A new study reveals that spiders in urban areas are getting larger. That’s right! Giant spiders are attacking the city! Hide your babies, and your foo foo dogs! But, before we allow mass hysteria to kick in–though it is quite possibly too late–let’s examine the science.
Animals are adaptable. That is why dogs that live in Alaska have thick furry hides, and only shivery Taco Bell mascots do well at the equator. Though, honestly, how long would a chiwawa live if it were released into the wild? But that is a topic for another day.
All creatures have the ability to adapt to their surroundings. In the case of the orb-weaver spider, it is learning that warm, urban areas, teeming with flying insects, are an exceedingly fertile place to live. So, they feel comfortable to make bigger babies, because those babies will have no trouble finding nourishment for their larger bodies, amongst the cement trees of the concrete jungle. Like birds know to fly south for the winter, spiders instinctively know that their environment is calling for bigger babies. They were made to eat bugs, and they can do that better by being bigger.
It is also more difficult for birds that prey on spiders to easily get at them with all the deep solid nooks they are able to nest in. On some level, do the spiders know this at some kind of genetic level? Researchers aren’t sure if this is also a factor for why spiders in urban centers are reproducing larger offspring. All they know for sure is that it is happening, at a significant rate.
What does this mean for the happy humans living in the concrete jungle? It is actually good news. Bigger spiders eat more insects. If you’re not particularly fond of mosquitoes, it is nice to have a mammoth spider or two, living in a nearby tree. What is not nice, is having those monster spiders crawling around in your house, while you’re sleeping. Cause, let me tell you, the nightmares won’t just be happening in your head.
That is why it is a good idea to keep those big spiders outside, where they belong. Make sure all of your screens are in good working order, and use a caulking gun to seal up any cracks where spiders can slip in. Install door sweeps, so spiders can’t slip under, and weather stripping, so they can’t slip around. Keep lights turned off at night, so you don’t attract flying insects. Spiders eat flies, and if you draw them near your home, they’ll explore for ways to get in.
This will go along way to keeping these giants spiders from getting inside, but to be 100% spider-proof, it is important to call a pest professional, and have your exterior walls sprayed. This will keep spiders off the walls. A professional can also check for egg laying sites. Over 2500 eggs can be laid by one of these large orb-weaver spiders. That is 2500 curious little spiders running around near your home. Get sprayed, and get protected. Don’t let your home be a Stephen King movie. Spider-proof it today.