How Spiders Help Humans
Many people are afraid of spiders, and to be fair, spiders can be quite a bit creepy.
Their unique body, strange erratic behavior, and their difference to us causes many people to become afraid of them.
The idea of getting bit or attacked by a spider is also fresh in people’s minds when a long-legged can be found climbing the basement walls.
Despite our intense fear of spiders, the research actually indicates that spiders could actually be a great help to humanity.
In today’s post, we’ll be exploring spiders which have specifically helped humanity (including potentially saving lives!).
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Spiders and The Hunt
Spiders hunt pests such as mosquitoes and cockroaches, which creates a direct benefit to us humans because then we have less pests to deal with!
Of course you’d ideally have neither spiders nor mosquitoes inside of your home, but if you had to choose between the 2, it could be arguable that the spider would be better, because at least the spider is likely to leave you alone.
Many of the creatures that spiders hunt are significantly worse pests than spiders in that they bite us humans, spread disease, or cause damage to our homes.
Spiders on the other hand do not typically attack humans, and it’s very rare to die from a spider.
The Prevention of Disease
The simple fact that spiders hunt mosquitoes and other annoying bugs is not all that surprising, but the consequence of this is that diseases are less likely to spread to us humans!
Many of the pests that spiders hunt - such as cockroaches and mosquitoes - are carriers and transmitters of extremely dangerous diseases such as malaria.
At least 1 million humans die every single year from malaria alone, among tens of millions (or perhaps even hundreds) of cases of malaria every single year.
By killing more mosquitoes, this directly impacts us in that humans are less likely to be bit by mosquitoes, and thus less likely to contract malaria.
Malaria is but one example of MANY which are transmitted by gross pests like mosquitoes & cockroaches. There are several others, and the work that spiders do in killing A LOT of these pests is certainly impactful on us humans.
Spiders Don’t Attack Humans… Normally
To make matters even better, spiders rarely attack humans. When they do bite humans, it’s typically defensively, such as if a human was attacking the spider or accidentally sat on it.
The spider hanging out in the corner of your basement would not want to crawl up into your bed, knowing very well that it’s your space.
Spiders are acutely aware of their place as we humans could crush their entire bodies within a fraction of a second if we wanted to.
Lucky for us, spiders don’t often bite humans, and when they do, it’s defensive. Even better is that spiders - unlike mosquitoes - don’t eat our blood, or have desire to. This means that the probability of a spider spreading disease to you is very low, especially when compared to mosquitoes.
They’re Great for the Garden
Spiders are also excellent for garden health! Spiders hunt insects that would otherwise be eating up your vegetables and damaging the garden.
Stay Pest Free
As awesome as spiders are for us humans, they still shouldn’t be hanging around inside your home. We’d rather you not have any pests or wildlife inside of your home causing damage or putting you and your family at risk.
If you think that you have a wildlife or pest related problem, let the experts handle it.
We at Wildlife x Team International specialize in safe & responsible removal of wildlife and pests. We restore the creatures to the wild if possible, restore any damage caused, and also prevent the infestation from happening again.
Thanks and have a great day!
-Wildlife x Team International