Originally Posted by tager
A dearly departed friend taught me that if you stop killing spiders and destroying their homes, they will not bite you. I have not been bitten, stung, or harassed by any bugs since. Over a year now.
What utter nonsense! Like they are a sentient creature that can bear a grudge!
Spiders usually bite due to a pinch incident - when they are sandwiched between your skin and, say, a sheet, a cushion, or your clothing
. It's their (only) form of self-defence. But they got there by accident
, when exploring. They have no interest at all in humans.
I was once bitten when I put on a shirt that had a spider inside.
The only medically significant spiders in the US are the brown recluse, and the black widow. Here in California
we only have to worry about the black widow. They are so shy and retiring, though, that they aren't usually a problem.