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clevercloggs
Clevercloggs  (Level: 27.4 - Posts: 1246)
Sat, 26th Sep '09 12:44 PM

TRULY AWFUL NEWS.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/sep/25/spider-population-explosion
Anecdotal reports are piling up of unusually high numbers of spiders this autumn.
Monitors also expect an increase in the number of craneflies, or daddy-longlegs.
.........I hate the little bleeders.

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Sat, 26th Sep '09 12:47 PM

The article implied that this is a good thing.

However, I can certainly identify with this:

"Most spider-related injuries stem from arachnophobia. A German woman who lost a £5,200 compensation case for a broken wrist in July. She panicked after seeing a large but harmless spider, and fell over."

pennwoman
Pennwoman  (Level: 155.2 - Posts: 2478)
Sat, 26th Sep '09 12:50 PM

All I can say is yeeeeeeeeeekkkkkkkk bleeeeeeeeeechhhhh ewwwwwwwwwww

My son and I were under the house tending to a plumbing problem -- ok, I stood and watched him, he plumbed. I wiped the cobwebs off, where I was standing and commented to him, "oh, yuck! I was mowing grass, and I saw a spider, the size of a mouse!"
He said "That''s funny, I was under the house, doing some plumbing, and I saw a spider, the size of a mouse"

EEEK!

goddess28
Goddess28  (Level: 92.6 - Posts: 5236)
Sat, 26th Sep '09 12:52 PM

They don't bother me, unless they are the size of a mouse. LOL

oldcougar
Oldcougar  (Level: 219.7 - Posts: 1935)
Sat, 26th Sep '09 12:52 PM

Spiders are our friends Dave, don't be a Miss Muffet

leaston
Leaston  (Level: 42.6 - Posts: 839)
Sat, 26th Sep '09 12:52 PM

I hate spiders!

sandracam
Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Sat, 26th Sep '09 12:54 PM

Please keep them over there CC. It's funny, spiders and snakes don't bother me when I'm outside. Inside though? Ugh! Like I said before, the best way to kill a house spider is to drop a dictionary on it and jump up and down on it till you know it's squished. Remove book one month later. Spider gone!

clevercloggs
Clevercloggs  (Level: 27.4 - Posts: 1246)
Sat, 26th Sep '09 12:58 PM

We've had a terrible summer for wasps too. My neighbour has two apple trees that encourage them. I have spray for the wasps, but i have never seen any similar products to deal with the dreaded eight legs.

sandracam
Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Sat, 26th Sep '09 1:03 PM

I had an exterminator come to the house when I was getting a lot of ants. They treat the house a few times a year. No spideys now. Of course my skin is turning a strange shade of green, but no spiders!

f5laur
F5laur  (Level: 31.1 - Posts: 823)
Sat, 26th Sep '09 1:06 PM

A handy can of hairspray works better than Raid for killing indoor spiders. I had a few brown recluse spiders in my house. YIKES!!! I grabbed my hairspray can quick and it worked. LOL I have since had my house exterminated so as far as I know, no more creepy crawlers.

jank0614
Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Sat, 26th Sep '09 1:56 PM

This should be in the "things to do with a brick" category.

sandracam
Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Sat, 26th Sep '09 2:00 PM

See, but bricks have ridges and a spider could crawl out through one. Not that I'm phobic

collioure
Collioure  (Level: 104.8 - Posts: 9952)
Sat, 26th Sep '09 2:18 PM

Arachnophobia - that's what I got. Hate those damn things.

m48ortal
M48ortal  (Level: 251.3 - Posts: 3742)
Sat, 26th Sep '09 2:20 PM

Strange how almost every thread ties in with a current comic strip. (I just don't post comics to the political threads because both sides think I'm aiming at them.)

http://news.yahoo.com/comics/garfield

1mks
1mks  (Level: 210.8 - Posts: 5883)
Sat, 26th Sep '09 2:28 PM

I never kill them. I'm always afraid that it might be one of Charlotte's babies.

bigbird
Bigbird  (Level: 239.4 - Posts: 3300)
Sat, 26th Sep '09 4:54 PM

I welcome spiders. I figure if I have spiders in my home, they are eating other critters that I really wouldn't want there. One of my favorite pins to wear happens to be a huge spider - I've scared a whole bunch of otherwise sane folk with it too. Gorgeous pin. Helpful beasts.

jank0614
Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Sat, 26th Sep '09 5:09 PM

Can you have cobwebs without spiders?

pennwoman
Pennwoman  (Level: 155.2 - Posts: 2478)
Sat, 26th Sep '09 7:08 PM

Oh, yes you can, I just checked, I'm positive I have nary a spider but plenty of cobwebs!

(how is THAT for denial?)

osuzannacollage
Osuzannacollage  (Level: 132.1 - Posts: 1299)
Sat, 26th Sep '09 7:18 PM


Have had three poisonous spider bites. One was a brown recluse attack on my forehead many years ago. Didn't even feel it when it happened, but spent three weeks totally down and out. For an entire week, both of my eyes were swollen shut. So I lay on the sofa and listened to television, hoping for any distraction from the constant pounding in my head. Seems like every other commercial was for "Arachnophobia" which was newly released then. Considered hitting my foot with a hammer just to take a break from the head pain. Also considered amputation of the afflicted area, but nobody would step up to the plate and cut off my head, even though I begged. Wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy. Anyway, I used to be a genius before the spider ate my brain. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Oddly enough, however, I have tremendous respect for spiders. I'm not afraid of them at all, kind of like I feel towards Mother Nature in general. If I find one in the house, I do the old catch and release. For one thing, it's humane. For another, I'm very Southern and superstitious -- it's bad luck to kill a spider. In the Circle of Life, spiders may be at the top of the heap.

jank0614
Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Sat, 26th Sep '09 7:38 PM

Seems to me your bad luck CAME from a spider.

Kill 'em. Kill 'em all, I say.

pennwoman
Pennwoman  (Level: 155.2 - Posts: 2478)
Sat, 26th Sep '09 8:54 PM

I actually don't kill spiders. But not out of love for them, I just really hate the crunchy noise they make when squashed.

My sister had a place in Kentucky, surrounded by soy bean fields. I was helping her, clean the place so she could move in. I was taking a break, sitting on the porch. As I sat there, I could HEAR a spider walking down a wall..... it was so HUGE, I could actually hear it. And the variety of spiders there........ big ones, little ones, red ones, long legged ones, ones with giant grey/white bodies that looked like skulls on legs.

BLEEEECCCCCCCCHHHH!

mplaw51
Mplaw51  (Level: 179.5 - Posts: 1582)
Sat, 26th Sep '09 9:05 PM

I hate spiders also. If one is in my house, it must die. If I can find someone to do my dirty work, I will. If I'm alone, I get rubber gloves and a large wad of paper towels...die spider die. Apparently I have quite a phobia going.

I like the large book theory, but what if it's on the wall?

oldcougar
Oldcougar  (Level: 219.7 - Posts: 1935)
Sat, 26th Sep '09 9:07 PM

Studies indicate that on average people eat between 8-12 insects a year in their sleep. In these cases the insects simply end up in the mouth at the wrong time and are swallowed. This can increase if you ride motorcycles or bikes with no facial protection. We get about 1 lb. per year of insects included our food.

Hope I haven't ruined anyones dinner

sandracam
Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Sat, 26th Sep '09 9:37 PM

Mplaw, spray heavily with insecticide till it drops then procede with heavy book. If it's on the ceiling, just leave the room!

clevercloggs
Clevercloggs  (Level: 27.4 - Posts: 1246)
Sun, 27th Sep '09 12:48 AM

Hair spray works with flies too. Just open the windows and they glide out on stiff wings.


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