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Don't believe the web of lies about spiders

Garden Variety, hosted by Charity Nebbe

With their eight legs and multiple sets of eyes, spiders often scare people. But many of them are harmless and can be released outside instead of being squashed.

Iowa State University Insect Diagnostician Zach Schumm joins the program to discuss which spiders can be found in Iowa and whether or not they are dangerous for humans.


  • Zach Schumm, insect diagnostician, ISU Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic
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Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa
Samantha McIntosh is a talk show producer at Iowa Public Radio. Prior to IPR, Samantha worked as a reporter for radio stations in southeast and west central Iowa under M&H Broadcasting, and before that she was a weekend music host for GO 96.3 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Aaron Steil is a Consumer Horticulture Specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach. Aaron contributes his expertise to the Garden Variety podcast and newsletter and to Talk of Iowa's Horticulture Day program.