You may be thinking something like: how in the world a spider web is strong as steel when you have walked through plenty of spider webs in your day|spider webs aren’t able to sustain the blow of a quick hand through them. Well, spider webs aren’t strong in the way you may think them to be. What makes spider webs strong is tensile strength – or the resistance of a material to breaking under tension. Spiderwebs are not nearly as dense as steel, making them very elastic. So though spider webs are not as dense as steel, they are able to withstand much more tension for their density than steel can, making spider webs way stronger on a comparative scale.
What is it that makes spider webs so strong? Spider’s silk is created from protein, and protein is created from a complicated process using the elements carbon, hydrogen, oxygen and nitrogen. Protein forms inside live cells.
The silk is made in an organ called the spinneret. Spider silk has glue-like properties and is very conductive to electricity. A static charge from the web causes flying insects to get stuck to it, and the stickiness of the web makes it impossible for insects to escape. Then time to eat, and that’s all there is to it! If you need spider control services contact Knoxville Bulwark Exterminating for your free quote today!