Debunking Myths About Daddy Longlegs

From science fiction to urban legends, many myths surround daddy-longlegs. These spider-like creatures often inhabit our gardens. With their oval bodies and long legs, they can look quite scary. But are daddy longlegs venomous? Should we ignore them, eliminate them, or encourage them to hang out in our gardens? Let’s find out.  Debunking Daddy Longlegs Myths Fear of spiders is one of the most common phobias in the United States. Anywhere from 3 to 15% of the American population is estimated to have arachnophobia. But are daddy longlegs spiders? While they do have eight legs and belong to the arachnid subclass, they are part of the Opiliones order and are not considered true spiders. True spiders make venom and silk, two secretions daddy longlegs are incapable of producing. So if you’ve heard the urban legend that daddy longlegs are the most venomous spiders in the world, rest assured this is […]

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