With temperatures falling faster than your GPA post-midterms, spiders are storming your house and the internet really wants you to know.
With multiple viral articles featuring the lives of spiders on Buzzfeed, Unilad, and elsewhere, it’s easy to think that social sites are trying to spook all the arachnophobes out there, but the truth is spider season — when spiders move indoors to avoid the cold — is real and well documented in Ontario.
Back in 2012, the City of Toronto, the Royal Ontario Museum, the University of Toronto, and others created a 52-page guide to the Spiders of Toronto.
Young spiders that weren’t already in your house might stumble in at night when it cools down looking for a nice winter home. If that’s not creepy enough for you, other spiders are simply biding their time until the spring.
“[Some] spiders stop eating and may even purposely become dehydrated. In this way, freezing does not damage them. Once the weather warms up, they rehydrate and look for a meal,” reads the guide.
Unfortunately, it seems that every page across social media has chosen to document spiders this fall. Culturally, spiders have been spliced into western horror for ages, with negative symbolic and literal adaptations of them in every art form and medium.
Is this a good time to mention that (spoiler alert) the White Walkers in Game of Thrones ride huge giant spiders in the books? The TV adaptation may constantly eff with your emotions, but at least it knows that giant spiders are just too much.
The truth is these spiders don’t deserve such a bad rap! They’re mostly harmless critters, not unlike little doggos.
“Most spiders are nocturnal, shy, and avoid conflict by running away. They will only bite if they feel threatened (for example, being squeezed or held),” reads a Government of Canada Pest Control profile.
Now that we know that, we just have to worry about the clown-spider hybrid that’s probably coming to theatres on Sept. 6, 2019.
Photo by Alora Griffiths/The Ontarion.