Category Archives: Arachnids

insects and bugs

What’s the Difference Between Bugs and Insects?

Even though the words “bug” and “insect” are often used interchangeably in conversation, the truth is there are distinct scientific differences between the two. It’s not a big deal to us whether you say “bug” or “insect”

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Spider silhouette

The Spooky Truth About Spiders

Do you have an intense fear of spiders? You’re not alone—studies suggest around five percent of the global population suffers from arachnophobia. But what is it about spiders that’s so

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Sac Spider

Common Spiders Found on Long Island

Spider webs and spiders seem to surround us at Halloween!  You have spider decorations and real live spiders that you suddenly notice around your home. All spiders produce silk which they may use to catch prey, cover their eggs or travel. With over 3,000 species of spiders in North America alone, you are bound to run into one or two.

European Garden Spider

Tips for How to Keep Spiders Out of Your House

Spider webs and spiders are generally creepy. They hang out in corners of your basement, get tangled in your face and remind everyone of Halloween.

When you walk through a spider web, you can almost imagine being trapped in the web. Spider webs are made of a silk material that is stronger than steel. The web can stretch to 140 percent of its length. Spider webs or cobwebs are designed to capture insects which the spiders eat for food.  Some spiders do not use a spider web; instead, they chase prey, lay in wait or go underwater to eat.

Large spider on wall

How to Keep Spiders Out of Your Home

Spider sightings seem more common during the fall as more people rummage through basements, attics and garages to store away remnants of summer activities and retrieve decorations for upcoming holidays.