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    I am with @Sunnyknight on this. sort of.

    If its poisonous, dangerous, can cause me or my family pain then its going to get squished. Bhuddist Xen or not, I dont care. I dont mind 'normal' spiders, but poisonous ones can

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    Quote Originally Posted by witch View Post
    Not to dig up an old thread or anything but here is an article that might allay a few fears, and hopefully a few spiders will now survive: Guest Post: The False Scourge of the False Widow | The Elwell Press
    Then again, the things we do to insects, surely there is no hope.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hefferzzzz View Post
    I am with @Sunnyknight on this. sort of.

    If its poisonous, dangerous, can cause me or my family pain then its going to get squished. Bhuddist Xen or not, I dont care. I dont mind 'normal' spiders, but poisonous ones can
    But that is the point of my post - very few spiders are actually poisonous and the issues caused are due to secondary infections which happen all the time to all sorts of injuries. Flies carry FAR MORE disease than spider bites hurt. Flies crawl over faeces and then crawl on you, or your food...A couple of pet spiders around the house, and flies are hardly ever a problem

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    When I worked for PGL in the South of France for a summer as a student, we had a "pet" Praying Mantis in the staff room. It was very effective as pest control. It was there that I learned to tolerate anything that ate me... so spiders were encouraged too. As for the massive beetles, it was better to flip those upright with my fingers than watch them being dismembered by the ants.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hefferzzzz View Post
    I am with @Sunnyknight on this. sort of.

    If its poisonous, dangerous, can cause me or my family pain then its going to get squished. Bhuddist Xen or not, I dont care. I dont mind 'normal' spiders, but poisonous ones can
    I'm killing every bugger i see. They could be offspring to the false black widow... i don't know, don't want to find out. My house is not a zoo!

    Quote Originally Posted by witch View Post
    But that is the point of my post - very few spiders are actually poisonous and the issues caused are due to secondary infections which happen all the time to all sorts of injuries. Flies carry FAR MORE disease than spider bites hurt. Flies crawl over faeces and then crawl on you, or your food...A couple of pet spiders around the house, and flies are hardly ever a problem
    When fly / wasp / bee / spiders start arising, they're all given the same treatment (though wasps and bees tend to hang near the window, so i try to let them out). No insect discrimination, just extermination.

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    I have a few resident spiders in my place. I leave them alone, as I very rarely have flies buzzing around!

    I know just how annoying being woken up by high pitched bzzzzzzzz in your ear is!

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    I have a few resident spiders in my place. I leave them alone, as I very rarely have flies buzzing around!

    I know just how annoying being woken up by high pitched bzzzzzzzz in your ear is!
    Our cat solves both those problems - much hilarity when you see him stalking and then jumping up in the air to catch the flies!
    However, the recent spate of "gifts" in the form of small rodents is starting to get annoying....

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