Spiders: Care and Feeding of your Roommates

“The bird a nest, the spider a web, man friendship.” ~ William Blake

spiderScareI posted a funny picture on FB regarding spiders and a friend of mine said, “Spiders looking to our homes for winter refuge is a misconception. I only learned this a few years ago myself. Essentially, the spider activity you see is males looking for mates; it’s the only thing that drives a spider to wander around (wandering is dangerous!).

Indoor spiders placed outside (and any outdoor spiders that make it inside) are more than likely going to die very quickly. Indoor spiders have adapted to live in our homes, they spend their entire lives there; they aren’t adapted to living outdoors (and vice versa). And this from an arachnophobe..”

Then there was this: Myth: Spiders come indoors in the Fall that asserts:

This seemingly simple idea conceals many false assumptions. In reality, house spiders are usually not the same speciesas the yard or garden spiders outside the house.

“House spiders belong to a small number of species specially adapted for indoor conditions (constant climate, poor food supply, very poor water supply). Some house spider species have been living indoors at least since the days of the Roman Empire, and are seldom to be found outside, even in their native countries (usually Europe). Many of these species now live in houses worldwide, and most have been carried by commerce to more than one continent. Few are adapted to North American outdoor environments.”

Another very smart, funny and cute friend of mine noted:

“I heard that house spiders only want two things: food and sex. They’re not interested in anything else. Ever since I started looking at them like stoned freeloader roommates, I’ve been less afraid of them.”


I have to say, the last time there was a rather large spider in my house I grabbed it up and threw it outside. The chickens ate it before it even hit the ground! The indoor cats like to “play” with spiders too.

About Gandalfe

Just an itinerant saxophonist trying to find life between the changes. I have retired from the Corps of Engineers and Microsoft. I am an admin on the Woodwind Forum, run the Seattle Solid GOLD Big Band (formerly the Microsoft Jumpin' Jive Orchestra) a GOLD sax quartet, and enjoy time with family and friends.
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1 Response to Spiders: Care and Feeding of your Roommates

  1. Bertie says:

    I cannot allow a spider to be my room mate. They always bite me, and it hurts for a long time. What makes them think they will find a mate inside our house? I know, they don’t think. 🙂 But having grown up with Black Widows, and knowing a friend got heart disease for the rest of her life from the Recluse Spider, I will never be comfortable with them. They are not welcome in my home. Our cats pounce and eat them, and I wonder if they get a poison one, will they get sick. But so far, so good. Good and interesting post, Jim. Even a bit of humor. Well done. 🙂

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