This section is for questions about spiders and insects that do not fit elsewhere. If you have a question about spiders or insects of any type, post it here for everyone to see. I am not an expert, but I do my very best to make sure your comments and pictures are posted as soon as possible so others can help. If you found a spider and are looking for more information, our Spider Identification will help.
Have a web in the house and not sure what type of spider made it? Our section on Spider Webs will provide you with more information.
One question about spiders that keeps popping up is how many spiders does humans eat without knowing it? The common response is that one to two spiders per day make their way into your mouth and trigger an involuntary response that causes a person to swallow the spiders.
That’s hogwash and in fact, spiders will avoid you when they can. Most of us sleep with our mouths closed unless we are snoring, and even sleeping, spiders crawling on your face will likely be brushed off before they would ever make their way into your mouth. Breathing alone would be enough to dissuade most spiders from crawling up your nose or into your mouth.
Chances are, you’ll eat more spiders than you’ll find crawling around your body. Did you know that the Food and Drug Administration has a set of guidelines that allow insects and parts to be included in certain food products? It applies to fruits and veggies, such as apples with worms, etc.