Spiders. They have quite the reputation for being the scariest pest at the top of the pest list – barring the mosquito with its new virus scare. They are used in movies to create fearful moments where most viewers are peaking through their fingers to wait for the scene to be over. They are so notorious in Hollywood, they received their own movie aptly titled Arachnophobia, a word created for those who suffer extreme fear of spiders. More recently, they’ve made appearances in the second installment of the Harry Potter series, Chamber of Secrets, as well as The Hobbit. In both instances, the spiders are 10 feet tall, larger than life, and ready to devour any living thing in their path. Putting the Sci Fi and Fantasy interpretation aside, we do tend to view spiders as creepy, crawly dangers lurking in their webs just waiting to enter our homes and scare the living daylights out of us.
While most genres of spiders are an annoyance, their bite is not a kiss of death. However, there are some fears and beliefs that are not unfounded. Enter the black widow and brown recluse.