Monday, June 3, 2013

Kitchen Mate

     An American House Spider lives in our kitchen next to the sink. It is the perfect form of pest control and fascinating to watch. Every kitchen should have at least one spider in residence.
     Our spider showed up one day last month. It must have crawled into the kitchen the same way ants do, through some unidentified gap in the window frame. As soon as it appeared the other pests in its domain disappeared. The spider eats every pesky insect that frequents our kitchen  ants, stink bugs, house flies, you name it. When the spider is done eating, the desiccated prey falls to the countertop, and I throw it away. The spider has so thoroughly cleared the kitchen of pests that I now feed it stink bugs from other parts of the house.
     In this video you can see the spider preparing a stink bug meal. The spider always immobilizes its prey's legs first. You can hear the click, click, click as their exoskeleton's come into contact.

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