Do Spiders Attack Humans?


No spiders usually do not attack humans at least not unless they are forced to or feel threatened. Spiders are very much not interested in biting humans intentionally as not only are we not their food, they also do not perceive us as a threat as long as we control ourselves from poking them. The best way to put it is that we are like “walking trees” or swaying trees” for spiders, which means they have no malice against us whatsoever and would only become defensive if the walking tree tries to poke it or hurt it.

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Another very important thing to note at this point is that most of the spiders out there do not have good eyesight and hence cannot even see too far so they won’t even know that you’re there if you maintain a small distance.

Spiders are the most widely inhabited anthropods which means that they are not in anyway insects. Yes, you heard that right spiders are not insects. So why are you reading this blogpost under the name “Insect101” because spiders are commonly perceived as insects and leaving behind our favorite and coolest crawling creeps would be such a loss!

How Do Spiders Bite You?

Spiders usually have fangs that they use whilst taking a bite at their opponent, whilst taking the bite, they are also using their legs to grapple their opponent as hard as they can. Venomous spiders produce and pump their venom into their prey using these very fangs. Another very interesting thing to note at this point is that spiders like the black widow before actually biting their opponent fully first do a warning bite in which they do not pump as much as venom and this bite is supposed to act as the warning for their opponent to move away or not disturb them. And then they go on to bite their opponent with the real deal. However deadly spiders like the funnel-web spiders do not do a warning bite and bite as hard as possible and pump as much venom as possible into their

Can Spider Bites Be Dangerous?

Yes, there are quite a few spiders, a bite from which can put you very well on your way to a hospital, but not only are they not in our proximity, even if one of them gets near us, they really aren’t interested in biting humans at least not unless they are highly disturbed or threatened again and again. So most of the times spiders do not pose much of a problem and even the worst of them do not want to bite you whatsoever

90% of the spiders are venomous which means they excrete poison and embed it into their oponenent’s body. But Spiders just are not interested in humans

Do Spider’ Bites Hurt?

Yes, spider bites do hurt, but the intensity of the pain depends on the species of the spider that bit you. There aer some spiders that do not hurt much while other slike the red back spiders can make people surffer excruciating pains and send people on theiir way to the hospital

Things To Do When Bit By A Spider

Most of the times bites by spiders are usually nothing to worry about and the pain would subside just like with the honeybee. However, if you feel pain spreading and abnormaliaties then you should definitely head towards the hospital.

Some of the things that you can do to treat the usual spider bites include the following:

  • Icing the affected area can help numb the area, and reduce swelling
  • Raising ( elevating ) the affected area over your body. This can help reduce the overall swelling
  • Elevate the area to reduce swelling.
  • You can also take an antihistamine to help with the itching
  • You can apply any kind of antibiotic ointment that you have with you.
  • Celaning the area with soap and water can also be quite helpful as it helps neutralize the effect of the acidic venom to some extent

Some Of The Spiders With The Most Dangerous Venom

Black Widow

Black widow spiders are probably the most famous in this list. They are highly venomous, and they are named ‘Black Widow’ because after mating they kill the male spiders. They are 1 inch long and their male counterparts, which are seldom seen are about 0.25 inches long. They can also be uniquely identified as they have an hourglass shape on their abdomen which is red in color.

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They are widespread in North America and they have enough venom to kill humans, but very rarely do humans die from their bite if treated well. Mostly infants and elders are at risk of death. Their bite feels like a pinprick on the skin and can cause muscle cramps and nausea.

Brown Widow

Brown Widow spiders are also widespread around the world and can be seen making their homes in buildings and under automobiles. This spider has a brownish appearance and markings which can differ from dark-brown, black, yellow, white, or orange in color. They also have an hourglass design on their underside but unlike the black widow spiders, it’s orange in color.

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Brown Widow spider’s venom is much stronger than that of Black Widow spider, almost two times. However, the species is not aggressive and it injects only a small amount of venom. Their bites can kill humans if the bite is not treated properly and in time.

Red Widow

Another one from the widow family, this spider is differentiated from other widow spiders because it has red legs and cephalothorax. They are 1.5 to 2 inches long and they also have a red hourglass marking on the underside of their abdomen.

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They are widespread in Florida but researchers think they might be spreading to other areas as well. They feed mainly on insects and are not aggressive towards humans. However, they may bite humans while protecting their eggs. The bite of a red widow spider is similar to that of a black widow spider, similarly, it has the same symptoms and death is rare given the bite is properly treated.

Redback Spider

The redback spider is another one from the family of black widow spiders, but they are not as widely spread as the black widow. It is native to Australia but now has spread to other countries like New Zealand. It is widespread in Australia found in almost all areas. It is named because it has an hourglass shape on its black back.

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These spiders are not aggressive and they like to play dead when disturbed, but a female spider who is defending its eggs may bite. Bites also occur when these spiders are stuck in shoes and clothes. They are highly venomous and their bites cause pain, sweating, raised heartbeat, and swollen lymph nodes. They rarely cause death, but it mostly depends on how much venom is delivered to the body.

Funnel-Web Spiders

These spiders are named because they make funnel-shaped webs, they are spread in North America, South America, and Australia. These are large bulky spiders which are heavily feared because they are highly venomous. Several human deaths have been recorded since the 1920s, and although an antidote has been developed. It has to be supplied soon after the bite or the bite may cause death.

White Widow Spiders

White widow spiders are highly venomous and are mostly found in Russia, Kazakhstan, and some other Asian countries. Unlike most widow species that are black in color, this spider is of a lighter color although the shape of the spider looks similar to other widow spiders.

White widow spiders also kill their male counterparts after mating, and they are capable of killing infants but it is very unlikely for them to be able to kill adult humans

Hopefully, this article was helpful in answering a few of your spider related questions, if you have any further related questions feel free to use the comment section below. Moreover, if you want to know an answer to whether insects seek and take revenge, we have a great article written on just that, you can give that a look “here“. And if you want to go through some interesting facts about insects, natgeokids has a great article written on that, you can give that a look “here

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