Whether you love or loathe spiders, you may be surprised to learn of the significant role they play in controlling pests in your home, garden and yard.
Two dangerous spiders: The brown recluse (top most) prefers to lurk in the seldom- disturbed areas of homes, such as basements, closet corners and behind furniture. The female black widow (above) is perhaps the most harmful spider to humans. It prefers outdoor habitat under many kinds of debris, but also may come indoors.
Photos courtesy G.W. Willis/ Animals Animals
Thousands of dewy spider webs at dawn in the White Mountains of Arizona.
Photo courtesy Bob & Suzanne Clemenz
The fierce-looking but harmless jumping spider.
Photo courtesy Mark Moffett/Minden Pictures
To witness up close the amazing art of cobweb building, cut the flaps off a box, poke holes for ventilation and cover one side with plastic wrap.