A great article by a professional Arachnologist explaining that if you think you’ve ever been bitten by a spider, you are probably if not definitely mistaken, which is common knowledge to people who understand these animals.
Too bad the idea of spiders regularly biting people is so deeply ingrained in everyone else’s mind.
Seriously you could live in a house with thousands of them and never get bit in your entire life. Not once. That’s exactly the case for one family who lives in a house crawling with recluses.
See also my friend Bug Girl’s (not the same Bug Girl I’m friends with here on Tumblr, a second one!) blog post “WRONG ON THE INTERNET: BOGUS USA SPIDER CHART.”
My favorite fact she points out:
Black widow spiders are found around the United States in large populations, but literally not a single person in America has ever died from one.
It’s not even solidly proven that anyone anywhere has died from a widow.
Fear of spiders is not a natural, understandable defensive response. It is an extremely abnormal psychological quirk inexplicably widespread in just a few countries - primarily English-speaking countries - over only the past century and reinforced by our culture.