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my new buddy

came home from going out to dinner w/ DWIED last night (a rare event in itself) and this fella was there to greet me.....

not the largest i've seen around here, but cool nonetheless.

though you'd enjoy the shots......
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Neat!

I do not think we have any of those around here, but this year I have seen a bunch of jumping spiders, mini springboards. You get use to them pretty quick, but the gal's (I am glad my hearing is down), can't quite warm up to them.

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Jeez, I can't show this to JWHAP, if she even has the slightest notion that there are spiders that big around your place I won't be able to get her out of the car on our next visit.

I know we have them around our place as well but shhhhhh, don't tell Ricki.


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I do not appreciate your photog skills nor do I appreciate the subject. Please remove posthaste...it gives me the heebies just looking at that monstrosity!


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We need a moderator over here, stat! Exterminate that thing and this thread! (The spider, not Dave!)


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We saw a big tarantula last weekend; the first one in years. Must be mating season. We used to see them everywhere this time of year.


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Is that a ta-ta-tarantula? Good Lord man...you must have a death wish! I realize their bites aren't lethal, but I'd literally have a cardiac experience if I had one of those in my house.


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Barbecued, they are supposed to taste like crab smile

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My son saw a spider under my pier this weekend and pointed it out to me. It was near tarantula size
I need to try and identify it. He or (she)was focused in(with 50 pairs of eyes) on another spider caught in a web. I DONT LIKE SPIDERS OR SNAKES.

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Originally Posted By: JKB
Barbecued, they are supposed to taste like crab smile


No doubt Catmandoo has four or five recipes for them....

Tarantula Pizza

Tarantula Turn Overs

Tarantula Tacos

Tarantula a la mode

Tarantulas don't bother me. Despite their size they are relatively docile.

A couple of years ago I found a nice sized Scorpion at our place. I slid a shovel underneath it and relocated it away from our trailer. We also grow large Black Widow spiders, our tool shed is a regular Black Widow Motel 6.

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Originally Posted By: teehjaeh57
I do not appreciate your photog skills nor do I appreciate the subject. Please remove posthaste...it gives me the heebies just looking at that monstrosity!


Arachnophobia. grin

Millipedes give me the heebie jeebies. I guess everyone is a uncomfortable with at least 1 critter.

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Originally Posted By: jeffhasapond


We also grow large Black Widow spiders, our tool shed is a regular Black Widow Motel 6.


Is that a Hotel California Black Widow Motel 6, where the males never leave?

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Sure is. Most spiders I don't give a second thought. Black Widows get my attention everytime. This last trip up I went into the tool barn and went to move something in the shed. Movement caught my eye and to my left was one of the largest, healthiest, Black Widows I have ever seen (and we grow some big ones here in So Cal). I bet that Black Widow had a relative weight of 110-120%, I don't have any proof of this as I couldn't think of a way to measure and weigh it without causing it to become highly agitated and I can't find any Black Widow Wr tables.

Black Widows are one of the few things that I terminate with extreme prejudice.


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Shortly after buying my property, about 25 or so years ago, I had no structures but did have a wife(previous) and 3 daughters. For their convenience, I bought a used port-a-john and installed it. After about a month, a black widow was seen. I bet I killed 6 or 7 of them. To the best of my recollection, the john was never used again and the ladies seldom joined me in the outdoors.


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Well, this thread just told me what I need to send TJ! I already know what to send Todd..... grin


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Beware of brown recluse. You hardly ever see them; they never come out, you find them when moving stuff that should have been moved long ago. My mom, now 90, was about 85 at the time she got bit in bed. Not knowing what bit her,just an uncomfortable stinging sensation.
Fast forward about a year and many Dr. visits and a hole the size of a quarter in her leg. She finally went to a plastic surgeon in a town 35 miles away weekly for about a year. He kept scraping it out and etc. She fell for the 40ish Dr. ans still talks about him. it kept her going. She is still going. I told her she would probably bury me....Beware brown recluse territory.


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great story burger.....go mom.

we have all the creepy critters you could imagine, in addtion to the tarantulas, plenty of scorpions, western diamondbacks, etc. etc..

when we were heavy into remodel construction it was a hoot to try and get electricians, plumbers, etc. under the house. i ended up doing all the crawlspace work....wire pull throughs etc...and of course demanded and rec'vd discounts for it smile


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I just ran into a few Northern Black Widows today while moving a pile of landscape timbers. Looking them up. One should seek medical attention immediately if bitten. They are just little things, maybe 1-1/2 inches long, including the legs. I did not even know we had anything like that around here.

Talking with my sister today, apparently the local exterminators are busy with these guys this year.

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The brown recluse along with armadillos have made it into Nebraska due to changing climate - and I'm not claiming it's caused by humans - so everyone can rest easy! We had an entire apartment complex shut down because of a BR infestation. They sprayed it for six months I think to try and rid the complex of these dangerous spiders. Folks eventually moved back in. I am always careful rearranging my wood piles during the warm months and always use gloves just in case. Brown Recluse are nothing to mess around with.


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Originally Posted By: teehjaeh57
The brown recluse along with armadillos have made it into Nebraska due to changing climate - and I'm not claiming it's caused by humans - so everyone can rest easy!


I'm betting the armadillos are carrying the brown recluse spiders. Their territories overlap too much for it to be coincidence. In California we don't have either of them.


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Originally Posted By: JKB
Barbecued, they are supposed to taste like crab smile


Sewer rat may taste like pumkin pie but that don't mean you'll catch me eating it.

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Originally Posted By: jeffhasapond
Originally Posted By: teehjaeh57
The brown recluse along with armadillos have made it into Nebraska due to changing climate - and I'm not claiming it's caused by humans - so everyone can rest easy!


I'm betting the armadillos are carrying the brown recluse spiders. Their territories overlap too much for it to be coincidence. In California we don't have either of them.


Hmmm...amazing you immeditately connected the dots, Jeff. Of course you're well aware both species are in collusion. Probably also well aware of the army of Sasquatch stormtroopers commanding a fleet of assault UFOs...you guessed it - all masterminded by the GSF guild!


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We definitely have Brown Recluse Spiders. We put sticky traps in the corners of our ranch house to catch an occasional scorpion that finds its way into the house. Several years ago my son noticed that a spider caught in one trap was a brown recluse. I put more traps out and have caught dozens over the past 3 years. Fact is especially if you are in "the country" it is highly probable that you have them in your house if you live in the South. You just dont see them becasue they don't have webs and are nocturnal. There is a documented story about an Oklahoma family that caught over 2,000 in traps over a one year period of time and no one in the house had been bit.

After sleeping with one eye open when I am visiting our ranch house, I am finally not worried about them. In the past 3 weeks I have caught 3 in sticky traps in the bedroom where I sleep. The key is to pull the bed headboard away from the wall and do not let the bed skirts touch the ground. They have no way to get into bed with you. Bites are extremely rare and it requires that there is pressure on the back of the spider before their fangs are dispatched to bite. You get bit when you roll over on them or if they get into clothing. The very best defense is to use the paper thin sticky traps. Put them in every corner and monitor if you catch spiders. Spraying for them does not work unless you hit them directly. Some research suggests that if you spray for them it increases the population because they prefer dead insects over live. We purchased a Brown Recluse first aid kit that is available online. It contains a paste that you put over a bite that extracts the poison and lessens the severity. I have researched this subject extensively and it really does seem to work.

We have plenty of Black Widows also - but only seen in the barn or the exterior eaves of the house. They prefer clean and open areas.


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OK, where do I get the sticky traps?


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https://www.cleanertoday.com/ProductDeta...CFQ5biAodJShmcQ

Probably tons of other options at Home Depot, Lowes etc.

You may want to consider hiring me as a personal shopper?


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