  5. They generally live from 1-2 years, although there are some species of tarantulas whose female members can live up to 20 years!
  6. Many spiders are content to feast on insects, some plants, and even dead animals. They much prefer to steer clear of giant humans.
  7. Many spiders are nocturnal. That is, they are most active at night.
  8. It is best to observe them from a distance. Interestingly, many homes have at least a few dozen spiders lurking around at any given time.
  9. Do you know why life wouldn’t be the same without spiders? We’d all be overrun by insects! The average spider eats about 2,000 insects in a single year.
  10. Spiders have been around for a long, long time. They existed at least 150 million years before the dinosaurs, according to fossil records. Fossils that are 380 million years old show evidence of spiders’ existence.

Hanging upside down. They have non-sticky fibers and they don't stick to their webs, but somehow they stick when gravity could otherwise pull them down.
Hanging upside down. They have non-sticky fibers and they don't stick to their webs, but somehow they stick when gravity could otherwise pull them down. | Source

Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.

— Chief Seattle, 1853

Every Spider Makes Silk

Every spider makes silk, but not all spiders make webs. Those that do, however, use their tiny little claws to walk on the silk threads without sticking.

Besides building webs, silk is a lifeline for spiders. They use it for many purposes, such as making nests, making hinges for trapdoors, making egg sacs, and mummifying prey. If they go wandering about, they will leave a silk thread behind, and if they sense danger, they can use the line to swing out of the way.

Tiny spinnerets in the back part of the their body send out liquefied silk. When it contacts the air, it solidifies. Interestingly, some silk is sticky and some is not.

Baby spiders also spin silk and some use it to “balloon." They climb somewhere high enough to catch the wind and the silk line they emit carries them away to another place.

Some spiders are quite social and will even “collaborate” to make cities of webs. They will connect the individual webs they make into one large web, sometimes big enough to cover a tree!

Interesting Fact

Silk is such a strong and flexible material that the US Department of Defense is investigating its use in bullet-proof vests. The fibers can absorb the energy of a moving bullet.

This trapdoor spider awaits its prey.  When it senses vibration, it opens the "trapdoor" and lurches for the prey.
This trapdoor spider awaits its prey. When it senses vibration, it opens the "trapdoor" and lurches for the prey. | Source

A Few Types of Spiders

Name
Description
Orb Weaving spiders
They sit and wait for their prey to land on their web. The vibration from the struggling prey alerts them about a possible next meal. The spider then moves quickly to subdue and poison its prey. Some eat their prey on the spot, others inject venom and wrap their victim in silk fibers.
Trapdoor spiders
They make their lairs in the ground. They create a hole, pad it with spit and soil, and then line it with silk. Then they cover their hole with a trapdoor and hinge it with silk fibers. When a potential prey vibrates the door with its movements, the spider will lurch out, grab the victim, and then carry it back into the hideout.
Crab spiders
They sometimes change colors based on the type of flower they’re on. They wait for a bee or other nectar-eating insect to visit the flower, and then pounce on their prey.
House spiders
They are not poisonous to humans. These spiders make their living by eating insects that could otherwise cause disease, including flies and ticks. They also have great speed and can reach 1 mph. For its size, that's really fast. This feat is in the Guinness Book of World Records.

Interesting Fact

Except for the black widow, brown recluse, and a few others, most spiders in North America are harmless. Other parts of the world have different poisonous spiders.

Tarantulas are one of the few dangerous species of spiders in North America.
Tarantulas are one of the few dangerous species of spiders in North America. | Source

Native American Symbolism

According to Bobby Lake Thom, a Native American shaman and author, spiders are messengers. They have either good or bad power.

The Bad

He explains that the wolf spider, the black widow, and the tarantula are spiders with bad power because they usually signal a bad omen. Some can even warn us of danger. If you see one in your house and you feel like it’s going out of its way to get your attention, watch out.

If a lot of spiders begin invading your home, this may be a sign. Think about the people in your life at the moment. Are all of your relationships harmonious? Perhaps someone could be jealous of you. Perhaps you might need to phase some people out of your life. If you are in doubt, take a moment to observe the spider. What are its actions? Is it moving? Is it aggressive? Is it meek? The more a spider doesn't act like a normal spider, the higher the chance it is telling you to be careful or wary of certain people in your life.

The Good

Good spiders are ones that don't bite. They are good to keep around because they'll help keep bugs at bay. According to Native American tradition, it’s not good to kill a spider in your house. Instead, gently capture it using a cup and a paper (slid over the top of the cup) to trap the spider inside. Release it outside, preferably near a garden where they can quickly find shelter until they have a chance to make a web.

Getting Rid of Spiders

It's always best to leave a spider alone and observe it from a distance. If you have an infestation, you can try natural methods, but you may want to consult a professional. Otherwise, you should think about how beneficial they are. Instead of resorting to killing, you could take it out to the yard. It will help keep your yard more bug-free. Spiders catch so many pests and insects that we really have no idea how important these little creatures are! Spiders indeed command respect.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 3 years ago from Western NC

      Truthfornow - yes, I don't like them crawling on me. My only solace is that yes, chances are they are harmless. :)

      Vicki - me, too! Me, too!

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Oh, I always leave spiders alone! Appropriate topic with Halloween fast-approaching!

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      truthfornow 3 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      Spiders creep me out. They seem to come out of no where spinning their webs all over the place. Nice to know that most are harmless.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      LadyFiddler - yeah, I understand. :) The webs drive me crazy.

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      Joanna Chandler 4 years ago from On planet Earth

      Interesting hub on spiders,

      Just today I came home and saw a huge one in my room, he had to die cause no way was I keeping him around. The little ones I let them be once they don't bother me.

      Sure they do a fine job, but makes a lot of mess around the home with webs.

      Thanks for sharing

      Have a wonderful weekend.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Elise - hmm, you know, it could mean any range of things. They might be there as a warning to you. They could also mean that you want to be careful for the next few days. The best way to find out is watch and observe them. What are you doing when you see them? Exactly when? Write it down in a notebook and if you notice a pattern, you might find out just what spiders really mean for you. Hope that helps. ;)

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      elise 4 years ago

      it does sounds weird but whatever something bad happen in my life a spider was there a couple days before the drama.... my grandfather death, my sister illness, my brother car accident....and today my brother is in hospital in france both kidney are not working properly he is under dialise... i saw a spider 3 days ago on the top of my t.v....im really sick and tired im mean it must be something ???

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Oh wow, Daisy! That's no fun! Make sure to take it easy and watch that area on your finger. If it doesn't improve, make sure to see a doctor. Wow! I wonder what it was! It could have been a spider, but sometimes other critters lurk near webs and can also be culprits. Too bad you didn't see it. In any case, I have tried putting drops of tea tree oil on bites when I've gotten them - you can try that if you're not allergic. I've also tried calendula cream; that seems to help with itching.

      Though I have a healthy respect for spiders, I am NOT above going into spastic convulsions when they're crawling on me. That is one thing I simply can't deal with.

      I do hope your bite gets better soon. Take care and see a doctor if it doesn't get better.

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      Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Cyndi,

      Thanks for publishing this well-research, well-written article about a creature that I greatly dislike.

      I was walking outside my house at dusk a few days ago when I felt an intense pain in my right thumb. A purple area immediately formed on my thumb, and the area became red, swollen, and infected.

      I had walked into a spider web and was bitten. I didn't see the spider, so I don't know what kind it was. I've had an extremely bad headache for a few days. I can still see the bite mark on my thumb, and the area is still very tender.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Julie! Hello, friend! Thanks for stopping by! :) Great to see you. Spiders are such interesting creatures, aren't they? HUGS!

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      I always set spiders free...no matter how big they are, though I don't like the ones with hairy legs :o)

      Voted up and shared.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Audrey - hehe, so does my husband! :) Thanks for stopping by. Have a wondeful day!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      My husband goes on spider patrol and sends them outside when we find them--lovely hub!!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Heather - hmm, that's a good thought: spider tolerance in DNA. I wonder if some of us are more predisposed to spider phobias than others. That could be a very interesting scientific study. Hmmm. Thanks so much for stopping by and for your insights. Hubhugs!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Phil - true story: I once had a tick on me and I didn't notice it until I got into the bathroom to wash my hands from being outside. I saw it on my white shirt and not wanting to kill the little bugger, I flicked it onto the floor, thinking I'd transport it outside out of reach of my pets. Almost instantaneously, a spider came along, paralyzed the tick and dragged it back to its web in the corner of the bathroom. I didn't know which I felt more: awe for what the spider did or sadness for the tick. Alas, I'm glad I wasn't the one that killed it. Haha. Thanks for stopping by!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Thelma - awww, interesting story, but I'm so glad you've adopted a new philosophy. They're pretty interesting creatures, for sure. I've been to the Philippines, so I can imagine some of the tropical creatures that are part of the landscape there. Thanks so much for stopping by. Cheers!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      tillsontitan - part of why I wrote this was actually a therapeutic move. I've been working on my phobia of creepy crawlies for years and I figured it was high time I learn a little more about these wondrous creatures. It definitely helps to know that most spider you come across aren't poisonous. I'm hoping it will help me when I spazz out the next time a spider is on me. Hehe. Thanks for stopping by! :) Hubhugs!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      CMerritt - hehe, your "secret" is safe with me. I'm creeped out sometimes too, and as I've told others, I will leave living thing alone. But, I can't help my spastic fits when something is crawling on me. It's definitely reflex. I'm working on it, though. Haha. Thanks for stopping by. Cheers!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      sgbrown - oh well. :) At least you know a little bit more about them. My hubby was bitten by a brown recluse, but somehow he got over his fear of creepy crawlies. I'm still working on it. Thanks for stopping by. Hubhugs!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Molometer - hey there, friend! Isn't that something that you were thinking of this rhyme? Thanks so much for your awesome feedback and your insights. Yes, indeed, I'm a hubpages addict, and I have all the symptoms of an addiction, and I'm recalling that hub you wrote about it. :) Cheers!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Rajan - hello, friend!! Great to see you! Thanks for stopping by and I'm glad I could help teach others a few cool things about spiders. :) Thanks for the votes and support. Hubhugs!

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      Heather Rode 4 years ago from Buckeye, Arizona

      Living in Arizona, we have tarantulas, black widows, and the brown recluse (to name a few). I'm always saving my husband from spiders because even though neither of us like them, I guess I have more spider tolerance in my DNA.

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      Phil Plasma 4 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      Great hub - I didn't realize how prehistoric they are. I don't mind spiders and generally don't bother removing them from the house. Let them eat the flies that are in my house. Voted up and Interesting.

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      I´m not a fan of spiders and I don´t usually freak out seeing them but the last time I saw a spider, I freak out for it was as big as my hand. I have not seen spiders for many years. It was in my room in the Philippines, just a few months ago, hanging over the curtain. My nephew said it was harmless. It was late for I have killed the spider already.

      This hub is very informative. I´ve learned a lot fom your hub. Thanks for sharing. I will never kill a spider again!

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      There are so many things in nature that we fear but when we learn more about them we realize they have their benefits. Spiders don't bother me but I'm afraid of bees....go figure.

      This hub had a lot of good information and for those of us who would prefer not to have 2,000 insects around I guess spiders are a good thing.

      Voted up, useful and interesting.

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      Chris Merritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      I try very hard to remove them unharmed and let them go outside. The spider is the one thing in my life that has made me scream like a little girl, when I once realized I had one crawling up my arm, I reacted in a fashion, that I am not proud of. They are very, very "creepy", but they are very cool to watch them work their webs and react when a victim has fallen into its trap.

      This was a very interesting hub that I enjoyed.

      Chris

      PS,

      Don't tell anyone about my screaming like a girl thing...

      ;-)

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Spiders are my worst " phobia". I never liked them but then after I was bitten by a brown recluse in the stomach, I really don't like them! I won't kill it if it is a garden spider or a tarantula, but other than that, if it is in my house or barn, it is going to die. I have to call my husband, I can't get close enough to kill it myself.

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      molometer 4 years ago

      What a brilliant hub,

      Just caught it going past in the feed,

      I actually thought about this very thing, last night.

      The rhyme was going through my head.

      'If you want to live and thrive'

      Let a spider 'run' alive'

      I wondered why we should protect spiders.

      Your great hub has answered it in spades. Thanks for putting this together.

      Voted up interesting and useful.

      Don't you just love hubpages? SHARING

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Very informative. I learned quite a few facts. Didn't know there were 36000 types of them, also that all spiders do not knit a web and never seen a massive 3" one.

      Thanks for such a fact filled hub.

      Voted up and useful.

      Shared.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Grant - hey there! Thanks for stopping by. Yeah, when I was younger, I used to step on ants, not knowing what I was doing. As I got older, for some reason I came to appreciate these creatures. Indeed, I've learned to respect all life as much as I can for I always think about what I would do if some giant like me wanted to squelch little creatures - it's a "if the situation were reversed" thing I do. Thanks so much for your feedback and kind words. Cheers!

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      Grant N.Z 4 years ago from New Zealand

      Enjoyed this hub, I used to kill spiders , as that's what my Dad did. But when i became an adult and learned a bit more , i now will not kill them at all. There is no point and they will not hurt me. You are a nice person to take the time to give a plug for our little helpers. Cheers Grant

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Unknown spy - it's great that you're not really afraid of spiders. That helps a lot. I definitely don't enjoy watching other animals fight - spiders or otherwise. Thanks so much for stopping by; I appreciate your feedback. Cheers!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Jennifer - right there with you. Since I admit I can be squeamish, I will get my hubby to rescue various little creatures. Hehe. He doesn't mind though because he's got th e same philosophy I do. :) Thanks so much for stopping by. Cheers!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Petra - I definitely think that if you leave them alone, they will probably leave on their own. But if you must get them out, you can always get a sturdy paper and cup, scoop them in and release outside. Just be careful and I wouldn't recommend it if you are dealing with a poisonous spider. In that case you might recruit a brave soul wearing protective gloves to do the job. But thanks so much for stopping by. Cheers!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Jpcmc - definitely right there with you. I wouldn't want any thing or person harassing a little one. :) My little niece was about to squash an ant earlier today and we talked about all the cool things ants do, and I hope I was able to teach her about everything having its place and as long as it wasn't hurting her, then she also could leave it alone. She was so cute. After that she made up a special song about ants.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Daughter, I admit I do get very squeamish when they are crawling on me, but I will always try to leave a respectful distance. I also try to teach all my nieces and nephews about respecting all life no matter what. I definitely try to think about the situation being reversed and I can immediately get empathy for a fellow creature. Thanks so much for stopping by - I appreciate you!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Mr. Happy, thank you so much for stopping by. I have been following your hubs and this all seems to fit right in with your philosophy. Great minds, I tell ya. :) Yeah, at any given time I have about five or six in the house and I just leave them be. Thank you for your wonderful thoughts and insights. Cheers!

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      im not really scared of spiders...okay, only those who lives on our homes, the tiny brown ones. other than that, I would scream my lungs out if I'm near them. i really don't know why some people are having fun seeing spiders fight to death.. its kinda painful to look at.

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      Jennifer Stone 4 years ago from the Riverbank, England

      Great hub, interesting, informative and well researched! I'm not keen on spiders but I hate flies more so I try to think of spiders as my friend! I won't kill them, I get my son to "rescue" them and put them out in the garden! Voted up and stuff...

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      Petra Vlah 4 years ago from Los Angeles

      I was just thinking of spiders today as I have seen a few around the house. I am not sure what to make of it since my house is very clean and it was recently painted. I kind of remember hearing that was no good to kill them, but I am not too happy to see them around

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      JP Carlos 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      I don't mind spiders as long as they don't crawl or bite my duaghter. We used to have a huge brown spider at home but i'm not sure where it went now. Probably all the cleaning and moving of stuff in the stockroom made it decide to move out.

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      Melissa Flagg 4 years ago from Rural Central Florida

      I'm not fond of spiders. They are just creepy. BUT, I agree, that if the tables were turned, I'd want to live too. I just leave them alone, if one happens to be roaming the house and not in a web in the corner (like most of ours are), I have my hubby catch it and put it in the backyard. We have tons of wolf spiders, I wonder exactly what they mean? We live in the woods, so wolf spiders are a constant out here.

      Great hub, voted up and awesome!!

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      Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      "I’ve always felt that if the situation were reversed, and a giant animal was out to try to squash me, I know I’d want to live." - Thank You.

      Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect."

      ~Chief Seattle, 1853 - Beautiful quote, As I believe in the "Law of One": We are All One, We are All connected.

      This was such a great read! Thank You for putting it together. I found it quite informative.

      In my culture it is not advised to kill spiders for no reason either - I am from Eastern Europe, Dacian. I actually leave all spiders alone and I am happy to see them around. There aren't that many around. I think there are about two or three in the house now ...

      Spiders tend to build a web and stay there ... that's why I don't bother them. They pick a corner (or something along those lines) and just hang-out. I let them be. Of course, I live in Toronto, Canada now and there are no black widows here ... if there were, things might change lol

      Thank You for writing about Spiders, I do like them. Cheers!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Thanks, Angela. :) I'm glad you enjoyed this. Indeed, spiders have their own beauty. Thanks so much for stopping by! Cheers!

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      Angela Brummer 4 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      acrophobia is sad to be the number #1. Luckily I do not have it! Spider can actually be very beautiful! GREAT HUB!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Alexander - Yeah, I can understand about having to bomb your apartment. I mean, there comes a time when it's you against them and if there are a lot of them, I wish there were a magic wand you could wave and allow them all to disappear to the nearest forest without harming them. But, people don't generally have such capabilities. Not that I know of anyway.

      I also agree - spiders are really fascinating. It is pretty neat to know about what they can do and their usefulness in nature. That makes me respect them.

      Hehe, I'm glad you'll be nice to them, but I can understand about having to go to great lengths about getting rid of a population of them. Now...if I could just learn some spider magic and let them go away naturally...hmmm....Thanks for stopping by!

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      Alexander Silvius 4 years ago from beautiful, rainy, green Portland, Oregon

      Spiders are both beautiful and creepy at the same time. When I first moved into my current apartment, I had a lot of bugs, including spiders. I'd often find them on my pillow (or underneath) when I went to bed at night. So I finally bombed the place and now I barely see them anymore. I'm not sure there is a connection between someone being jealous of me and the bug spray, I think there were insects breeding in my apartment and good old science allowed me to get some peace!

      But, spiders are fascinating animals as are their cousins. One of my favorites is the camel spider. I put one in a jar with some other insects and it was so aggressive, it was not perturbed in the least by its captivity and ate its roommates.

      Nevertheless, I will try to be nice to them from now on, 2000 insects is no small number! But black widows are still on my hit list!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      DS - hehe, thanks so much for stopping by. Thank you for your feedback about my animals/symbolism hubs. :) I'm really glad you've enjoyed them. Cheers!

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      Glen Nunes 4 years ago from Cape Cod, Massachusetts

      I really hate spiders - but I really enjoy your hubs about animals and symbolism. This is another good one! Voted up.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Wow! That's a lot of bites! Yes, I would give those a WIDE berth, nifwlseirff. :) Indeed, if one is crawling on me and/or a poisonous spider is about to bite me, then yes, self defense would have to prevail. Indeed, my point in this hub is about respect and not just ruthlessly killing every bug in sight without reason - every creature has a role to play. However, like I said, if it's crawling on me, especially getting ready to bite, I can't claim that I wouldn't do something about it. :) I once tried to be "friends" with ants and sat by an anthill. I was 4 years old. Hundreds and hundreds of them crawled on me and started biting me. This is also why I can't deal with things crawling on me. Thanks for stopping by! Hubhugs!

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      Kymberly Fergusson 4 years ago from Villingen Schwenningen, Germany

      I'm retraining myself not to kill spiders at the moment, seeing as few around me now are poisonous.

      When I lived in Australia, a couple of houses had nests of white tails, very aggressive with a nasty bite that blister terribly (and can get worse for some people). I was bitten by a baby whitetail, and blistered badly. Redbacks everywhere in the garden, although nowhere near as aggressive - my brother needed anti-venom shots when he was bitten. There were a bunch of other poisonous spiders in and around the house, and non-poisonous hand-sized huntsmen and garden orbs. *shudder*

      I certainly respect spiders, and like that they control various pests, but I would prefer that they remain hidden, and don't bite me!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      aviannovice - you know, my hubby told me he had gotten bitten by spiders a few times...until he found out that he didn't like killing things. When he decided that - years ago - he hasn't gotten bitten since! Your comment made me think of that. :)

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Voted awesome and up. I haven't met a spider yet that was a problem for me. My father was once bitten by a Brown Recluse and his foot swelled up. I guess I needn't say any more...

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      teaches - hello!! Great to see you! I hope you are well. Yeah, I'm definitely an advocate for respect. Thank you so much for coming by to another of my hubs. :)

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Interesting hub and full of new information for me. I didn't know all spiders make silk. I will try to respect them, however, if they venture into my home.. I will have to let them know they are treading on dangerous grounds. Voted up!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Om Paramapoonya - Exactly! Hehe, I respect spiders, I understand their role in nature, they're incredible, but when they are crawling on me, I do this sort of wiggly, spastic, freak-out dance with a bunch of involuntary jerks and movements. Hahaha. I need to work on that. ;)

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      Om Paramapoonya 5 years ago

      Just learned so much about spiders today! Thanks for sharing this fascinating info with us, cclitgirl. Spiders don't freak me out, but I don't think they're cute, either. So as long as they're not in my house, I don't mind them at all.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Vellur - hehe, if my hubby is around, I let him deal with the creepy crawlies. He's less skiddish than I am. But, yep, they're definitely useful. ;)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      alocsin - hehe, thanks for coming by - always great to see you!! Yeah, I'm also one to take great pains to carefully move a spider if it's in a place where it could get killed or squashed. Thanks for the votes and kudos. :)

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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      Great information and an interesting hub. Spiders are useful agreed but they give me the creepy crawly feeling. I run far away when I see a spider and ask someone else to deal with the situation. Voted up.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I think spiders are creepy as well but I've learned to respect and admire them because of the good they do. When I encounter one in the house and it's not hurting anyone, I leave it alone. If it's built its web in a place I don't want, I take great pains to move it to a more suitable location, without touching it of course. Voting this Up and Interesting.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      natures47friend - wow, you leave great feedback, I must say! Thank you so much! Very cool about being in Australia - you can bet I'd be leaving a lot of space between unknown spiders and me. Yikes!

      Thank you so much for your input on the pics and video. :) I definitely tried to get a few of my own.

      The webbing isn't too bad: I created it in PowerPoint (OneNote on Mac, I think) just by using lines. Then I right clicked and saved it as a .png file. Then, you can just upload as a regular pic. Hubhugs!

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      natures47friend 5 years ago from Sunny Art Deco Napier, New Zealand.

      Wonderful information on arachnids. I love the little jumping spiders....well all really except poisonous ones. I must admit I was very wary when I lived in Australia. If you are unsure leave it alone. It was paper wasps that hurt with their sting....nasty!

      Good and bad power - very interesting about native American symbolism. An awesome hub with brilliant pictures and video.

      I loved the webbing before the reference and books. I cannot do that on an Apple computer. Very artistic! Voted up, awesome, useful and interesting!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      JKenny - thanks for stopping by! I've always been fascinated, too, though I still give ALL of them a wide berth. I'm working on my phobia about having spiders crawling on me and not completely CONVULSING into spastic motions when one does, but I still value their presence and existence. :) Cheers!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Melanie! Hello, friend! Yes, I'm with you. I think spiders are rather creepy and I truly SPAZZ OUT if one is on me. But, I try to always be respectful and never kill them. :) Thanks for your feedback. Hubhugs!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Teresa - thank you so much for your feedback. Like you, I definitely love and respect ALL animals, from the tiniest to the largest, from slimy (though I won't touch) to the scaly. :D Thanks again! Hubhugs!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Shesabutterfly - hello! Thank you so much for stopping by. ;) Hehe, I LOVE that you're helping to spread 'respect for the spiders' hehe. I had heard that about Daddy Longlegs - they're considered "harvestmen." Hubhugs!

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      James Kenny 5 years ago from Birmingham, England

      I've always loved spiders, I used to routinely pick them up, and examine them closely. Although it did help that there are no big or poisonous spiders in Britain. If I ever came across a tarantula in the wild, then I'd give it a wide berth. Great hub. Voted up etc.

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      Melanie Shebel 5 years ago from New Buffalo, Michigan

      My grandma's neighbor never killed spiders. If it was a particularly creepy spider, she'd take it outside, but if it was a harmless non-creepy spider (like a daddy long-legs), she'd let it live in her house. Really informative hub! (Still think all spiders are creepy, though.)

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      Teresa Coppens 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Awesome hub Cyndi. I love animal hubs, including the creepy crawly kind. Great job. Loved the fact mixed with some mythology! Voted up.

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      Cholee Clay 5 years ago from Wisconsin

      Very interesting hub! I love the spider facts. My sister hates spiders, but I have no problems with them. She always screams for someone to come kill it and I always tell her I'm not doing it, because it is causing no one any harm :)

      I didn't know they were associated with jealousy and that killing them in the house was bad luck. Glad I haven't killed too many in my day.

      Another interesting fact about spiders: The Daddy Longlegs is actually a poisonous spider, but their fangs are not long enough to puncture human skin so they are completely harmless to us. I've always found that to be a pretty neat fact. Awesome hub!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Kelley - my hubby got bitten by a brown recluse one time. It was not too good. He doesn't have much of an elbow anymore. I'd definitely steer clear of one. But, thank so much for coming by and commenting - hubhugs!!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      DanaTeresa - thanks so much for stopping by. I have to admit, though I'm squeamish when spiders are on me, I definitely love observing them. That had to be so cool hearing those chirping sounds and finding out that wolf spiders were talking to each other. I love that! Animals are sooo cool. I'll have to check out your hub on the spiders - you are such an awesome person and I don't even "know" you. :) Hubhugs!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Stephanie - hehe, your mother sounds wise. :) Thank you so much for stopping by! Always great to see you. I hope your RV adventures are going well. I'm glad you enjoyed this. Hubhugs!

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      kelleyward 5 years ago

      Very interesting hub Cyndi. I don't mind spiders but I don't let them crawl on me. We live in an area where there are a lot of brown recluse spiders so we do spray for those. My mom got bit by one and she had a bad experience healing from the bite. This is a very interesting hub. Voted up and awesome! Take care, Kelley

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      Dana Strang 5 years ago from Ohio

      This is a great hub! I am afraid of spiders but don't spaz out. I am good at keeping a cool head. I use the paper and cup method, unless they are setteld in a web and then I just hope they don't bother me. (I wrote a hub about 3 spiders I had as roomates for a while).

      I remember being in the woods one day, sitting on a log, eating an orange, and I kept hearing these tiny chirping noises. I looked down at the leaf litter and there was a group of wolf spiders. They were talking back and forth! Very cool. They weren't interested in me so I wasn't too freaked out. :)

      I had no idea about spiders being associated with jealousy. Very interesting.

      Voted up.

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      My mother would never kill as spider, but would capture it on a piece of paper and take it outdoors. She said it would be bad luck to kill a spider in the house. I'm a little more heartless, especially living in a place that is known to have some poisonous spiders. Enjoyed the hub and the spider facts!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Thomas - hello, friend! :) Seeing spiders doesn't bother me, either. I've spastically killed them before, because I CANNOT take them crawling on me. I'm working on that special fear I have, but I DO what I can to respect these creatures. But, man, I've sprained a finger before trying to frantically wave one off of me and hit the counter. Hehe. Oh, and thanks for the birthday wishes!! Cheers!

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      ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      Cyndi,

      Seeing a spider doesn't bother me. When the spider disappears...that's when I am bothered. As long as they don't invade my personal (or air) space, we get along fine, otherwise, I will probably spastically kill them (self-defense) if they surprise me. So...that's my story on spiders, I guess.

      Thanks,

      Thomas

      PS...Happy belated birthday!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Billy - hehe, a 3" spider DESERVES a wide berth. Yep, if I found THAT in the bathtub, I wouldn't be taking any showers until it moved out. Hehe. Thanks for coming by. Hubhugs!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I really don't mind spiders but if I run across one that is 3" in diameter I am giving it a wide berth. Just sayin'

      Great hub and interesting. Nice job researching; quality job as I expect from you!

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