"I didn't need anyone to tell me that was a terrible omen and would bring me ill luck." Because killing a spider in your house is seen to be such a danger to good health, prosperity, and cleanliness, several cultures have a tradition of apologizing to spiders before killing them in the hopes of avoiding bad luck. But what if the spider wasn't bothering anyone?
In some countries, including America, it's legal to use poisonous spiders for home defense. The rationale is that these spiders are endangered or extinct in the wild and no one should have to suffer through having their homes invaded by these dangerous creatures. However, people tend to underestimate the pain of being stung by a venomous insect and there are other ways of protecting yourself and your family from spiders. A simple call to 911 should be enough to get you help. There are also natural remedies that can be used instead of or as well as pesticides. Before using any method on your entire household, however, make sure you understand how each one works so you don't cause any harm.
Spiders are very important to humans because they're part of our ecosystem. They eat insects that might otherwise harm us and they provide valuable income through silk production. Unfortunately, spiders also carry diseases that can be passed on to humans so it's best not to anger them. But if you must kill a spider, try not to do so wantonly or in large numbers.
Seeing a spider is typically considered a good omen. Small spiders are sometimes referred to as "money spiders," and killing one is considered exceedingly unlucky. Spiders have long been welcomed in people's houses because their webs collect flies, which helps to avoid sickness. However, not all spiders are beneficial; some can be harmful, especially to children. Spiders need food and water and should not be left alone for long periods of time. If you find a spider in your home, don't worry about it. It may be afraid of humans and want to leave.
Spiders are considered a good luck symbol in many cultures throughout the world. The picture of a spider dangling from its web, in particular, is regarded as a sign of good fortune and joy sent down from heaven. You will always have money if a spider crawls into your pocket. You will receive a letter if a spider hovers over your head. And so forth.
In China, where spiders are considered evil spirits that can bring bad luck, people try not to let them crawl onto them. To help prevent this, they often wear shoes with nails removed or put glue on their fingertips before handling money or papers.
In Africa, the spider's presence means that someone close to you is dead. People move away from their homes or villages to avoid this fate. When they cannot leave their loved ones, they will send gifts such as gold jewelry and bottles of wine. If the person who died was young, perhaps a child, others in the family may follow suit by killing any spiders they find.
In Australia, people believe that if a spider crosses your path, this means you will meet your destiny soon. But if a golden spider does so, this means good news is on the way.
In Brazil, if a spider bites you, this means you will get married soon. But if it is black, this means you will die soon.