When it comes to spiders, they’re likely everyone’s least favorite pest. In fact, around 60% of people suffer from arachnophobia, which is the fear of spiders. However, they’re pretty fascinating creatures. Our Columbia pest control company has collected 10 fun facts that you probably didn’t know about spiders:
1. There are approximately 40,000 known species of spiders.
2. Antarctica is the only continent in the world that doesn’t have spiders.
3. Not all spiders weave webs, but the ones that do have claws at the tip of each leg. They use these claws to swing from strand to strand so that they don’t get stuck in the sticky part of their web.
4. Spiders eat more insects that birds and bats combined.
5. Certain species of salticids (jumping spiders) can see into spectrums that humans can’t. A few have been shown to be able to see both UVA and UVB light.
6. By weight, spider silk is actually stronger and tougher than steel.
7. The world’s biggest spider is the goliath spider. It can grow up to 11 inches wide and have fangs up to one inch long.
8. Spiders don’t have antennas, which is what separates them from insects.
9. When a spider moves, it has four legs on the ground and four legs in the air at all times.
10. Spiders have blue blood. In their bodies, oxygen binds to hemocyanin (rather than hemoglobin, as in humans). Hemocyanin contains copper rather than iron.
Spider infestations aren’t fun. If you have one, give our pest control experts a call so we can take care of the situation for you.