Saturday, October 21, 2017

Spiders

I'm not sure if it's Halloween or some kink in the DNA of spiders that brings them in October, but they're everywhere.

I went to the shed this morning to get a shovel to plant a gardenia that we'd rooted from a blossom this past spring. When reached for the sharpshooter hanging just inside a door, a spider the size of a chihuahua dropped from the shelf next to my hand onto the floor and scurried under my new tool chest. Hmmmm. I considered diving in after the "recluse'ive" spider but decided against it. I did tell him his day are numbered.  I usually don't squash things just for the heck of it, but those spiders bite.  And the wound often needs medical attention. So they don't have free reign here.

We had to run to Birmingham to pick up my new shades and some things at Costco. As we walked out the door, Jilda said "Wow. Look at that." It was a spider web in the shape of a heart near the apex of our roof.

I snapped a picture. I think that one is a garden spider. If so, it might live if it doesn't get too close.  But I'll keep my eyes on it when I bring the citrus trees in.

How about you. Are you a live and let live person when it comes to spiders or do you smite them?




15 comments:

  1. I am not much for spiders, I do dodge 'em. I thought there were only two kinds of spiders when i was a kid. The writing kind and the ones who could not.. Mama said the writing could only be read by flying insects. She said the writing spider wrote: "all that flies are welcome except birds."

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  2. Recluse spiders cause really serious bite/skin issues that seem to last forever. Mean spider.
    Joy

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  3. I leave them alone if they stay out of my territory. he creepiest are those millipede things. I'm told they eat other bugs but I don't care, i see one and it has to go. I put down sticky traps and that seems to have done the job so far.

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  4. It all depends on the spider, we have a lot of black widows that I eliminate on sight and I had a brown recluse bite on my toe a couple years ago that was really a problem, so needless to say you know the answer for them, the rest are pretty safe as long as they stay to themselves and outside.

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  5. Definitely a live and let live. It is one of my roles to take the ones inside outside. If they stay inside my partner kills them deader than dead.

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  6. That's a beautiful web. Personally I don't care for spider and I find a lot in the barn. They are hugs and called Orb spiders. I hate to squish them but I also hate to walk through their strong webs. They are replaced by new one faster than O]i can take them down.

    Hugs, Julia

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  7. As long as they stay where they are supposed to be I can let them be and that place is out doors. Great picture of the web. They do make some beautiful designs!

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  8. If I recognize that it's a harmless spider (not poisonous or too ugly, haha) I let it be. But we do have Black Widows in my neck of the woods, and I happily smash those to smithereens with whatever I have handy.

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  9. Live and let live over here! Well, except for the 'wolfie' variety common to these parts. 'About had a coronary the first time I spotted one. I read somewhere (that) spiders hate peppermint, so we've taken to adding a few drops of peppermint oil in a water spray bottle. Not sure if it works, but man it clears the sinuses! :)

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  10. I don't even want to discuss spiders!!

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  11. Most spiders are fine but I don't like the ones that bite. I'm battling mice right now. Every fall when the temperatures begin to drop a few field mice come in looking for a warm place to stay. It won't take long to get rid of them but they drive me cray until I know I am free of them until next year.

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  12. I do not like spiders but I also don't freak out when I see one

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  13. I would have freaked out and yelled for my hubby to come and kill it. I think they are of great value, need to be respected, help the world but I totally freak.

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  14. I capture and release them if I can, but if my wife screams and points at a spider when I'm sleepy I'd probably squish it.

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  15. I am a live and let live if they are outside... but I smite them in my home... lol... If they were the dangerous kind that bit, I would have to squash them too xox

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