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Old 07-12-07, 09:43 AM
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Spiders - Cool or Evil?

What do you guys think about spiders? Like if you see a spider in your house, even one that isn't poisonous, do you freak out or just let it slide?

I personally hate most spiders. I'm severely arachnophobic - I used to be so bad that if I even saw a spider in my bedroom and didn't kill it, I would be unable to sleep there for days.

I have a friend, however, who is a tad slobby, and he's totally down with the spiders. He likes to let them chill out around his house. When I ask him how he can stand this, he says "spiders get rid of bugs, termites, etc, so they're helpful"

What about you guys? are spiders more useful than scary? I mean, would you be perfectly cool with a Brazilian Wandering Spider just chillin in your house? daddy long legs don't count. they aren't true spiders in that they dont have any venom whatsoever
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I don't mind spiders if they're far away from me. Spider webs can be pretty when I'm not walking through them.

If they come near me, though, it's squishin' time.

(And actually, the Daddy Longlegs is one of the more venomous spiders, they just don't have enough of it to harm a person.)
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i try to get them outside first. but, i have to say, i have killed a few before. but i've always felt bad afterward. then i usually watch TV and forget the whole thing ever happened.
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Taerom had a pet spider for a while. It was kinda funny when he would take it for a walk on a leash...
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Here in Bozeman, we have a Hobo Spider epidemic going on.

See spider, kill spider.
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I bet they are cute holding a tiny little stick with a fly wrapped in a red bandana hanging from the end.
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Phobias are for irrational fears. Fear of junk ripping badgers is perfectly rational. Those things are nasty.
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Kill the buggers, Kill the buggers, Kill the buggers, Kill the buggers, Kill the buggers !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Depends. Is it on me or not.
Hanging from the ceiling or running across the floor, let them eat bugs.
Hanging from my neck, I stomp everything within six feet of me flat.

Living in the woods I can say the number one best reason to wear glasses, walking face first into webs.
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Originally Posted by AllenG
Living in the woods I can say the number one best reason to wear glasses, walking face first into webs.
I worked at and recreated at a local marina for over 10 years. Part of my early morning ritual was getting facially assulted by spider webs and the residents thereof, both predator and prey, so I can feel for ya, brother!
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Phobias are for irrational fears. Fear of junk ripping badgers is perfectly rational. Those things are nasty.
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Originally Posted by x136
(And actually, the Daddy Longlegs is one of the more venomous spiders, they just don't have enough of it to harm a person.)
that's actually a popular myth, although understandably so, since true daddylonglegs (which are not venomous and therefore harmless) are often mistaken for similar-looking spiders which are slightly venomous

and RIGHT ON about the woods post. I went camping down in Devils Den, Arkansas with a friend of mine and we got lost in the middle of the night and were wandering around, absolutely just getting coated in spider webs.
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cool spider:

evil spider:

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Here's a Hobo I caught outside my house

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aren't hobo spiders pretty venomous?
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Originally Posted by Weeks
aren't hobo spiders pretty venomous?

Yes.

I have a scar on my leg from a Hobo bite.
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poisonous-->squishy-squishy
otherwise-->leave it be

I'm pretty much down with anything that eats bugs.
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how'd you like to come home and see this?

http://www.fazed.org/content/clock_spider/

huntsman spiders are huge
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Originally Posted by Weeks
how'd you like to come home and see this?

http://www.fazed.org/content/clock_spider/

huntsman spiders are huge
whoa! actually, the picture of the spider by itself isn't too bad. the legs sticking out of the clock give me willies. *shudder*
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Originally Posted by Weeks
how'd you like to come home and see this?

http://www.fazed.org/content/clock_spider/

huntsman spiders are huge

Das a HUGE b!tch!
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Inside the house, I kill 'em. We live in the woods. The spider factory will make more.

Usually we get daddy long legs inside. Next in line would probably be parson spiders. Once in a blue moon I have the misfortune of running into a wolf spider. *shiver* They can get unnervingly big.
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if you ever see a spider like this in your house, definitely kill it:

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Originally Posted by Weeks
how'd you like to come home and see this?

http://www.fazed.org/content/clock_spider/

huntsman spiders are huge

Not as big as the Camel Spider!!



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Evil. I ran into a couple black widows while I was pulling up the deck, they had laid eggs on the corner of each square section. There were about 20 sections.
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Originally Posted by timmhaan
whoa! actually, the picture of the spider by itself isn't too bad. the legs sticking out of the clock give me willies. *shudder*
it's like it's just waiting in ambush to run out and pounce on you as soon you go to open the blinds or something


that's a misleading photograph, it makes those two camel spiders look 10 inches long or something, when they actually are smaller than the palm of your hand. i could be mistaken though.
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Still have a big gnarly spot on my leg that I'm fairly certain was a spider bite. I say squish 'em all.
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Originally Posted by Siu Blue Wind
is that a spider or fruit from a tropical cactus
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