Spiders tend to evoke fear in many people. But with very few exceptions this fear is unjustified. Spiders share the world with us in many ways and in many different settings. They are in our homes, parks, gardens and yards, usually quietly living independently of us humans.
Spiders serve an important role in the balance of nature. They help maintain billions of the world’s insects at reasonable numbers. Also, spiders are consumed by several animals higher up in the food chain.
As most of us know, spiders produce a strong silk with which they build their web to capture prey. Silk is also used as a safety line when they jump or fall from a high perch.
Spiders are arachnids, invertebrates with no spine or bones. They have a covering called an exoskeleton that must be shed — molted — in order for them to grow. The exoskeleton protects their vital organs inside the body.
- Spiders can be found all over East Tennessee, and despite the fear people have of them, most are completely harmless.
- Food: Spiders feed off other bugs, so if you have spiders in your home, more than likely it is because other bugs are already there. [pullquote]Food: Spiders feed off other bugs, so if you have spiders in your home, more than likely it is because other bugs are already there.[/pullquote]
- Where to look: Look for spider webs in corners, under furniture and other areas where they won’t be disturbed.
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