While I think tarantulas are cool have read that horror story of them throwing microscopic hairs into people's eyes when stressed :O)
New World tarantulas (those from the New World, the Americas etc) have urticating hairs that they can kick when threatened. Old Worlds, (Africa, Asia, Australia etc) lack these hairs, but they tend to be more defensive.
In all of my years keeping spiders I have only had a couple that were hair kickers, and to get them in your eyes you have to holding them/their enclosures pretty close to your face, they tend to just kind of go in a poof around the spider when they kick. The worst I've had has been itchy hands from them kicking, but most of my new world spiders don't even bother kicking. If you're careful there is no need to be worried about getting them in your eyes.Non hobbyists tend to make the hairs out to be much worse then they are, yes some people have worse reactions than others but again, if you aren't stupid about it, it's not a something to worry about. Kind of like how if you raise your Dobe properly they won't be the vicious killers that they general public think they are
As I said, I'm a mod on the Arachnoboards forum, and I know a good amount of the regulars there in RL (many are very good friends of mine now
). I think I have read on the forums (and they are very busy, with a large active user base), only one account of someone getting hairs in their eye.
Yes, it could happen, and it would suck, but don't let it turn you off tarantulas if you are interested in getting one
I hope my long ramble made sense lol.
Oh, and I love mantids! Ive kept a few they just don't live very long
I also love jumpers, theyre so darn cute.