People are often afraid of
spiders because of their
ill-deserved reputation for envenomizing
victims. In fact, most
spiders do not have mouthparts
strong enough to penetrate skin.
Spiders are considered beneficial
arthropods because they often
prey on insects that we consider
nuisances. Homeowners should
leave spiders alone if the spiders
are in their natural habitat such as
the yard or garden. However, the
brown recluse, Loxosceles reclusa,
is an exception.