Ashford family's terror over invasion of venomous false widow spiders nesting at Park Farm home
Some have emigrated.....
Some people have irrational fears of insects. I had a friend who once startled me by jumping up out of his seat, grabbing a newspaper and then hitting a small spider (which had appeared from under the sofa) before jumping up and down on the newspaper. He then got a hoover and from a safe distance slid the nozzle under the paper so he could hoover the thing up without having to set eyes on it. He was visibly sweating and shaking, my flabber was truly ghasted.
Personally I can't stand earwigs. I killed one this morning when it emerged from the pile of walnuts I collected in the garden yesterday. A spider I would have picked up and put outside but earwigs - I just don't want them around.
I didn't like earwigs, until I read about them and found out that the females are very maternal, and will look out for their kids. Think they're kinda sweet now.
I'm not especially fussed by spiders but my gf can't stand them. Fortunately we have an extremely predatory cat who will catch and eat them on sight, so very few get seen in the flat nowadays.
Any spider that kills wasps is a friend of mine as long as it stays away from me
My wife & daughter are scared of spiders. I use a large jam jar & a piece of card to evict the spiders. The jar goes over the spider, the card slides under the jar, the spider lifts its feet & then you can invert the jar with spider inside. A quick trip out the door & job is done.
witch (3rd October 2013)
False widow spiders aside, a fear of spiders is anathema to me but each to his own I suppose. BUT there is NO NEED to kill them. You can buy humane catchers or get someone else to do it.
ButterflyMoon (3rd October 2013)
JUST DON'T KILL SPIDERS
I mean either buy a humane catcher or get someone else to catch them
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When I catch a spider (which I try and do without harming it) and I throw it out of the window on a frosty winters day, I might not be killing it but almost certainly in some cases, the action will result in the death of the spider. I'm also almost certainly responsible for the deaths of many more when I occasionally get fed up with greenfly/blackfly etc and let loose with insecticide. Philosophically, I can't see much difference between a blackfly and a spider (apart from the tautologically obvious), so I think I'm doomed to endless guilt as I put my needs before their lives.
I am sacred to DEATH of spiders . Even just the site of one can have me shaking sweating etc…sometimes even throwing up. Honestly don’t know where my fear come from. However, my GF is not bothered by them at all and will remove them (without hurting/killing them…she’s vegan so won’t kill/hurt anything). I’m ashamed to say I have had to kill a few in the past (if I’m home alone or whatever)…normally from throwing a book across the room as I will not get close!
It’s odd…but I guess people are just scared of different things. For example, snakes don’t both me in the slightest. Years back with an ex, we were looking after her brothers house and his pet snake escaped. Panic from the ex…I just found it, walked up to it, picked it up and placed it back home. No worries.
I don't mind [most] spiders and try to avoid killing them where possible..
Wasps however - make me do that Man V Wasp dance of terror (much to the enjoyment of the wife who keeps threatening to video it and post it on FB and/or Youtube!)
"Slaters" (aka wood lice) also, for some unexplained childhood reason, also fill me with dread.
As do earwigs - probably from watching Star Trek II (The Wrath Of Khan) - you know the scene!
I dont mind spiders...house flies are the most annoying things ever and the spiders keep them in control
and the giant wasps looks like a big handful of NOPE to me..my instant reaction when i saw the photo was "nopenopenopenopenopenope"
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