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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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Jan. 10th, 2011 10:42 pm (UTC)
Yay. A woman after my heart. He's pretty, isn't he?
Jan. 10th, 2011 10:47 pm (UTC)
He's pointy-looking!
Jan. 10th, 2011 11:53 pm (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????

Jan. 11th, 2011 12:11 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.
Jan. 10th, 2011 10:43 pm (UTC)
Um... *closes page*
Jan. 10th, 2011 10:48 pm (UTC)
I couldn't figure out where I was gonna put him. Too cold outside.
Jan. 10th, 2011 11:25 pm (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.

Jan. 10th, 2011 11:31 pm (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.
Jan. 10th, 2011 11:53 pm (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.
Jan. 11th, 2011 12:06 am (UTC)
The car--egad. I can't get over the size of them.
Jan. 11th, 2011 12:45 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.
Jan. 10th, 2011 10:56 pm (UTC)
Do we have venomous spiders in our part of the world?! Do I really want to know???
Jan. 10th, 2011 10:57 pm (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.)
Jan. 10th, 2011 11:05 pm (UTC)
Ack! For some reason, I thought that brown recluses were only further south...
Jan. 10th, 2011 11:21 pm (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.
Jan. 10th, 2011 11:08 pm (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
Jan. 10th, 2011 11:24 pm (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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Jan. 10th, 2011 11:22 pm (UTC)
I haven't had roaches in a long time, thankfully. I have no qualms meting out death to roaches.
Jan. 11th, 2011 12:17 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

Jan. 11th, 2011 12:33 am (UTC)
I dunno, I thought they looked kinda cute ;-)
Jan. 11th, 2011 12:56 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.
Jan. 11th, 2011 10:15 am (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*
Jan. 11th, 2011 08:20 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!
Jan. 11th, 2011 10:14 am (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.
Jan. 11th, 2011 09:11 am (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*
Jan. 11th, 2011 10:13 am (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
Jan. 11th, 2011 12:20 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.
Jan. 11th, 2011 03:07 pm (UTC)
Oh yes, never bees! They don't tend to come in my house, thankfully.
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