Hunting spiders has become a source of income for many Filipinos which started many years ago. In fact, this was brought to public consciousness in 1998, when the rapid increased of H-fever victims alarmed the town officials of Cabanatuan in the Philippines. Cabanatuan is 24 kilometers away from Iloilo city.
Children from almost anywhere in the Philippines hunt spiders known in their scientific names as Lycosa Pseudo Annulata and Salticids for a prize. In Cabanatuan, children put them in a fight and if not, they either sell it for P1 up to P3 according to their sizes.
Spiders are great help in the control of H-fever.They are important in the sustainability of ecological balance, hence the lack of spiders will result to more mosquitoes to bite the human skin, and worse, these mosquitoes might be H-fever carriers. And indeed they are.
Rampant spraying of insecticides will kill those helpful spiders which eat mosquitoes and other crawling harmful insects on the plants.
This humble author appeals to all those who are engaged in this kind of illegal business to stop destroying the flow of our ecological system.
Ideally, nature provides for man's survival. But sad to note that man kills nature even before she could grow, develop and provide.