Spiders Are NOT Just for Halloween Season

Spiders are often associated with Halloween for several reasons.  Sometimes it’s due to folklore, other times it’s symbolism.  Or it could be something as simple as many people find spiders and their webs to be quite creepy. Our apologies to Charlotte’s Web and Gwen Stefani

In this article, we will move away from the myths and vibes, and enter the world of facts about these arachnids.

The reason spiders are sometimes considered to be spooky is due to their eight legs, many eyes, and the way that they scurry in that creepy fashion.  For these reasons, they are a fitting addition to the eerie atmosphere often associated with Halloween. Despite all this spider-bashing, some folks love to take a moment to study the beautiful webs out in nature.  Seeing the sun light up a huge spiderweb can make for a gorgeous photo.

Another reason for the October correlation is the fact that spiders are active during that month, spinning their webs before winter.  Spiders construct intricate webs to catch their prey. These intricate creations can be found in a variety of locations, including trees, shrubs, grasses, buildings, and even indoors.

Some ground-dwelling spiders seek shelter under rocks, logs, and other debris.  These spaces provide protection from predators and harsh weather conditions. Basically, a spider’s choice of living environments often depends on their specific species, as different spiders have adapted to survive in various conditions.

There are a variety of spiders found from Florida to Texas, but you will notice that most states have several spiders in common.

  • Black Widow
  • Brown Widow
  • Southern Black Widow
  • Golden Silk Orb-Weavers
  • Spiny Orb-Weavers
  • Brown Recluse
  • Jumping Spiders
  • Wolf Spiders
  • Crab Spiders
  • Lown-Jawed Orb-Weavers Huntsman Spiders
  • Green Lynx Spiders

While some spiders are venomous, most are harmless and offer many benefits – controlling the insect population – being one of the most advantageous. If you aren’t sure of the type of spider you have encountered, play it safe and observe them from a safe distance or seek advice from a local pest control company such as Massey Services.

The most venomous spider is the Brown Recluse, also known as the “fiddleback spider” or “violin spider” due to the dark violin-shaped marking on its back. The Brown Recluse bite contains potent cytotoxin, which can cause death to cells (AKA tissue necrosis) around the site of the bite.  In severe cases, a Brown Recluse spider bite can lead to a deep, slow-healing wound. 

However, it’s important to know that Brown Recluse spider bites are relatively rare, and most bites do not result in severe symptoms. These spiders only bite if they feel threatened or cornered, so pay special attention to that wood pile as you grab a log for your fire this winter.  Wear gloves and inspect the log carefully before wrapping your arms around a sizable load. If you are bitten, seek medical attention immediately!

Spiders can be plentiful and active year-round, but their activity may vary depending on the species and environmental conditions.  Spiders tend to be more active during the warmer months, when insect prey is most abundant.

April to October is often considered peak season for spider activity.  However, it’s important to note that some species of spiders have adapted to cooler temperatures and can remain active in winter.  Additionally, indoor-dwelling spiders can obviously remain active all year long as they are not affected by the seasonal temperature change.

In large states with diverse ecosystems, spider activity will vary depending on the specific region and local climate.  Regardless of the season, it’s not uncommon to encounter spiders indoors or outdoors.

Wolf Spider

It’s worth noting that while some of these spiders are venomous, they typically only bite in self-defense and are not aggressive toward humans. So try not pick a fight with them!  

Are spiders beneficial?  YES, for these reasons:

  1. Natural Pest Control
  2. Maintaining Ecological Balance
  3. Reducing Disease Transmission (by eliminating mosquitoes)
  4. Silk Production
  5. Supporting Other Wildlife
  6. Pollination Aid
  7. Research and Medicine

In summary, as the Halloween season approaches, feel free to decorate your home with faux spiderwebs, as they do add to the creepy atmosphere! Better to have spiders and webs as props, than the real thing at home! As always contact the professionals at Massey.