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(Daily Mail)   Man who has caught at least forty brown recluse spiders living in his small apartment is trying to observe a peaceful method of co-existence   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line 153
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2012-07-26 11:01:08 AM
I once hit a wolf spider with a stick and it made a "splat" sound.

Around my house, spiders don't have Geneva convention rights. We have brown recluse and black widows and I'm not shy with the Raid House & Garden.

It's just not worth risking a bite to be all peacenick and mellow about the spiders, especially with two small kids poking, lurking, and crawling into every nook and cranny everywhere.
 
2012-07-26 11:04:54 AM
The dude from the article clearly needs a Glock.
 
2012-07-26 11:06:21 AM

CapeFearCadaver: CapeFearCadaver: This guy was Huge.

At the time I almost thought he was someone's pet who got loose.


we have barn spiders that are really big...
 
2012-07-26 11:07:24 AM
I have a deal with the spiders at my house.

If I see you, I kill you.
 
2012-07-26 11:10:20 AM

durbnpoisn: Still not as oogy as a house centipede, though. Those things are a total horror show!


Real horrorshow, my droogies.
 
2012-07-26 11:11:01 AM
Brake Cleaner+Lighter

Let the chips fall where they may.
 
2012-07-26 11:11:24 AM

durbnpoisn: I'm not really squeamish about bugs in general, but those things are horrific!

Still not as oogy as a house centipede, though. Those things are a total horror show!


I hate those things! I can't get comfortable on the toilet because of the thought of one under the rim crawling out and onto my butt.
 
2012-07-26 11:14:50 AM
You think the brown recluse are bad, don't ever mess with a Sydney Funnel Web. Vicious little bastards.
 
2012-07-26 11:15:19 AM
This thread needs more pictures.

t2.gstatic.com
 
2012-07-26 11:15:37 AM
eff that
 
2012-07-26 11:17:32 AM
hell no.

just . . . HELL NO
 
2012-07-26 11:17:37 AM
I've got a nasty scar on my chest where one of the little b'tards got me. The doc had to cut out a 2" round chunk of flesh to keep the infection from spreading.
 
2012-07-26 11:18:42 AM
40 brown recluse spiders? He must have 400 other bugs in the place, then. Brown recluses will cannibalize each other if there's an overpopulation. Unless they all have plenty of food.
 
2012-07-26 11:19:56 AM
they have the article at the bottom about the greek runner who was booted from the olympics. Although it is somewhat of a non story, there is something like 20 pics in there since she is smoking hot. Just sayin'
 
2012-07-26 11:20:34 AM
Nuke the site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.

Seriously, I'd be out of there after about 3 of those things. 40? Hell no.
 
2012-07-26 11:25:14 AM

RabidRythmDivas: I used to rent an office that was infested with brown recluses. They are tought o get rid of. Multiple sealings and fumigatings are the only way to get rid of them, and even then, they will probably come back.

But the good news is they are called recluses for a good reason.

My favorite spider is the garden spider. My grandmother used to have giant ones in her garden every summer.

[www.whatsthatbug.com image 476x550]


We called them Corn Spiders where I grew up.
 
2012-07-26 11:25:43 AM
Aerosol can
+
lighter
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Fun way to kill an afternoon.

It's like a magnifying glass and ants, endless entertainment.With an infestation like that though? Probably need some VX Nerve Gas to fumigate the place.. it's the only way to be sure!
 
2012-07-26 11:26:18 AM

kidgenius: RabidRythmDivas: I used to rent an office that was infested with brown recluses. They are tought o get rid of. Multiple sealings and fumigatings are the only way to get rid of them, and even then, they will probably come back.

But the good news is they are called recluses for a good reason.

My favorite spider is the garden spider. My grandmother used to have giant ones in her garden every summer.

[www.whatsthatbug.com image 476x550]

I was visiting a plantation in Savannah a few years back, walking the grounds and checking things out. Very swampy with spanish moss, etc. Those spiders were the size of dinner plates and had huge webs that were just a foot or two above your head on the pathways.


They seem to thrive in Southern climates and get enormous. They don't usually bother people and can be quite beneficial at keeping other bugs down.
 
2012-07-26 11:26:41 AM

Headso: Clean really good all your stuff out and then bug fire bomb the place and then do it again and again get the hell outta Omaha.


/Just a suggestion.
 
2012-07-26 11:26:57 AM

RabidRythmDivas: I used to rent an office that was infested with brown recluses. They are tought o get rid of. Multiple sealings and fumigatings are the only way to get rid of them, and even then, they will probably come back.

But the good news is they are called recluses for a good reason.

My favorite spider is the garden spider. My grandmother used to have giant ones in her garden every summer.

[www.whatsthatbug.com image 476x550]


Best parts about garden spiders?
1). they don't move much. You will almost always find them in the dead center of their web.
2). They are big and colorful, which means you won't just come up on one and be surprised.
3). They don't like to be bothered. I had one who built a web on my hose bib a week ago. I would reach around to turn it on, but one day i pulled too hard on the hose and the manifold moved and messed her web up. Next day, she was gone. SHe moved to the back of the house where no one would bother her.
They are the only spider i will actively protect. RIP Gordon spider. Long live Gordon Spider II.
 
2012-07-26 11:27:48 AM
Scutigera coleoptrata laughs at arachnids and challenges any of 'em to a 1 on 1.

www.armesphoto.com
 
2012-07-26 11:28:45 AM

TheYeti: I have a deal with the spiders at my house.

If I see you, I kill you.


Wrong mentality. That way, they hide all the time and then you put your shoe on and blam, you're dead.

The real deal is, make yourself visible, no sudden movements, and no hiding in my shoes.
 
2012-07-26 11:29:14 AM

tonguedepressor: Scutigera coleoptrata laughs at arachnids and challenges any of 'em to a 1 on 1.

[www.armesphoto.com image 800x600]


Nuke it from orbit...
 
2012-07-26 11:29:37 AM

Public Savant: Crackers Are a Family Food:
/loves those tiny jumping spiders - they're cute as hell

Yeah, they are!
I'm scared shiatless of spiders, but even I like the jumpers.

/But, alright, if they maintain eye-contact I'm breaking out an axe-deoderant and a lighter.


So they can die dateless and in a painful fire?
 
2012-07-26 11:31:12 AM

kidgenius: CapeFearCadaver: Yay Spider Thread!

I had a brown recluse that lived outside my back door in an apartment way back when I was in college. I let him be, he never tried to get in the house... Come to think of it, that apartment area had a plethora of various spider friends around. Once I found what appeared to be a tarantula, though I know it wasn't. As large as my hand, light brown, hairy, and he didn't carry his body completely off the ground when he walked like a tarantula does... anyone knows what he might have been? Anyways, he was sitting right at my front door step after I took the dog for a walk, the dog (a puppy at the time) jumped backwards when he saw him, freaking hilarious.

Also had an argiope build a web above my front door at the same place... he was beautiful.

Wolf spider most likely.


I didn't mean to scare the puppy!
 
2012-07-26 11:31:27 AM

CapeFearCadaver: kidgenius: Wolf spider most likely.

I'm looking at GIS right now, and while some of the pictures of especially the Carolina wolf spider does look like him, the pictures that do show some amount of scale are way too small. This guy was Huge. As large if not larger than a decent sized human hand. There's a couple pics that look almost identical, but no scale reference...


Your earlier post kind of read like the best "Missed Connection" Craigslist ad ever.
 
2012-07-26 11:32:53 AM

swahnhennessy: 40 brown recluse spiders? He must have 400 other bugs in the place, then. Brown recluses will cannibalize each other if there's an overpopulation. Unless they all have plenty of food.


And eventually he'll be left with the biggest, meanest, most venomous spider in the place. Sleep tight
 
2012-07-26 11:32:57 AM

mortimer_ford: Public Savant: Crackers Are a Family Food:
/loves those tiny jumping spiders - they're cute as hell

Yeah, they are!
I'm scared shiatless of spiders, but even I like the jumpers.

/But, alright, if they maintain eye-contact I'm breaking out an axe-deoderant and a lighter.

So they can die dateless and in a painful fire?


ha.
 
2012-07-26 11:33:48 AM

CapeFearCadaver: kidgenius: Wolf spider most likely.

I'm looking at GIS right now, and while some of the pictures of especially the Carolina wolf spider does look like him, the pictures that do show some amount of scale are way too small. This guy was Huge. As large if not larger than a decent sized human hand. There's a couple pics that look almost identical, but no scale reference...


Wolf spiders can get pretty big. I've seen them almost hand sized in New England; I imagine they can get larger in certain parts of the country.
 
2012-07-26 11:34:32 AM

Mr. Potatoass: [i.dailymail.co.uk image 468x286]

It must suck, living in an apartment rife with spiders, and being a mime.


http://www.theonion.com/articles/meth-addicts-demand-government-addre s s-nations-gro,2137/


o.onionstatic.com
 
2012-07-26 11:36:04 AM
i.ebayimg.com

Dodge this. Works on insects, and spiders can't fly away, so...
 
2012-07-26 11:36:34 AM

Jack Kerouac: CapeFearCadaver: kidgenius: Wolf spider most likely.

I'm looking at GIS right now, and while some of the pictures of especially the Carolina wolf spider does look like him, the pictures that do show some amount of scale are way too small. This guy was Huge. As large if not larger than a decent sized human hand. There's a couple pics that look almost identical, but no scale reference...

Wolf spiders can get pretty big. I've seen them almost hand sized in New England; I imagine they can get larger in certain parts of the country.


I live in Idaho, just had a wolf spider invade my kitchen. Thing was about the size of your average tarantula. At first I thought it might be one(very unusual for my neck of the woods. never seen one here) until I got closer to it and realized it was just a wolf spider. Made a great splat noise when I killed it.
 
2012-07-26 11:37:45 AM
Just let loose 40 of these
tucsoncitizen.com
That should cure your spider problem.
 
2012-07-26 11:38:16 AM
farm9.staticflickr.com

Found this lovely making a nest on the other side of my patio glass. busy little thing. efficient to. waited till dusk when the light from the house attracts the tasty morsels to the glass. Watched it capture and eat abotu a half dozen various flying things. The next day the web was gone.
 
2012-07-26 11:39:22 AM

AbbeySomeone: Headso: Clean really good and then bug bomb the place and then do it again and again.

Simple glue traps will get some of them as well. He could have been putting those down with the time he wasted AW'ing to the media.


He was. Local media showed some of the traps with quite a few of the nasty little critters stuck to it. Big, thumb-sized little monsters too.

Why isn't the landlord doing anything about it? He should be told by the city to "spray out your spider farm or get cited".
 
2012-07-26 11:39:57 AM
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/obligatory
 
2012-07-26 11:42:42 AM
What a spider on me looks like:
studio.nathanielguy.com

How I feel:
images4.wikia.nocookie.net
/with much less smiling.
 
2012-07-26 11:47:30 AM

thismomentinblackhistory: Your earlier post kind of read like the best "Missed Connection" Craigslist ad ever.


Bwahaha... good idea.
 
2012-07-26 11:51:06 AM
I have a LOT of experience with brown recluse spiders...a while back I bought a home in the country that was unoccupied for 8 months prior....killed 30 in the first two weeks, but was never bit. The next house I occupied had them all over the place, so I have yet another infestation to deal with. They are very popular in the southeast, particularly TN, GA, MS, AL, FL, SC/NC, OK, MO.

HOW TO DEAL WITH BROWN RECLUSE SPIDERS

Here is my short thesis on dealing with a recluse infestation. Free of charge.

1. Once you have 'em, you always have 'em.

Brown recluse spiders live up to their name, and the rule is if you see one, you have 25. They are amazingly resilient to conventional treatment techniques, and can survive without food and with barely little air for as long as 6 months. Fog bombs will scare them out of their hiding, but they are good at finding nooks and crannies in the walls/attic that the fog does not reach, and they sit and wait.

2. Bite prevention

In parallel with this article, most recluse bites occur while you are sleeping. The recluse typically follows the wall line, and will climb up any obstacles. They do not attack, and will flee if endangered, but if you roll over onto one such that there is no escape, that's when they bite. So, like the article states, move the bed away from the wall, lift/remove bedskirts or bedding that touches the floor, and I also suggest glue traps around the bed legs.

As for round-the-house safety, always wear socks, and keep a very keen eye on the floor at all times. If your infestation is bad, you will often find the spiders in places where water sits: sinks, tubs, toilets, etc. So always check any water source for spiders prior to use. Get in the habit of checking for spiders wherever you walk, and wherever/whenever you might place your hands. Also, do not EVER reach your hand under/behind something like furniture, etc, without first checking to make sure it is safe. Since furniture is rarely moved, recluses tend to occupy those spaces.

It is also important to not leave clothes/shoes on the floor, as recluses tend to hide in them. If moving a pile or a shoe, be extremely careful when you do so, cuz the recluses will literally jump out. Oh yeah, and recluses can jump, so if you see one on the wall, do not get close to it.

Next, be absolutely paranoid about opening boxes and containers, particularly if they've been sitting on the floor, or outside on the ground. Recluse love to live in boxes, especially cardboard boxes. If you have an LP collection, be very careful when moving the records around.

Finally, clean often, and move the furniture to clean often, as that will often scare them out of hiding.

3. Treatment

As I mentioned before, conventional treatment is not very successful, and no treatment is 100% effective...once you got 'em, you always have 'em. However, you can dramatically reduce the population to the point of little worry doing the following things:
1) set at least two glue traps per wall in the house, and change them as soon as they catch a spider (if you let spiders build up, other recluses will use the filled traps as a food source).
Then, 2) set fog bombs in the attic and basement. This will greatly increase your recluse exposure, but the glue traps will likely catch most of them.
3) Use the harshest professional insecticide possible around the outside of the house and in your yard.
4) Remove any and all piles of debris (firewood piles especially) anywhere near your house.
5) Avoid storing anything on floors, especially in basements and attics...recluse love to live inside boxes.
6) "rinse and repeat" -- do these treatments 3 or 4 times a year. If the recluse live in your yard, they also live in all your neighbors' yards, and it is only a matter of time before they return.
7) If you have garden spiders (which are often mistaken for recluses), do not kill them. Garden spiders are faster than recluses, and love using recluses as a food source.

4. Bite treatment

If think you've been bitten by a recluse, kill the spider with the least amount of bodily mutation as possible and try to collect it (I'll tell you why in a minute). Take a Benadryl right away, and GO TO THE HOSPITAL. DO NOT WAIT. Hospitals with experience in recluse bites know that it's easier to prevent the resulting necrosis the earlier it is treated. Note, however, that hospitals generally want to have the biting spider so that they can test the venom for the necrosis bacteria, and to make sure it is actually a recluse (garden spiders are often mistaken for recluses).

Again DO NOT WAIT to treat it. As you will see in a GIS, a recluse necrosis bite can be so bad that amputation becomes a possible necessity. Yes, they hurt like hell and yes it is gross.

Hope that helps...and if you need to use this information, you have my deepest sympathies.
 
2012-07-26 11:51:51 AM

branchtroy: [farm9.staticflickr.com image 720x540]

Found this lovely making a nest on the other side of my patio glass. busy little thing. efficient to. waited till dusk when the light from the house attracts the tasty morsels to the glass. Watched it capture and eat abotu a half dozen various flying things. The next day the web was gone.


Got the same situation with the same kind of spider on my porch door(the kind with a window). She even cleans up her web in the morning. I use the door in the day and she uses it at night.
 
2012-07-26 11:54:21 AM

Bruxellensis: This thread needs more pictures.

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That is not actually a recluse...the identifying mark of a recluse is a brown/tan body with a violin-shaped dark mark on its back. Garden spiders and other similar breeds are often mistaken for recluse. The picture you showed might be some different breed of recluse, but I've never seen/heard of it.
 
2012-07-26 11:56:02 AM

Macinfarker: I have a LOT of experience with brown recluse spiders...a while back I bought a home in the country that was unoccupied for 8 months prior....killed 30 in the first two weeks, but was never bit. The next house I occupied had them all over the place, so I have yet another infestation to deal with. They are very popular in the southeast, particularly TN, GA, MS, AL, FL, SC/NC, OK, MO.

HOW TO DEAL WITH BROWN RECLUSE SPIDERS

Here is my short thesis on dealing with a recluse infestation. Free of charge.

Move.


FTFM.
 
2012-07-26 11:56:29 AM

Macinfarker: HOW TO DEAL WITH BROWN RECLUSE SPIDERS


Oh, I forgot one more thing: if you have a recluse infestation, DO NOT where clothing that brushes the floor. Also, if the infestation is really bad, where clothing (like sweat pants) that fits right around the ankles. Many bites occur in workshop areas where the recluse crawls up the pant leg, and when the person moves or feels something on their leg and swats at it, the immediate threat will cause the recluse to bite.
 
2012-07-26 11:57:39 AM

tonguedepressor: Scutigera coleoptrata laughs at arachnids and challenges any of 'em to a 1 on 1.


www.armesphoto.com



So much this.

I bet this idiot's first mistake was squashing every one of those things whenever he saw them. If he'd let them live, there wouldn't be so damn many spiders around.

Unless you have a cockroach or bedbug or termite problem, and provided you don't live like a filthy pig, the only pest control most people need is a healthy population of those guys and the occasional ant bait. You won't even know they're there most of the time.
 
2012-07-26 11:59:28 AM

probesport: Macinfarker: I have a LOT of experience with brown recluse spiders...a while back I bought a home in the country that was unoccupied for 8 months prior....killed 30 in the first two weeks, but was never bit. The next house I occupied had them all over the place, so I have yet another infestation to deal with. They are very popular in the southeast, particularly TN, GA, MS, AL, FL, SC/NC, OK, MO.

HOW TO DEAL WITH BROWN RECLUSE SPIDERS

Here is my short thesis on dealing with a recluse infestation. Free of charge.

Move.

FTFM.


Also good advice :-)...however, if you live in a part of the country where recluses are common, the only way to avoid them is to move into a brand new development that has had nearly all of its land bulldozed. Any neighborhood in the southeast more than 30 years old is likely to have them everywhere.

If you must have a garage, make it detached as well. Recluses are very common in garages and sheds.
 
2012-07-26 11:59:41 AM
This is why I like to keep Daddy-Long-Legs in dark areas such as closets, shoe racks, and behind TV's. They leave horrible cluttery nests but I've seen them drop onto other spider's webs and straight up murder the occupant. They'll kill anything spidery and I've never been bitten handling as they are probably one of the most cowardly insects in the world.
 
2012-07-26 12:02:04 PM

tonguedepressor: Scutigera coleoptrata laughs at arachnids and challenges any of 'em to a 1 on 1.

[www.armesphoto.com image 800x600]


Yes, they're creepy as fark, but (a) they kill the REAL pests and (b) if you have them, you should probably spray for pests. ;)
 
2012-07-26 12:02:58 PM

phaseolus: tonguedepressor: Scutigera coleoptrata laughs at arachnids and challenges any of 'em to a 1 on 1.


[www.armesphoto.com image 100x75]


So much this.

I bet this idiot's first mistake was squashing every one of those things whenever he saw them. If he'd let them live, there wouldn't be so damn many spiders around.

Unless you have a cockroach or bedbug or termite problem, and provided you don't live like a filthy pig, the only pest control most people need is a healthy population of those guys and the occasional ant bait. You won't even know they're there most of the time.


Yup. Centipedes are OK in my book. Just...stay hidden, you creepy little farkers...
 
2012-07-26 12:05:21 PM
disclaimer to my earlier post -- I live where winters are cold, so there's a lot about warm climate bugs that I *don't* know.
 
2012-07-26 12:06:58 PM

phaseolus: disclaimer to my earlier post -- I live where winters are cold, so there's a lot about warm climate bugs that I *don't* know.


Ha...yeah MN does not have recluse spiders. I should move there.
 
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