Myth: How could insects be biting me? I see only spiders

October 27, 2015
Rod Crawford

Myth: How could insects be biting me? I see only spiders in the house!

Fact: Ah, but spiders are exclusively predators. Essentially all the food a spider consumes in its lifetime is other small living creatures, mainly insects. House spiders may be more conspicuous than household insects, but they could not live there without insects to eat. And if they were not there, there'd be a lot more insects!

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