Did you know that spiders will rarely bite you?

Spiders, despite their bad press (and the significant percentage of people who are phobic towards them), are usually our allies. Despite the fact that thousands of bites from them are reported around the world every year, it is actually quite rare for a spider to bite a human being.

In fact, most bites are actually cases of infections due to resistant MRSA bacteria misdiagnosed by patients and doctors.

Spiders use their venom mostly for their prey, not for defense. For spiders, then, it is almost always easier to flee than to fight. There’s even a study that tried to calculate how many times you need to harass a spider to get it to bite you. It was carried out with 43 black widow spiders and they had to bite an artificial finger.

After seventy pushes with the artificial fingers, no spider bit:

The only time the study found that a black widow bit the artificial fingers was when the fingers were intentionally used three times in a row to crush the spider. Sixty percent of spiders caught three times in a row between two artificial fingers bite. And even then the spiders released venom only half the time, so half the bites weren’t problematic, just painful. Venom is expensive to spiders, and they are not about to waste it on us; they reserve it for mosquitoes and house flies.

That does not mean that there are no bites, but that they are very unlikely. The banana spider, Brazilian wandering spider or armadeira, for example, is the most poisonous spider in the world (0.006 milligrams of its venom is enough to kill a mouse), and produces more than 2,700 bites per year in Brazil (although only two or three deaths ).

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