My Irrational Fear of Spiders

I say irrational because I know I should not fear them the way I do but I can’t help it. I even dream about them. Nightmares of the worst kind.. Like them crawling up my leg or getting tangled in my long hair.

Why Do I fear Spiders?

Well, it’s not only because they are really poisonous, but these creepy crawlers have hairy legs as well! They crawl up on vertical walls, slide into crevices and can even detach themselves off the ceiling and slide down on a thin thread to land on you, your clothes and your food.
Their bite is so bad it does not go away for years (I’ve had one on my shoulder for three years now) and it really hurts.
No, they don’t transform you into Spiderman or let you swing off buildings… they just creep you out.

There are two spiders in the United States that can produce severe or even fatal bites. They are the black widow spider (Latrodectus mactans) and the brown recluse spider (Loxosceles reclusa). Black widows are shiny black, with a bright red “hourglass” on the underside of the abdomen. The venom of the black widow is neurotoxic and affects the nervous system. About four or five of each 1,000 black widow bites have been reported as fatal. Brown recluse spiders have a violin-shaped strip on their back. The venom of the brown recluse is hemolytic and causes the death of tissues and skin surrounding the bite. Their bite can be mild to serious and sometimes fatal.

Plus they are ugly!!!
So many eyes, massive fangs and hairy backs…

Why I shouldn’t hate spiders?

The true number of spiders people swallow while sleeping each year has finally been revealed. Zero.

I saw some spider expert at a museum in Seattle interviewed and she said the idea that there would be some wandering, suicidal spider in the vicinity of your mouth…and that they’d actually wander into the wet breathing space and then trigger your swallowing reflex — the chances of that happening are virtually non existent.

Most spiders are harmless organisms that, rather than being dangerous to humans, are actually allies in the continuing battle to control insects. Most venom produced by spiders to kill prey is usually harmless to humans.

What’s your take?


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