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I just found a new-to-me spider in the bathroom sink. I have so much more luck identifying spiders than birds! This one is a Parson's spider. He's not very big. He was having trouble climbing up the side of the sink, so I put a piece of paper in there so he could climb out and he ran down the drain. Very fast! It's a ground hunting spider so I guess that makes sense. No doubt I'll now find him somewhere I'd rather not.

Spiders get amnesty in my house unless they're very venomous.

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ocotillo_dawn
Jan. 11th, 2011 01:42 am (UTC)
Yay. A woman after my heart. He's pretty, isn't he?
jordan_c_price
Jan. 11th, 2011 01:47 am (UTC)
He's pointy-looking!
ocotillo_dawn
Jan. 11th, 2011 02:53 am (UTC)
I used to completely ignore spiders in my house.

Then one day an egg sac hatched in my bedroom.

Do you have any idea how MANY baby spiders are in one single egg sac????

Wow.
jordan_c_price
Jan. 11th, 2011 03:11 am (UTC)
Ha ha, you had a Charlotte's Web moment.

There's an egg sac on my back door I should probably attend to, now that you mention it. I've been telling myself it's old.
ali_wilde
Jan. 11th, 2011 01:43 am (UTC)
Um... *closes page*
jordan_c_price
Jan. 11th, 2011 01:48 am (UTC)
I couldn't figure out where I was gonna put him. Too cold outside.
ali_wilde
Jan. 11th, 2011 02:25 am (UTC)
To be 100% truthful, I would have let him go down the drain and turned the hot hot hot water on. Drown or melt. They shouldn't be in my house. We get these guys a lot.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huntsman_spider
jordan_c_price
Jan. 11th, 2011 02:31 am (UTC)
Whoa, they're massive. At least you would notice if one was there! Do kids every try to keep them as pets? The biggest ones I've seen here are wolf spiders, and they're not all that big. Brown recluse are dangerous and they're small. Those are the ones whose venom I featured in Sweet Oblivion.
ali_wilde
Jan. 11th, 2011 02:53 am (UTC)
My kids don't try to keep them as pets. Not sure about others. They're not poisonous but can give a nasty bite. They get in my car and in my house. They are garden spiders but apparently very social. And they are not more scared of me than I am of them. I don't see them screaming and running around to get the flame thrower.
jordan_c_price
Jan. 11th, 2011 03:06 am (UTC)
The car--egad. I can't get over the size of them.
ali_wilde
Jan. 11th, 2011 03:45 am (UTC)
We don't get them as big as the ones in Queensland. The biggest I've seen was about 3/4 the size of my hand. The one in the car was actually crawling down my arm. Did I freak? I think my heart stopped cos when it started beating again, it was making up for lost time.
egret17
Jan. 11th, 2011 01:56 am (UTC)
Do we have venomous spiders in our part of the world?! Do I really want to know???
jordan_c_price
Jan. 11th, 2011 01:57 am (UTC)
brown recluse and their cousins sac spiders. (Sac spiders not nearly as dangerous but I still kill them because they leave me full of welts.)
egret17
Jan. 11th, 2011 02:05 am (UTC)
Ack! For some reason, I thought that brown recluses were only further south...
jordan_c_price
Jan. 11th, 2011 02:21 am (UTC)
They are fairly rare up here but I do know someone in southern WI who got bitten, then was too stubborn to go to the doctor and almost lost his arm.
andy_slayde
Jan. 11th, 2011 02:08 am (UTC)
I think we only get the brown recluse too. My friend got bitten by one in this very house.
I don't care for spiders. I'll try and give them a pardon if possible.
Poor Ali. Not something she cares to see. But then again she lives in a places where spiders are HUGE and Deadly.
Australia has too many nasty and deadly critters
jordan_c_price
Jan. 11th, 2011 02:24 am (UTC)
If you can I.D. the spider, then at least you can tell if it's something to be scared of or not. Once I learned more about the cellar spiders all over my house (and how...sad...they are) I just say, "Run, Forrest, run!" when they try to stay ahead of the dust pile when I get around to sweeping.
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jordan_c_price
Jan. 11th, 2011 02:22 am (UTC)
I haven't had roaches in a long time, thankfully. I have no qualms meting out death to roaches.
piplover
Jan. 11th, 2011 03:17 am (UTC)
Any spider bigger than an eraser gets flushed or squashed. This is because we have brown recluse, black widows, and trap door spiders: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trapdoor_spider

Ick!!
jordan_c_price
Jan. 11th, 2011 03:33 am (UTC)
I dunno, I thought they looked kinda cute ;-)
http://www.pocanticohills.org/spiders/trapdoor.htm
txilar
Jan. 11th, 2011 03:56 am (UTC)
I have a deal with the spider sister: stay out of my bedroom and my food and your presence is tolerated. ^_^

She's actually rather pretty.
jordan_c_price
Jan. 11th, 2011 01:15 pm (UTC)
I also prefer spiders to not be in my bedroom. I especially dislike sensing a presence on the ceiling and finding a spider standing up there over my face.

I remember once I was sleeping at my friend's house as a kid and we saw a big millipede. She said one of us was gonna wake up wearing at as a mustache. *shudder*
ennorwen
Jan. 11th, 2011 11:20 am (UTC)
Oh now see, that's exactly the kind of spider that gives me the squicks! Long leggy things. We actually love our spiders though, and name them. Follow them through their life cycle and even catch little bugs to throw in their webs to feed them. I really don't like the long leggy ones, though the only thing I'm really afraid of is snakes!
jordan_c_price
Jan. 11th, 2011 01:14 pm (UTC)
I only see little snakes around here so they're not scary at all. The ladybugs around here bite...that was a disappointing development.
cdn_tam
Jan. 11th, 2011 12:11 pm (UTC)
Jesus Jordan, thanks for that morning traumatization. Crap. In my house spiders get quickly wrapped in double layers of kleenex and flushed down the toilet or smacked with a large book. *shudder*
jordan_c_price
Jan. 11th, 2011 01:13 pm (UTC)
Cripes, I put it under a cut that SAID it was a spider and everything! Maybe it scared a few calories off ya :D
lou_harper
Jan. 11th, 2011 03:20 pm (UTC)
I usually relocate spiders when I find them indoors. Fortunately, in California it's never too cold to put them outside. Where I came from, killing spiders is bad luck. And anyway, they are useful critters. I don't kill bees either.
jordan_c_price
Jan. 11th, 2011 06:07 pm (UTC)
Oh yes, never bees! They don't tend to come in my house, thankfully.
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