Insects look like creatures from another world. Their appearances are very foreign to us as mammals. But no insect invites more fear than the look of the spider. This fear is for very good reason. Spiders are very formidable predators and many have a venomous and poisonous bite. But understanding these creatures helps us to understand the world that we live in. Why do spiders have eight eyes? The short answer is because they can’t turn their heads and having multiple eyes gives them the ability to see around them better.

While many spiders have eight eyes, some have fewer. But all spiders use two different kinds of eyes. They have primary eyes and secondary eyes. The primary eyes are used mostly for imaging and seeing what’s around them while the secondary eyes take in more shadows and shades of light. These eyes are spaced around their head usually in some form of semi circle that gives them 180° of vision. This can be very important for their hunting capabilities and many spiders jump or move quickly. This helps them in their agility.


Spiders actually have a weaker sense of vision then we give them credit for. Spiders interact with the world much more with touch and smell than they do with their vision. But still, these arachnids need to interact with the world in different ways in order to survive. Our eyes are large and complex and found at the front of our face. We have two eyes in order to be able to judge distances. Our brains compare the differences in the images we get from our two eyes and are able to make that judgment. Our eyes are complicated and do many things at one time. Call your Broken Arrow exterminator for more information.  

Spider eyes are far simpler and are mostly use for hunting. Jumping spiders tend to have more eyes around their head in order to see their prey. They use their larger primary eyes in order to identify their prey and then the secondary eyes to see movement of other predators and other prey in the area. They have multiple  primary eyes that give them the ability to judge distance as well and make the correct distance leaps. Other spiders throw nets of webbing in order to catch their prey. These usually have very large eyes in the front. This gives them the ability to aim and judge distances.


Spiders use the hair on their legs and bodies to sense their surroundings. They don’t have the ability to taste in their mouth, so they use the hairs on their legs to sense the chemical properties of the things around them in order to determine if something is edible or not. They also can hear with the hairs on their legs. In mammals, our ears have hairs inside them that move with the sound waves traveling through the air. The hairs on spiders legs work the same way they just are not inside an ear. Smell is also accomplished through the hairs on the legs and body of the spider.

Spider senses are very acute. And an orb spider weaves the web and then waits for its prey to land in the web. It will sit on the middle or edge of the web using its sense of feeling to feel when the web has been disturbed. It can sense the difference between a small breeze, a large animal breaking down the web or an insect ready to be eaten. Many spiders are found in dark places such as caves. The spiders have no eyes or eyes that are no longer useful. They completely rely on their sense of smell, feel and taste to know what’s going on around them, where their prey and where the predators are.  Your Tulsa pest control company can lend you a hand.  


Here in Oklahoma, we’re mostly concerned with spiders in our homes. We have two poison spiders here. The black widow is a famous for its venomous bite. It’s a relatively hairless spider that likes to hang upside down with a red hourglass shape on its belly. It’s known as the Black widow because during the mating process the male will often be consumed by the female. The spiders have a very dangerous bite and if you have been bitten by a black widow or you believe that you’ve been bitten by a black widow it’s important to seek medical attention immediately. Call your Broken Arrow pest control company for help with these pests.  

The second venomous spider that’s a danger to humans in Oklahoma is the brown recluse. The spider as its name implies is a hider. It doesn’t create large netlike webs like the orb spider, but sneaks around and seeks to surprise its prey. It’s a jumping spider much like the ones we talked about above. The spiders prefer to be indoors when they can. They also will hide under beds or in closets. They fear humans and seek to stay away from us as much as possible, but when they come in contact is when you can have an issue. Often they’ll hide in shoes or other personal items and if you put your foot inside that shoe without realizing there’s a spider in it, the brown recluse can feel threatened and therefore strike.


When poisonous spiders bite, they don’t have to inject the venom. It takes a lot of energy to create the venom that they use to hunt with. And predominantly their venoms are used for that purpose. When they have to use them for defense, it’s very expensive to their life needs. Because of this you may get bitten by one of the spiders without having any side effects. But if the spider decided to put a small amount of venom or the full dose, you could be in serious trouble. Again seek medical attention if you’ve been bitten or believe you’ve been bitten by either of the spiders.

If you’re having an issue with spiders or any other past it’s time to call in the Tulsa exterminator they can help you with this problem. Here at TermMax Pest Control, we are the best in the business when it comes with dealing with spiders and other insects. We serves the greater Tulsa area including Catoosa, Claremore, Broken Arrow, Sand Springs, Coweta, Turley, Bixby, Jenks, Prattville, Sapulpa, Owasso and much more. Call us today for a free estimate. We’re here to help!

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