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Why fear Spiders , Spiders should fear Us

September 20, 2011

Arachnophobia or arachnephobia (from the Greek: ἀράχνη, aráchnē, “spider” and φόβος, phóbos, “fear”) is a specific phobia, the fear of spiders and other arachnids.It is a manifestation of zoophobia, among the most common of all phobias.[1]The reactions of arachnophobics often seem irrational to others (and sometimes to the sufferers themselves). People with arachnophobia tend to feel uneasy in any area they believe could harbor spiders or that has visible signs of their presence, such as webs. If arachnophobics see a spider, they may not enter the general vicinity until they have overcome the panic attack that is often associated with their phobia. In some extreme cases, even a picture or a realistic drawing of a spider can also trigger fear.

Arachnophobia is one of the most common phobias in the World.

Amazing Video of  Jumping Spider Navigation skills and Jumps shot by Me Wildsemper Salman Khan 

Why People fear Spiders

Spiders are mostly harmless creatures that tend to live their lifes and donot interfere with humans.  Fear of Spiders is found around the world and in most cultures Spiders are  have been the focus of fears, stories and mythologies of various cultures for centuries. They have symbolized patience due to their hunting technique of setting webs and waiting for prey, as well as mischief and malice for the painful death their venom causes.So Fear of Spiders is mosty generated by Cultural and Psychological Negative portrayal of Spiders by people.

 Orb weaver spider in karachi, Pakistan

Benefits of Spiders to Humans

Spiders benefits humans by killing crop pests and other disease carrying  insects. Their services are rendered without any charges and they benefits can save us billons of dollars in what we tend to waste on Pesticides and deadly chemical to kill pests and disease carring insects.

Spider venoms may be a less polluting alternative to conventional pesticides as they are deadly to insects but the great majority are harmless to vertebrates. Australian funnel web spiders are a promising source as most of the world’s insect pests have had no opportunity to develop any immunity to their venom, and funnel web spiders thrive in captivity and are easy to “milk”. It may be possible to target specific pests by engineering genes for the production of spider toxins into viruses that infect species such as cotton bollworms.

Possible medical uses for spider venoms are being investigated, for the treatment of cardiac arrhythmiaAlzheimer’s disease, strokes,and erectile dysfunction.

Because spider silk is both light and very strong, attempts are being made to produce it in goats‘ milk and in the leaves of plants, by means of genetic engineering.

 

Spiders vital to ecosystems

Although spiders do not generally attract much public sympathy or attention, they play an important role as predators within terrestrial ecosystems. Spiders are also important to humans in controlling pest species

Why Should Spider fear Humans ?

Spiders in decline

Ladybird spider (eresus-sandaliatus) are Endagered in United kingdom

Mexican Red-kneed Tarantula (Brachypelma smithi) are Endangered in Mexico 

The researchers focused mainly on three ecosystems: agricultural land, pasture and forest. By combining the results of studies undertaken since the 1980s, they showed that human actions have had damaging impacts on spider numbers in farmland and pastures. The results for forests were less clear.

Rameshwaram Parachute spider (Poecilotheria hanumavilasumica) in India

Growing threats

Spiders face a range of threats, including changes in vegetation structure due to fire, grazing and crop-growing. In forests, habitat fragmentation may be a problem, and the use of insecticides can also have an impact on spider populations. These threats may also affect the availability of the spiders’ prey.

The researchers proposed a number of solutions to protect spider populations, including a reduction in mechanical alterations to the land from activities such as ploughing, cutting and grazing. They also recommended that habitat fragmentation should be avoided and the use of insecticides controlled, and concluded that organic farming was likely to be of benefit to spiders

Unfortunately, spider conservation has not been a high priority and the status of most species has not yet been formally assessed. Declining spider populations are a reminder of the importance of conserving less popular and less well-known animals, which are just as vital to natural ecosystems as their more charismatic counterparts.

 

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  2. November 13, 2011 3:35 pm

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  3. November 13, 2011 3:34 pm

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