All Creatures Great and Small

Are spiders dangerous?

Here is some information on spiders. They can be very dangerous. In one case, a woman jumped out of her car while she was driving because she saw a spider on her shoulder. The car was wrecked. In another case, a woman saw a spider on her rear-view mirror and panicked and ran off the road. She wasn’t hurt but her car was wrecked. In another situation, a spider got loose from a cage on an airplane, forcing the plane to land as soon as possible. I guess they were afraid the spider would kill all the passengers. Then there was a guy who tried to kill a spider with a cigarette lighter at a gas station and ignited a big fire from the gas. And then there was the fellow in Seattle who found a spider in his house and decided to kill it with a lighter and a can of spray paint. He burned his house down. So, spiders can be dangerous, wrecking cars, causing emergency plane landings and starting fires.

In reality, spiders don’t sit around every morning discussing how many people they can kill. They simply try to make a living like all of us. The female will build a web, lay an egg sac and gather food. If she is in your house, she will pay rent by helping control cockroaches. She will defend herself and her children, but we do that to. If you have to control spiders, simply scoop them up in a jar and put them outside. If they build webs in areas where you don’t want them want them to, spray the area with peppermint essential oil. That will repel them.  If you have any pest questions, you can contact me at


About askthebugman

I have been in the pest management industry for over 40 years. In that time I have used almost every pesticide available to control so-called “pests”. With this experience, I have learned over the years that the pesticides we use are far more dangerous than the pests we are trying to control. As a result, it has become a passion for me to improve the quality of life for humans and the planet, by assisting people to not only become more educated and aware of their environment – but also by learning to manage their home and business with a sustainable and healthier approach to tending to unwanted infestations of bugs. Please enjoy my blog posts, check out my publications, utilize my services, or simply stay in touch if you have a bug question…


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