While many of us are afraid of spiders, you really shouldn’t fear. Besides the potential to gain superpowers, the eight-legged arachnids are actually beneficial, says an entomologist. In a piece for The Conversation, North Carolina State University’s Matt Bertone writes, “I know it may be hard to convince you, but let me try: Don’t kill the next spider you see in your home.”
According to the expert, most spiders aren’t out to harm humans and perform an important task by eating disease-carrying insects like mosquitos.
Bertone points out that bites are actually pretty rare, even from dangerous species like widow spiders and recluses.