Facts About Spiders
27 Aug 2014
Spiders are creepy, crawly, and can make a real problem for your home. Dealing with a spider infestation before it can develop too far is critical. Even though these pests cause an alarming amount of problems in our lives, there are some interesting qualities they possess. Take a look at these fascinating facts about spiders, some of which can be helpful in keeping them out of your yard and home.
Spiders excel at adapting to different situations, and learning from their environment. They have shown time and time again that their intelligence far outweighs their appearance. As scientists have studied them, it has been found:
Spiders have been known to make spider decoys of themselves in their webs to keep predators away. While these decoys are sometimes roughly the same size as the spider, they also have been known to make these bigger and more frightening.
In proportion to their size, the spider has a very large brain. This is crucial for the intricate web designs that each species of spider creates. In some spiders, their brains are so large the other organs of their body flow over into their legs.
Scientists sent a jumping spider into space to discover if their ability to make webs would be affected. In only a few days time the spider was able to adjust, not only building webs but finding a new way to catch flies after lacking the ability to jump in low gravity.
Spiders can swim, giving them another point of access to your home. In addition to this they have the ability to find hard to enter spaces, with the intelligence to find these areas.
A spider’s body has two parts known as the abdomen and the cephalothorax. Within the cephalothorax there includes the palps, fangs, eyes, and legs. On the abdomen it will include the spinneret. This gives the spider the appearance of having a waist.
With the exception of one group of spiders (the Uloboridae family), all spiders use venom to control their prey. The difference here is how much venom is used, and how it works on the victim. The glands used are set close to the fangs, also known as the chelicerae and are connected by ducts. When the spider strikes its prey muscles located near the venom glands will contract and push the venom through the fangs paralyzing them.
While there are many different types of spiders, each unique, there are elements that bind them together. Learn more about spiders, their habits, and the identifying features to better protect your home from a pest infestation. This will be beneficial in determining which pest has entered your home uninvited.