I like to live in a state of denial especially when it comes to spiders. What I don't know can't hurt me. I realize this isn't true, but I'd rather not know about the massive spiders that love hanging out near Missouri lakes. The good news is they can't hurt any of us though.

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I saw someone share a video of what is known as a dock spider. Some call them fishing or wharf spiders. I call them massive and it's a very common neighbor at Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks as a pest control guy mentioned. Would you like to look up and see something like this next to you?

Life Underfoot via YouTube
Life Underfoot via YouTube
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Can someone please tell this guy that there's a huge spider near his face? Yikes.

Life Underfoot via YouTube
Life Underfoot via YouTube
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As the Missouri Department of Conservation mentions, the official name is the Dark Fishing Spider and they are often mistaken for wolf spiders or even tarantulas. Oh, and they are also not restricted to just lake areas. Nightmare fuel is now full, thanks.

While they are vicious hunters for bugs they prey on, they're harmless to humans (unless of course you have a heart attack when you see one). They are also a food source for some birds. Suddenly, I love birds even more.

This is one of those arachnids that I want to know are there, but don't enjoy having a real life encounter with. I know they're a vital part of Missouri's ecosystem, but I remain in denial that they're near me. They aren't near me, are they? (*shudder*)

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