What to Do When You See a Spider

What to Do When You See a Spider

Spider. The word alone is enough to make me take pause,
and even make the hairs stand up on my neck. And there are so many kinds! Daddy long legs. Tarantula. Black widow. Peter Parker. Oops too much Marvel there. Anyway, Spiders are spooky and crawly, and
at the same time, also kinda cool. So, what should you do the next time you see
one? You know, besides scream and run out of the
room like I do? Together we’ll try to put our collective
arachnophobia in check and figure it out. If you’re scared of spiders, you’re not
alone. In fact, in the US, 1 in 10 people are affected
by a phobia, and 40% of those phobias are related to bugs. If one of those people is you (I know one
of them is me) here’s the bad news – there are nearly 40,000 different types of spiders
in the world, and almost all of them are venomous. YIKES! Before we freak out together, I should note
that very few of those venomous spiders produce a poison toxic enough to cause harm to humans
at all, and since the use of antivenom became commonplace in 1950’s, the instances of
people falling victim to seriously dangerous spiders are practically non-existent. Which isn’t to say you shouldn’t be careful
if you come across any of those known to be toxic to humans, but it certainly isn’t
something to keep you from enjoying a nice summer camping trip either. Spider bites of any kind aren’t as common
as you would think, considering the countless urban legends and stories on the internet. That’s because, believe it or not, spiders
don’t want to bite you. There are even documented cases where people
have lived in homes that were unknowingly also home to thousands of the infamously dangerous
“brown recluse” spider for years, and were never bitten. And even if a spider wanted to bite a person,
few of them have teeth strong enough to puncture the skin. Most reported “spider bites” turn out
to be caused by something else, like fleas or an allergic reaction to a chemical. In one study from southern California, it
was found that out of almost 200 reported spider bites, less than 8 of them were. The rest turned out to be something else altogether. Does that make you any less likely to scream
when you see one? Yeah… me neither. But it is good to know that while seeing one
may give me goosebumps, the chances of a spider hurting me is somewhere around zero. Even so, it doesn’t do much to change my
initial instinct to squash one the moment after I stop being frozen in fear. But it probably should, and here’s why. Spiders are a vital part of not only the outdoor
ecosystem, but the indoor one as well. I know we like to think of our homes as totally
insulated from the world outside, and I swear I’m not trying to frighten or freak you
out, but inside your house right now there are anywhere from a dozen to 200 species of
arthropods going about their business, and you weren’t even aware of any of them until
right now. If you’re wondering what an arthropod is,
it’s an invertebrate creature with an exoskeleton, segmented body, and jointed appendages. Think of it as fancy talk for “bug”, and
yes, that includes spiders. Most of these spiders live quiet, happy, secretive
lives out of our sight and mind. The most common are “cobweb” and “cellar”
spiders. Cobweb spiders, sometimes called “comb-footed”
spiders, are mostly dark or black in color, while Cellar spiders, or “daddy-long-legs”
are often white or greyish in color. Both build webs, where they then patiently
wait for their prey to get caught. Cellar spiders have even been known to leave
their own webs to hunt for other spiders that may be infringing on their turf, pretending
to be “caught” before turning their neighbor into dinner. Clever girl. Less common are barn spiders, who write messages
in their webs to help the talking pig they’ve befriended win a medal at the state fair. But that sure would be some spider. Spiders will chow down on just about anything
they catch. And most of the bugs they catch are probably
more annoying, or likely to harm you, than it is. Like flies and mosquitos. Just something to keep in mind before you
decide to go smoosh. If you see one of these common, harmless spiders
in your home, and it isn’t near where someone eats or sleeps (and you can stomach it) you
may just want to make friends with your 8-legged roommate. Still, if you want it gone, I totally understand. Consider giving it a new home outside. You can carefully cover it with a container
like a glass jar and slide something under it and bring it outside. Note that I said you can. You know, I did just that the other day, and
it felt good to be kind to another life form, and I felt stronger for it. “B-buh-but what if I DO get bitten by a
spider? Huh? You said it wasn’t likely but you didn’t
say it was impossible either!” Fair enough. If you find yourself in the rare position
where a spider does manage to get a piece of you, here’s what you want to do. First, if you can, don’t slap or squash,
but trap it. Try to isolate it and get it into a container
or baggy. This way you can identify the species and
figure out what treatment, if any, will be needed. Usually, an ice pack is the only treatment
you need – however, if you do experience any symptoms like nausea, sweating, muscle spasms
or increasing pain, go get medical help right away. Despite everything I’ve said so far about
how spiders are mostly harmless to people, and most are downright helpful, let’s be
honest. You’re watching this video because for some
reason, even though they can be scary and the sight of them makes your skin crawl, you
just can’t help but be fascinated by them. The bigger the better. The weirder the story the better. Like when it “rains” spiders in Brazil! You may have seen some videos of this on social
media. And while, in the clips, it looks like spiders
are falling from the sky, they’re hanging in a giant web to catch those “nuisance
insects” I spoke about earlier. This species is a rare type of social spider
that builds a community web that’s so fine, it’s almost imperceptible – which is why
it looks like they’re just flying. So, while it’s unnerving, you don’t need
to fear spider rain. Well, I mean, you probably should, but it’s
not a real thing, so you can relax. And what about those stories you’ll hear
about where someone couldn’t get rid of an itch in their ear and when they went to
the doctor, they found a spider nesting there? Ugh! Here’s the thing – the bad pun I just
made by saying “HEAR’s the thing” after mentioning the spider in the ear story – Ear
aches are a lot more common and painful than any dangerous situation that involves a spider. So next time you see a spider, just remember
this video, stay calm, and know your friendly neighborhood spider is just that. Unless you happen to be a fly that understands
English and watches YouTube videos. And if you are, welcome to the Bright Side
my fly friend. Watch out for spiders! Okay. Still here? Good. Are you still afraid of spiders? Let me know down in the comments. If you learned something new today then give
this video a “like” and share it with a friend. But – hey! We didn’t talk about vacuuming up the little
buggers! That’s okay. We have over 2,000 other cool videos for you
to check out. All you have to do is choose the left or right
video, click on it, and enjoy! Stay on the Bright Side of life!

100 Replies to “What to Do When You See a Spider”

  1. Today I was cleaning my room and I picked up my shirt and I spider fell on my foot I screamed and the my mom came in the room and told me to get my dad because it was a big spider and then I had to continue cleaning after that! So I watched this video and now I'm gonna continue cleaning but I gotta say that I was really scared!!!๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ•ท๏ธ๐Ÿ˜ฅ

  2. When I see a spider I run but I also stare at in fear and anger as if this was happening

    Spider: ya I'm moving in hope you don't mind

    Me: well don't make yourself at home


    My brother: squish

  3. Squash it! Thereโ€™s a number of poisonous spiders with lethal bites. No need to try to preserve a pest that could cause you and your loved ones physical harm! ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿฟโ€โ™‚๏ธ

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  5. Title : What to do when you see a spider
    Me : pack your bags , bring everything you need , burn the house down , call the fire fighters , sleep in your cousins house , and then find a new house
    Or it can also be a trick to sleepover at your cousins house or if you really want to move houses

  6. Iโ€™m pretty sure a spider was a trying to bite me because I woke up in the morning with spider bites on my face ๐Ÿ™

  7. At my dad house we have a lots a spider the most i see daddy long legs. An i saw a mom spider an it was pregnant an there was a LOT A BABY SPIDER

  8. What do I do when I see a spider
    I touch it with my bare hands because I don't have a phobia

    Im a Filipino I hunt spiders

  9. Spider is not funny they take dogs at your house so donโ€™t take it in 6 to 2 but just donโ€™t let them leave your house๏ฟผ

  10. Why so many people hating on spiders I have a pet while I don't have one by one picture Android so spiders are billionaires the only one that I usually know of they wouldn't ask someone if they walk in front of it is a wandering spider as long as you don't see one of them you're fine black widow the most dangerous spider in Australia it's fine I want to watch I want to attack you unless you heard it or something what to say

  11. One time I was playing video games and a tiny jumping spider was on my arm and I was it but I really wanted to beat that level on a game called Destiny so I just let it sit on my arm WATCHING ME

  12. us in the pilipinas are very brave when it comes to spiders and are homes are more like shops and apartments
    there are thousands of bugs in are homes like ants,spiders,sentapids,bees,and flys there are over 29,000 bugs in pilipino homes even im not shocked if you dont think im saying the truth ask siri or the internet there are more then 1M
    bugs in the pilipinas and all of then are very tocsic

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