Spiders Eat Millions of Insects Every Year

Spiders Eat Millions of Insects Every Year

While we ready ourselves for a Thanksgiving smorgasbord, know that the insect world is also feasting – big time. Just take spiders. Researchers have found that the eight-legged insects could give competitive eaters a run for their money. Let’s take a look at how big their appetite is.

With few exceptions, spiders are carnivores, and their primary source of sustenance is other insects making them a natural deterrent to the pest population. A study published by researchers in the journal The Science of Nature found that spiders, whose numbers quantified in weight are estimated to be 27 million tons, consume between 440 and 880 million tons of insects per year. Wow! To compare, humans around the world eat around 440 million tons of meat and fish per year.

The study showcases the importance that spiders play in natural habitats by drastically cutting down on the insect populous at large. While spiders are beneficial in the forest, if they start to become a problem in your home, contact your local Orkin professional to schedule an inspection and customize a plan that’s right for you.

Sources:
“An estimated 400–800 million tons of prey are annually killed by the global spider community” The Science of Nature