A lot of people are afraid of arachnids. Why is that?
Well, the way they move is very alien to us. We’re not used to seeing things walk around on the ceiling with eight legs! Plus, there are some arachnids that are venomous—that means they have a poisonous bite or sting. So people think all arachnids can hurt them.
What do you say to those people?
Fewer than 1 percent of all arachnids are dangerous to humans. Most spiders can’t even bite people—their fangs are too small to get through human skin.
Have you ever been bitten or stung?
I was once stung by a scorpion. It felt like getting pricked by a thumbtack. I was totally fine!