Brace yourself: if they organized, spiders could eat everyone on earth in less than 1 year.
Terrifying thought, isn’t it? It gets worse: according to research published last month in The Science of Nature, eating all of the humans on the planet still wouldn’t be enough to fill them up. Yes, that’s how many spiders there really are.
Spiders Could Eat Everyone
We can thank Martin Nyffeler and Klaus Birkhofer for this disturbing information. These 2 scientists calculated the total weight of the prey devoured by spiders each year. The disturbing total? Up to 800 million tons.
To put that large figure in perspective, they then calculated the weight of all humans on the planet. According to The Washington Post ” The total biomass of all adult humans on Earth is estimated to be 287 million tons. Even if you tack on another 70 million-ish tons to account for the weight of kids, it’s still not equal to the total amount of food eaten by spiders in a given year…”
So basically, if the spiders decided to eat humans instead of their regular prey, all of humanity would be little more than an appetizer to these creepy crawlers.
Fearing a spider apocalypse? Relax! The good news is that spiders don’t prefer humans or consider them prey. Most spider bites on humans are the result of the spider feeling threatened. They’re just trying to stay alive. A spider apocalypse isn’t likely any time soon.
Ready for more good news? Spiders prey on household pests. The approximately 800 million tons they consume each year are a mashup of insects, rodents, lizards, and even snakes. Believe it or not, spiders are nature’s best pest control technicians.
If you’re still not interested in hosting a house full of spiders- and really, who is?- then your best defense is to keep your house free of their favorite foods. Spiders don’t set up shop in spots without plenty of prey. If you want to keep the number of spider visitors down, make sure you have an effective pest control program in place.
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