Heat and humidity leading to booming spider populations in Kentucky

Published: Jul. 13, 2018 at 12:36 PM EDT
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With rainfall averages well above normal and temperatures on the rise, spider populations are booming in Kentucky.

According to Dr. Lee Townsend, an Entomologist at the University of Kentucky, insect and spider populations grow as the heat and humidity increases. But, just like humans, insects are trying to get indoors to beat the heat.

"Insects and spiders need high humidity and protection from direct sunlight," said Dr. Townsend. "The things you can do, to open up ventilation, to deny protection for them, and also to plug the gaps that they can enter indoors from are the best things to do."

Of the more than 3,000 species of spiders only a few are venomous. Kentuckians should be on the lookout for Brown Recluse and Black Widow spiders. If you're bitten by one of these spiders it's important to seek medical attention immediately.