You might be inclined to think that something as reclusive and slow moving as a spider wouldn’t like the big city. This assumption works for most animals and insects, but the opposite is true of spiders. They LOVE New York!
Just as at-home in the middle of a metropolis as out in wild, open spaces, spiders don’t discriminate when it comes to finding a place to string up a web. Many types of spiders have actually evolved to suit city living in particular, and would be lost if taken back to the wild.
The reason for this is simple: people.
Spiders need their food and their food loves people
Well, not just people. Rather, the most prevalent insects in your average major city are flies and mosquitoes, the former because they eat our trash and the latter because they drink our blood. These two species make up a large portion of your average spider’s diet. As such, spiders go where the food is, which in this case is where people are, and that means big cities.
There are other factors at play here, too, of course:
- Buildings provide sturdy anchorage for hanging webs
- Cities often have vast expanses of warm, moist air available year-round
- Abandoned buildings, drain pipes, construction sites, and other empty lots provide predator-free hiding places
- Artificial lighting attracts bugs all night long, when spiders are most active
While spiders love city living, that doesn’t mean you have to accept them moving into your home or apartment. Screens on your windows and sweeps at the bottom of your doors should keep them outside where they belong. If they do get into your house, lay eggs, and cause a problem, don’t hesitate to call Rest Easy Pest Control. We know what to do, and we’re more than happy to do it.