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 thoughts on “What to Do When You See a Spider”

  1. I saw quite alote of different types of spider before! But every time I saw an insects all that comes to my head is that…. " You don't live in fear you don't live in fear." While that I walk away from that spider nest, and everything was totally fine. If you don't attack than first than they'll live you in piece.😀😇😇😇🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻👋🏻😂🤣😂🤣😅👍🏻

  2. I about peed my pants I put this hair on I just got a leg spider! I did not scream but I tried to killed it with the remote but that didn’t work so I got up and got a globe and hit it with that

  3. Video: What to do if you see a spider?
    Me answering the question: Scream as loud as you can and run away so fast like you saw a ghost.

  4. When I see a spider and a stink bug I…

    Spider: TOO LATE IM ALREADY EATING IT

    Me: Okay your staying here forever until u die

  5. Daddy Long Legs' are not spiders. They are close relatives, but not related. They are scavengers, so they also lack venom, and they have fangs too small to pierce human skin. Yes, there is a Daddy Long Legs Spider, but they are a type of cellar spider. They have a low risk venom are not a danger to humans, dogs, and even cats and large rats. I'm not a biologist, but I'm a big fact person, and I am fascinated by all types of arachnids, insects, and other small creatures with exoskeletons.

  6. What do you do when you see a spider
    Me eat it that’s what I did to a red back spider ok 🕷🕷🕷🕷🕷🕷🕷🕷🕷

  7. I live in the uk so there are no venomous spiders but when I see one I scream loud enough to deafen australia

  8. just wanna let you guys know that tarantulas are beautiful and quite interesting. And their bite is only as potent as a bee sting…. ok bye

  9. Title:What to do when u see spider?

    Me:Calls mom
    Mom:what
    Me:ITS SPIDER!!!!!!
    Mom:calm down its just friend its little bit hurt you just looks scary its not snake snake can hurt u too much
    Me:ok im calm downed

    Me:but its impossible to "spider is ur friend"

  10. Spiders like to crawl on me. Living in the desert has actually desensitized me to spiders because I've lost track of how many crawl on me and my bed -_-

  11. Im scared of spiders because they could crawl on you at night and they can hatch thousandths of eggs in your house! And the webs!😨😨😨😓

  12. todayy i saw small spider next to my bed and while i went after my shoe it left now i can’t sleep😂😭🤦🏻‍♀️

  13. WELL SOME RANDOM STRIPED DARK AND LIGHT BROWN SPIDER CRAWLED ON MEEEEE WHEN I WAS JUST WAKING UP!!!!!!!!!!!! i-i-is it venomous

  14. im not scared of piders i just dont like them touching me but hey if we are not touching then me and the spider our friends but if it touches me then ill squish it

  15. Nooope! I ain’t scared of spiders now BUT I do scream and run out of the room if I see any bugs.
    I even scream and run out if I see a darn fly!!

  16. Title : what do I do when I see a spider ?

    Call the police and destroy the house

    P.s.:I love spider for some reason

  17. I mean there is a spider on my ceiling right above my bed so AMA just scoot to the living room also thanks for reminding me that there are lots of spiders in my house 😂

  18. What to Do When You See a Spider
    BRIGHT SIDE: actual good tips
    What to Do When You See a Spider

    me: insect killer: nah
    move out: nah
    super extinction bomb: yes

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *