Is there a better day than Halloween to celebrate and learn more about spiders? When else can you dress up like one or put a plastic spider on someone’s chair and make them jump to the ceiling without being considered really strange?
If you’re like me and enjoy spiders, then you should plan a visit to the Los Angeles County Natural History Museum’s Spider Pavilion and discover the fascinating world of spiders.
Some of you might find spiders a little creepy and would rather walk across hot coals than get near one, and you might be surprised to know that I once found them a little creepy too! Unexpectedly walking into a web was one of my greatest fears, having done so several times.
However, given the opportunity to study them closely for years, including some of the most venomous species, I’ve been awestruck by the things I learned and I’ve found spiders really quite fascinating in a strange kind of way! For example, did you know all spiders produce silk but not all spiders spin webs?
Spiders are so interesting that Western Exterminator and I are proud long-time supporters of the L.A. Country Natural History Museum’s annual Spider Pavilion which is going on right now. This is just one of many community events throughout California, Arizona and Nevada which showcase the fascinating world of bugs that we at Western like to sponsor.
At this year’s Spider Pavilion you can see spiders from as far away as Malaysia and as near as the Los Angeles River. More than 500 of these creepy, crawly insects call the pavilion home during its six-week stint each fall at the museum. As you walk through the pavilion you experience these spiders’ natural habitats, view them from as far away or as up close as you’re comfortable with (I like to get real close!) and most importantly see the world as they do.
Among the spiders you can visit are the golden silk spider (one of North America’s largest), the jewel garden spider (they like to spin their webs high above ground), the giant wood spider (the largest orb weaving spider in the world that can spin a web 10 feet wide!) and many other varieties.
I make it a point to visit several times each year and really enjoy when the guides let the spiders crawl on their hands and up their arms! While I know these particular spiders are not dangerous and won’t hurt anyone, I do get a kick out of the oohs and awes from the crowd when they do it.
One of the most popular exhibits is the feeding demonstration and while those crickets look tasty to my arachnid friends, I wait to eat until I leave! I also make sure to ask a lot questions of the knowledgeable guides when I’m there because I always learn something new and interesting each time I go.
If you want to have as much fun as I do exploring the cool world of spiders, make plans to visit the museum soon. The Spider Pavilion closes on Sunday, November 6 so don’t miss out. Visit www.nhm.org for more information on hours and tickets.
Until next time, thanks for making Western Exterminator “The Final Word in Pest Control®??
Have a pest free day!