Good Spiders vs. Bad Spiders: Which Spiders Should You Leave in Your House?



Today, we are going to focus on differentiating between good spiders and bad spiders. We’ll take some time to show you what makes a spider good and what makes them bad. That way, you’ll know which spiders you will want to eliminate in your home and which ones you’ll want to leave to their own devices.

Good Spiders vs. Bad Spiders: Venom

Good Spiders: Has mild venom that is used to disable or kill their prey, venom cannot cause significant or lasting harm to humans Bad Spiders: Have deadly neurotoxic venom that can cause death in humans, like the black widow, deliver a bite that causes necrosis in the area surrounding a bite, like a brown recluse

Good Spiders vs. Bad Spiders: Size

Good Spiders: Small spiders are scarcely noticeable and not likely to cause alarm, have a body size of less than an inch Bad Spiders: Possess large bodies that cause fright and adverse reactions that can lead to injuries or anxiety, have large bodies that measure 1-2 inches, possess total legspans that measure 2 inches and higher

Good Spiders vs. Bad Spiders: Prey

Good Spiders: Consumes other harmful creatures, like deadly spiders, mosquitos, wasps, lanternflies, roaches, and more Bad Spiders: Consume helpful creatures like honeybees, most of the time, bad spiders and good spiders have similar diets

Good Spiders vs. Bad Spiders: Risk of Biting

Good Spiders: Only bites as a last resort or when pressed against human flesh Bad Spiders: Bites when handled, lives in places where humans frequent putting them at a higher risk of getting bitten, ground spiders are more likely to run afoul of a human than web-builders


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