- from Spiders
Talk about creepy. You’re walking along, minding your own business, and suddenly you feel a spiderweb stretch across your face.
Wiping frantically, you try to get it all off while looking for the spider. Is it down your shirt or crawling up your neck—and is it big?
Many people are afraid of spiders, but it’s hard to understand why. Most spiders are helpful. They eat insects, such as locusts and mosquitoes, that damage crops or spread diseases. Only a handful of the approximately 35,000 spider species can cause death in humans.
All spiders are hunters, and they go where the food is. That means spiders can be found just about everywhere. They’re underwater, on the world’s highest mountain, and, of course, in your bedroom. Yet most are so shy that you’ll probably have a hard time finding one—unless you stumble into its web.