January 22, 2018
Although spiders play important roles in terrestrial ecosystems and are negatively impacted by human activity, they have received little attention from the US conservation community, but without spiders we could face a famine. They are very important in controlling agricultural pests, especially in organic farming.
Did you know that the spiders on one acre of woodland alone consume more than 80 pounds of insects each year? Clearly, those insect populations would explode without their spider predators. So, the next time you see a spider, thank it for doing a good job and leave it alone.