spider-699036_1280Arachnophobia, the fear of spiders, grips millions of people. Spiders have a bad reputation of defending themselves with deadly venom and building webs in the worst possible locations. However, spiders dine on insects and pests, which should place them above scorn. Give spiders a chance by reading several facts you may not have realized about our eight-legged friends. And if you find the spiders around your home are not eating enough insects, call Orlando pest control leaders, Apex Pest Control, to eradicate whatever the spiders leave behind.


  • Although not every species of spider creates a decorative web, all 40,000+ species do produce silk. Many spiders have the ability to change the silk’s content for specific tasks, such as spinning webs, capturing prey, or building eggs.
  • Not all spiders are carnivores. The Bagheera kiplingi species dine on the protein-rich buds of tree leaves, leaving insects alone unless the trees are not actively budding.
  • While they have eight eyes on average, spiders are nearsighted. The eyes function much like our eyes, except their rods and cones are in specialized orbs. In other words, one set of eyes creates images while other sets are for light and shadow. Rather than relying on sight, spiders sense the vibrations in their webs to determine where their next meal has been snagged.
  • Female spiders can lay up to 3,000 eggs at once. Often, the females die after the eggs are laid, but many species, such as the wolf spider, will carry the tiny spiderlings on their backs until they are mature enough to hunt unattended.
  • It has been proven that jumping spiders can leap fifty times their body length when hunting or being hunted. Unlike humans, who use bones and muscles for propulsion, spiders and other creatures with exoskeletons pump blood into their joints to move. This internal hydraulic system launches jumping spiders extreme distances.
  • Many of the daddy longlegs spiders you see may not be spiders. Several species are herded under the title of “daddy longlegs”, such as crane flies, harvestmen, and cellar spiders. The latter is a species of spider while the former two are not. If it flies, it is not a spider. If it does not produce venom or silk, it is not a spider.


If you are still not convinced the spiders on your property belong there, give Orlando pest control company, Apex Pest Control, a call at (866) 675-4070 to send the spiders packing. The Apex team can assure you that none of the 40,000 varieties of spiders will call your property home.