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HEyHEY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-31-03 01:23 PM
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What kind of spiders invaded your home?
I just squashed a huge hobo spider. There are Black Widows in the area but not many and I've never seen one thank god. I also get some other strange big ones with small bodies, they don't look even remotley intimidating so I leave them alone. But those hobos, it's them or me!
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DBoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-31-03 01:24 PM
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1. Spiders are my friend
Any creature that eats cockroaches is fine by me
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HEyHEY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-31-03 01:25 PM
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2. I'm lucky I guess
There are no cockaroaches in my area. So spiders are first on the list.
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patdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-31-03 01:30 PM
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8. yes I hear jumping spiders rid a home of cockroaches!
I too love spiders...they are the bane of the insect world, but not mine! Give me a spider any day...even if they bite me I will not get sick. There are only a few spiders on earth that can harm me (humans).

HOWEVER, when I was about 22 and lived in a trailer on my in-laws back yard I woke up with the largest brown spider I have ever seen in my life sitting on my chest looking at me.....needless to say...I swung the covers off me...and ran screaming out of the trailer...seems it was a harmless oak spider...but...harmless looking...I think NOT!
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HEyHEY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-31-03 01:32 PM
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10. HOW BIG
Was the body in inches?
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patdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-31-03 01:42 PM
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15. This spider was SO BIG I saw the hairs on its body
This was a MONSTER SPIDER...it was harmless...I am sure it stood a full three to four inches from its feet to its full height.

I was asleep...I opened my eyes and on my chest...between my boobs stood a hairy monster...and it was NOT my husband!
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alphafemale Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-31-03 02:33 PM
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19. 3 to 4" in HEIGHT?!? HEIGHT!!! OMG!
Are you serious?

:wow:
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patdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-31-03 02:48 PM
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21. Have you ever seen an oak spider???
on your chest about 6 inches from your eyeballs???? They are HUGE...they are HAIRY...and they are intimidating looking when planting themselves on top of your chest while you sleep....

Do you know how tall a 4" spider looks when you look down on your chest from a prone position? not down from your 5'11" but as you sleep and look at your chest to see a VERY hairy VERY scary spider with hairs you can see and eyes you perceive looking at you sleep? gee 4" might as well be a 4' spider under those conditions!!!...TRY IT SOMETIMES!
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trof Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-31-03 01:34 PM
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13. Coincidently
Just looked out my window and there's a huge banana spider in the sago palm.
Eatin up them bugs.
Go spider!
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slackmaster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-31-03 01:27 PM
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3. Daddy Longlegs
I have hundreds of them. They seem to catch a lot of fruit flies and mosquitos.
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HEyHEY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-31-03 01:31 PM
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9. I HEARD...so I don't know if it's true...
Daddy Longlegs have the most deadly poison of all spiders... but their fangs are inverted and they can't break human skin...no matter how hard they try!
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Tom Kitten Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-31-03 02:21 PM
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16. I invaded a home full of daddylonglegs...
Edited on Sun Aug-31-03 02:23 PM by countfloyd
when I moved in here. Every corner of every room has a few, if I remove them, two days later there'll be more. Always will there be spiders here.They are harmless, just kinda annoying, they leave their webs everywhere, one reason I'm looking for a new place. I live on the bottom of a two story building, but it's on a hill, so even though I face the street and walkdownhill to get to my car my apt. directly adjoins the basement/laundry room, which is probably their home base.

The story about them being extremely venomous seems to be false...
http://www.snopes2.com/critters/wild/longlegs.htm


ed:sp
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trof Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-31-03 01:27 PM
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4. We got brown recluses.
Nasty buggers.
Bad bite.
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HEyHEY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-31-03 01:28 PM
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6. eee, yeah that must be spooky having those fuckers around
do you lay traps?
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trof Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-31-03 01:32 PM
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11. Usually outside
They make a bad blister like fire ants.
I think I've read they can be fatal if your immune system is weakened, elderly, very young, etc.
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HEyHEY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-31-03 01:33 PM
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12. I heard
their bite can become seriuosly infected and fuck you up real good!
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trof Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-31-03 01:35 PM
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14. If you don't take care of it.
Peroxide or something.
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patdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-31-03 02:24 PM
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17. Brown recluse are the deadliest spiders of all in the USA
even deadlier than black widows...but few know or understand. Everyone should be able to recognize a brown recluse. They are not LARGE like the oak spider, but rather small and VERY deadly!
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AquariDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-31-03 04:19 PM
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24. What exactly happens if you get bitten?
I think I'll be sorry I asked. :scared: I haven't seen them in my neighborhood, but there's probably a bunch in the more woodsy areas of California.
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Don_G Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-31-03 05:10 PM
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30. True
The venom of a Brown Recluse is a neurotoxin. It will slowly and literally liquify tissue, stopping only when the tissue is literally cut out.

I had a friend get bitten by one once.
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WilliamPitt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-31-03 01:27 PM
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5. One of these?


Smoosh.
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HEyHEY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-31-03 01:29 PM
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7. Yeah, but mine aren't as shiny they look like this......
Edited on Sun Aug-31-03 01:31 PM by HEyHEY




ewwwww DIE DIE DIE!!!!!
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Booberdawg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-31-03 02:31 PM
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18. OMG I'm SOOO glad I clicked on this thread
NOT!

YUK!
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supernova Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-31-03 02:37 PM
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20. Big brown spiders and black widows
Edited on Sun Aug-31-03 02:38 PM by supernova
I get these big brown spiders every fall starting about now. They love to build their webs in the eaves. There's one hanging upside down in my bedroom window as I type. Outside, of course. He or she is about 3 1/2 inches long with a full body.

A baby black widow fell into my car the other day. It was so small, maybe 5 mm, I really had to work to get hold of it to get it out of the car. That was one fast-moving little bugger! I had to remove it because it landed on a dish I was taking to a church supper!
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LWolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-31-03 03:29 PM
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22. Currently
my home is home to a large chilean rose-haired tarantula and various benign fly-catchers. I gently sweep up the webs every few months and they have to start fresh. There are black widows out in the woodpile and garage. Widows are timid and non-aggressive. Just don't stick your hand or foot into their hiding place.

And on the wall in my living room there is an english translation of an old japanese haiku:

"Don't worry spiders; my housekeeping is casual."
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HEyHEY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-31-03 04:39 PM
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26. Is the chilean rose-haired tarantula a pet
Or is it a real one that meandered in? If so, how can you live knowing it's around...I want to know more!!!
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AquariDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-31-03 04:17 PM
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23. Those teeny little ant-sized spiders
They're kind of cute and so harmless that I just ignore them or brush them off if they crawl on my arm. Once in a while a big fuzzy black garden spider will make its way into my room. Those scare me just a little because I always worry that one will end up in my bed, even though their bite is harmless.
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HEyHEY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-31-03 04:36 PM
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25. reminds me
I felt a tickle one night and it woke me up so I smacked my shoulder.....ewww big ass hobo spread all over
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AquariDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-31-03 04:53 PM
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28. That would scare the crap
out of me :scared: ew ew ew. But what's a hobo? It sounds huge. Harmless black spider or worse?
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HEyHEY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-31-03 05:08 PM
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29. there's a pick of one up there
somewhere...my response to will pitts answer it's underneath...bite can be bad,or harmless...but you will get a blister and a huge mark
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MoonGod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-31-03 04:44 PM
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27. Black widows, daddylonglegs, and others...
Edited on Sun Aug-31-03 04:45 PM by MoonGod
... No expert at identifying the rest of 'em, but black widows and daddylonglegs are easy. I get a ton of black widows around here. I've seen more in the front/back yard than I can count. Fortunately, I've only ever seen 3 or 4 in the house... I guess there's just a bunch in the neighborhood. It's pretty much guaranteed when I go for a walk that I'll see some with their webs along the sidewalk at the corners of fences... or they seem to like unused cars/trucks, too.

edit: widows, not windows in the subject
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