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We also hope to carry out further investigations into the physical properties of ballooning silk and carry out ballooning studies in the field," Morley says. Digital Issues Buy a back issue. Renew my subscription Give a Gift Manage my subscription. News Biology 09 July Spiders fly using electricity, not wind. A surprising finding potentially solves the enduring mystery of how and when baby spiders become airborne.
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But a few fearless folks adopt a live-and-let-live motto, hoping to enjoy some of the good that Spiders do. If seeing one dangling in a web or scurrying across the floor doesn't make you shudder, you might want to share your home with a few Spiders. One word of caution: It's always best to avoid touching a Spider.
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While Spiders never actively seek human contact, they will bite if they feel threatened or endangered. Spider venom causes reactions that differ from Spider to Spider and person to person. Symptoms of a Spider bite may include a stinging sensation, red mark, localized swelling or an injury requiring hospitalization.
Consult your doctor if you have a concern.
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Before you squish the next Spider you see, consider how this eight-legged wonder might improve your life. Spiders eat pests. If left alone, Spiders will consume most of the insects in your home, providing effective home pest control.
Spiders kill other Spiders. When Spiders come into contact with one another, a gladiator-like competition frequently unfolds —and the winner eats the loser.
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If your basement hosts common Long-Legged Cellar Spiders, this is why the population occasionally shifts from numerous smaller Spiders to fewer, larger Spiders. Spiders help curtail disease spread. Spiders feast on many household pests that can transmit disease to humans —Mosquitoes, Fleas, Flies, Cockroaches and a host of other disease-carrying critters. All rights reserved.
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