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Do you really swallow seven spiders every year in your deep?

Should you put a fallen baby bird back into the nest? Several myths from the great outdoors are examined and debunked in this article.

Little did you know that every night when you go to sleep, you get a free, all-you-can-eat trip to the bug smorgasbord… or do you? Here are some common misconceptions and old wives’ tales about our encounters with the great outdoors. See how many you already know.

Myth: You swallow about seven spiders every year in your sleep.

Fact: This information would be very hard to validate, however, if you were swallowing seven spiders every year, you’d probably also be swallowing about seven other assorted insects too. That’s more than one a month. Wouldn’t some of these wake you up now and then?

Myth: Leaving sugary snacks around will attract ants.

Fact: Yes it will, but ants in your kitchen could also be attracted to grease, meat or any other food as well as wood or wallpaper glue. Ants eat just about anything.

Myth: Ants don’t bite, but spiders do.

Fact: While all ants bits and some also sting, most spiders’ fangs have a very difficult time penetrating human skin. Imagine trying to stick a sharpened pencil through a deflated balloon. Spider fangs encounter the same stretchiness when they try to bite humans and because of this, most are incapable of actually puncturing the surface.

Myth: Mother birds can smell your scent on their babies, so don’t put fallen babies back in nests, lest they go unfed.

Fact: This is only true of a very few species. Because their chances of survival on the ground are extremely slim anyway, the best bet is to put fallen fledglings back into their nests.

Myth: Jump into a body of water to escape if you’re being chased by bees or wasps.

Fact: Many species of bee or wasp will wait for you to come up, then attack again. The truth is that if you are attacked, the best thing to do is cover your face and run for shelter.

Myth: Watering plants during the day is a bad idea because the sun’s rays can be focused through the prism like qualities of the water droplet and burn the leaf.

Fact: If this were true, you could never lay on the beach after a swim. In order to focus the sun’s rays into a burning point, the droplet would have to be suspended above the leaf surface (or your skin).

Myth: Organic pesticides are safe.

Fact: A chemical is a chemical whether it occurs naturally or is made in a lab. Natural chemicals can be just as dangerous aS man-made ones, take snake venom, for example, or radon gas.

Myth: Birds that eat rice thrown after a wedding will die later when the rice swells and causes their stomachs to explode.

Fact: This speculation began in a1960’s Ann Landers column, but is false. Many species of birds in the wild eat rice.

Myth: If you can’t get away from an oncoming tornado, hide under a highway overpass.

Fact: Nothing could be more dangerous The constriction of Space tinder these bridges actually leads to a sharp increase in wind velocity, creating an extremely treacherous situation for anyone seeking cover there. If you find yourself in the path of an oncoming tornado and have nowhere to go, get out of your car and find a low area in which to hide, such as a ditch.

Myths are fun and when we stop and think about it, we are surrounded by them in our daily lives. When they are accurate, they can serve as helpful reminders for us. When they are wrong, though, they can create havoc in a range anywhere from simple inconveniences to deadly mistakes.

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