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Whether you're terrified of spiders or, if you're like me, you're terrified of spiders but try to be cool about it because they're such a horror fan's animal, it's generally agreed that our little arachnid housemates don't exactly have the best reputation. They're all spindly, they run weird, they have completely alien-looking faces, they eat their parents/children/lovers, and they sort of lurk in a way that is completely inappropriate.
But, ugh, it turns out we should be nicer to them.
First off, most of those deadly spider bites are actually really rare. While all spiders are venomous, most do no have fangs strong enough to penetrate human skin. Even those spiders that have medically significant bites, like the black widow and the brown recluse, are very seldom fatal.
In fact, spiders probably save more lives than they take. One of the most dangerous threats to humanity is the mosquitos that carry malaria, but the jumping spiders in Africa feed on those, saving the lives of people by devouring the carriers of disease.
So, in other words, you can think of spiders as your very own personal bug catcher. Try and keep that in mind the next time you're surprised by one crawling on your face at night. In the meantime, enjoy this cute little cartoon featuring Lucas the Spider.