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Spiders Are Friends: Why You Shouldn’t Get Rid Of Them in Your Home

An entomologist explains how these creatures can actually be helpful indoors.


Not a lot of people like spiders, especially not inside their homes. But you should think twice before getting rid of one because, apparently, spiders can be beneficial to have in your home. A lot of them are not dangerous, too.

Entomologist Matt Bertone recently wrote about this topic on The Conversation, where he explains why you shouldn’t kill spiders found in your home. He wrote: “Why? Because spiders are an important part of nature and our indoor ecosystem – as well as being fellow organisms in their own right.”

According to Bertone, some spiders are accidentally trapped inside homes, while others are just temporary visitors.

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He explained that spiders can be beneficial to have in the home as they eat pests. Most of them do not present any threat, too. He wrote:

“These arachnids are usually secretive, and almost all you meet are neither aggressive nor dangerous. And they may be providing services like eating pests – some even eat other spiders.”

Bertone and his team conducted a visual survey of 50 North Carolina homes to check which arthropods live in the houses.

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They found that all homes had spiders in them, and the most common ones were cobweb spiders and cellar spiders. These spiders build webs to catch prey, including mosquitos and other disease-carrying pests. Bertone added:

“So killing a spider doesn’t just cost the arachnid its life, it may take an important predator out of your home.”

According to the author, almost all spiders are venomous, but majority of them have venoms that are too weak to cause significant problems to humans.

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“Spiders are not out to get you and actually prefer to avoid humans; we are much more dangerous to them than vice versa. Bites from spiders are extremely rare. Although there are a few medically important species like widow spiders and recluses, even their bites are uncommon and rarely cause serious issues.”

Bertone also advises that if you really can’t stand spiders in your house, it’s better if you capture them and then release them outdoors, so they can find a different place to go.


30 Witty Illustrations That Give Clarity to Same-Sounding Words That Are Often Confusing

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Words, without context, can often mislead us. What more in the case of homophones, words pronounced alike but very much different in meaning, origin and spelling.

Bruce Worden, a Science Illustrator, Comic Book Creator and self-confessed grammar nerd, embarked on a visual exploration of words that sound so much alike, people often get them wrong. Five years in the making, his blog-turned-book “Homophones, Weakly” is a collection of 300 sets of homophones. And now that is has been released for public consumption, people are thanking him for it. Who wouldn’t?

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39 ‘Same’ Things That You Probably Don’t Realize Are Different

Know the differences to stop the confusion.

Let's admit it; nobody wants to be corrected by anyone. Whether the one who gave the correction means well or not, it still is not widely accepted to correct other people. However, some people are like walking signboards that say "correct me" wherever they go.

It gets hard not to say a word when the error gets repeated a lot. A great example of this is the most commonly mispronounced words that are screaming banners on people to dare their friends to correct them. Others are words that you think are the same but actually aren't, like these:

#1 Alligators vs. Crocodiles

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New DNA Technology Predicts A Crime Suspect’s Skin, Eye, And Hair Colors, Shape Of Face

This tech will can make the lives of crime investigators easier!

A new DNA technology has been developed and it is expected to make the job easier for crime investigators. After all, with just a DNA specimen, the technology can display important information about a culprit such as eye color, skin color, hair color, and even the shape of the face.

The new DNA technology was developed by Parabon NanoLabs and has already helped police departments in almost 40 states. With it capable of displaying vital information that can lead to solving crimes or finding suspects, there is no denying that this new DNA technology is definitely revolutionary.

Parabon NanoLabs has developed a new DNA technology that can make life easier for crime investigators.

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