Tuesday, June 13, 2017

"I Don't Like Spiders and Snakes...."


There was a song back in the '70s, during my college years: "I don't like spiders and snakes...." I really don't. I love animals, birds, fish and some insects, but I really wish spiders and snakes would keep their distance. I haven't seen any snakes in a while, but I had an encounter with a spider this morning that was too close for comfort.


 
We have a small bathroom. If it were any smaller, it would be a closet. I was not fully awake yet when I spotted him, crawling on one of the bath towels on the rack. The adrenaline kicked in so fast, my head is still spinning.

Brown recluse? It did look the part, but I wasn't about to get close enough for verification. The only thing I knew with certainty was that this encounter was not going to end well for one of us. I'm a whole lot bigger than said spider and could easily crush him under my flip-flop, if I could get him onto the floor. Crushed arachnid on the floor, no big deal. Crushed arachnid on the wall, ick!

The spider's advantage? If it was a brown recluse, enough venom to put an early end to my early retirement. Definitely not my preferred option.

According to the spider experts, though the venom is deadlier than that of most snakes, only ten percent of all recluse bites result in a medical emergency, since the itsy bitsy spider's fangs are so small. In other words, it's got to really sink those suckers in to make a difference. It can't bite through clothing. I don't think I want to take that chance. 

There are several reported infestations in homes that led to permanent evacuations. One story claims a family lived in a house with over 2000 brown recluses without a single bite. Ever. No way would I stay in that house for even five minutes.

I grabbed the towel. Instead of jumping off, the little idiot crawled between the layers of the towel. I shook it again. The spider hit the floor running.

Until I stomped on it.



15 comments:

  1. Hooray for stomping on a spider while dancing the tarantula!

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  2. Of course, it might have been saying this:

    "Hello, I thought I'd introduce myself, I'm the spider currently dealing with any stray insects that happen to... wait! Wait, stop! Don't! Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa......!"

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    1. Okay, now you're making me feel bad about killing it!

      If I get a fatal bite from one of these guys, it's all your fault!

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  3. Spiders do not belong inside. I let the those outside alone, but any inside will suffer death.

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  4. I have the house outside sprayed and looked at 4 times a year. Everything can live 2 inches and beyond from my walls but cross the line and come inside and I will swat you flat !

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. Yes! We can coexist, just not under the same roof.

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  5. I don't mind spiders in general but am afraid of the Brown Recluse. There's a pair of muck boots outside the back door that I step into every morning. My nightmare scenario is that one day my foot will meet a Brown Recluse spider. It doesn't end well. We both die.

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    1. There's good reason to fear the Recluse! I know someone who just reached under her couch to get something--and ended up with multiple skin grafts on her arm.

      One of my uncles died after he was bitten by a recluse. He was diabetic. The venom caused his blood sugar to spike, sent him into a coma, and within days, he was gone.

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  6. We're beginning to see spiders throughout the house--they come up from our basement (which could be used in any horror film, believe me). Get spray, if you can/aren't allergic to it. This may have been a wolf spider. They look as ferocious as the name implies.
    The recluse is the last type of spider you want in your home, or wherever you go.
    Be careful where you step or reach. I'd have someone inspect your place.

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    1. Our property manager has an exterminator come to all of the apartments on a regular basis. I'm grateful for that.

      When we first moved here, I was taking a pot from the lower cabinet in our kitchen, and when I pulled it out, there was a spider sitting in it.

      I killed the spider and ordered pizza delivery.

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  7. Ewwwwws! 2000 spiders! That's the stuff horror stories are made of Norma. Do you get Daddy Long legs there, they are supposed to be one of the most poisonous spiders but like your brown recluse, their fangs are too small, thank goodness because I regularly find them in the house!

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    1. Daddy Long Legs are venomous? Craptastic! I used to keep them around when I was a kid. I thought they were cute!

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  8. I don't mind them too much because I'm way bigger than them and they look so frail don't they. I just hope they don't crawl on my face when I'm asleep at night :) :)

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