You may not be planning too many guests in your home this fall, but anyway some surprising visitors may be wandering around your living room: spiders.
Autumn is the time when the leaves fall and the temperature drops, but it is also the time when most spiders begin mating. Also, while you’ll definitely see spiders in your home all year round, you’re more likely to see one sprint around your home in the fall, as spiders are more likely to be looking for a partner. increase.
Jason Dunlop, a researcher at the Humboldt Museum in Berlin, said spiders usually mature in the spring or summer. As autumn approaches, mature male spiders, which usually live for only a year, leave the net in search of females.
“Women release a chemical called pheromones, a type of perfume. This can be felt by men with special hair on their feet. Wandering males are basically looking for mature females. “Dunlop told USA Today.
Another reason for males to roam is that females stay by the net, saving the energy needed to spawn, according to Rod Crawford, a spider curator at the Burke Museum of Natural History, University of Washington.
When men develop functional genitals, they stop looking for prey and instead look for a partner.
“It’s what he keeps doing for the rest of his life, which will be relatively short at that point because you’ll eventually starve when you’re not looking for prey,” Crawford said.
Female spiders can be found almost anywhere, inside or outside the home. This can be a fairly difficult journey for a man trying to slip into a DM. So if you happen to find it in your house, it’s possible that a man is just looking for a woman.
“Suddenly, there is a false perception that there are far more spiders than before, but that’s not the case. Anne Danielson Francois, an associate professor of biological sciences at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, said: Stated.
There is no exact schedule for when spiders will appear, as some spiders, including giant house spiders, have already begun mating in the Seattle area, Crawford said. It usually stands out from September to October.
Danielson-Francois says people often think that the appearance of spiders correlates with Halloween, but it doesn’t have to be creepy.
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“People shouldn’t rush to call a pest control agency,” said Danielson-Francois. “They aren’t interested in setting up a store at home.”
Another reason you don’t have to worry, according to Crawford, is that almost every house spider is harmless.
Experts say people shouldn’t kill these spiders, even if they can’t stand them. As Dunlop pointed out, spiders control many insects, including mosquitoes.
Dunlop said the worst thing a spider can do for you is to give you a “troublesome surprise,” and Crawford said that spider bites “never disappear in your personal life.” ..
Danielson-Francois said that if you really can’t handle spiders, you just move to the garage, basement, or attic.
“I advocate that people get to know them, not be afraid of them, and keep them, but I find it not straightforward.”
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This article was originally published in USA TODAY: Do you see spiders in your home?Autumn is the mating season, but don’t panic