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(Daily Mail)   Deadly black widow spider from Texas invades England, has hundreds of babies...hey look out, there is one on your arm   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line 145
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2012-11-15 07:48:24 PM  
But remember: they're only a little deadly.

/Good luck English people from you're neighbors across the pond
 
2012-11-15 07:51:28 PM  

Voiceofreason01: But remember: they're only a little deadly.

/Good luck English people from you're neighbors across the pond


*your

/fark
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-11-15 07:55:44 PM  
the notoriously viscous spider

It's only viscous after you squish it.
 
2012-11-15 08:16:33 PM  
guy has a tattoo on his arm...of a spider...lolz
 
2012-11-15 08:38:40 PM  
Buncha pansies. I have to clear out hundreds of these every year, silly things like building nests in my goddamn mailbox.
 
2012-11-15 09:11:08 PM  
Black Widow's bite reported to be 15 times stronger than a rattlesnake's ... by the Department of Anally-Derived Statistics.

Engineers at the plant discovered the notoriously viscous spider ... So just chill them a bit and they become syrupy and immobile. Problem solved!
 
2012-11-15 09:39:05 PM  

ZAZ: the notoriously viscous spider

It's only viscous after you squish it.


That article was full of errors a good editor would have never missed.
 
2012-11-15 09:56:01 PM  

bdub77: ZAZ: the notoriously viscous spider

It's only viscous after you squish it.

That article was full of errors a good editor would have never missed.


Unfortunately, it was written for the Daily Fail.
 
2012-11-15 10:28:07 PM  
Vicious spider? They're scared to death of coming in contact with you, they run away from a gentle breeze. And deadly? Maybe to a baby or a very old person. What happened to the stiff upper lip, Britain?

Oh and all spiders are venomous, you Daily Fail knobs. You mean poisonous to humans. 

/Loves spiders.
 
2012-11-15 10:44:55 PM  
Easy there Brits. Having lived 40+ years right smack dab in black widow territory, you have to work really hard to get bitten. If you spend lots of time climbing around under houses in crawl spaces you might want to carry some bug spray with you but otherwise don't sweat it.
 
2012-11-15 11:50:11 PM  
Gedanken Experiment:

You are British, arrange the following in order of scare factor:

Blood pudding
Black Widows
Letting some kid grow a mustache for Movember.
 
2012-11-15 11:57:59 PM  

bdub77: ZAZ: the notoriously viscous spider

It's only viscous after you squish it.

That article was full of errors a good editor would have never missed.


It was the unpossible to use ele4ctric spell checkers.
 
2012-11-16 12:02:45 AM  
Well, you try writing an article when you're paralysed by the ingrained pommie terror of all things araneid.
 
2012-11-16 12:02:57 AM  
Nope. Nope nope nope nope nope.
 
2012-11-16 12:03:14 AM  
There are blacks in Texas?
 
2012-11-16 12:06:53 AM  

vossiewulf: Easy there Brits. Having lived 40+ years right smack dab in black widow territory, you have to work really hard to get bitten. If you spend lots of time climbing around under houses in crawl spaces you might want to carry some bug spray with you but otherwise don't sweat it.


Yup. They're really easy to live with. Just don't poke them or their next.

The hobo spider on the other hand will charge 4-6 feet just to bite you because fark you that's why.
 
2012-11-16 12:07:25 AM  
As someone who has been bitten by both a Black Widow and a Brown Recluse, I can safely say "Quit your goddamned whining, England."

Seriously though, these aren't exactly the most dangerous thing we've exported to the United Kingdom. As I recall, Plaxico Burress played a game there once.
 
2012-11-16 12:08:17 AM  
It's started...

d.gr-assets.com
 
2012-11-16 12:08:35 AM  
I'm scared of spiders.
 
2012-11-16 12:10:25 AM  

Captain James T. Smirk: As someone who has been bitten by both a Black Widow and a Brown Recluse, I can safely say "Quit your goddamned whining, England."

Seriously though, these aren't exactly the most dangerous thing we've exported to the United Kingdom. As I recall, Plaxico Burress played a game there once.


B.S. without pics. Nobody gets bit by a Brown Recluse and doesn't take pictures of the extruded sausage hamburger that results.

/I've seen it.
//It ain't pretty
///Iowa
 
2012-11-16 12:10:54 AM  
We should respect the Black Widow's culture and work hard to integrate her 100 offspring.
 
2012-11-16 12:12:05 AM  
lol, i literally have 4 or 5 around my house because i haven't sprayed in a while. they ARE deadly, if you go up to one and let it crawl on you. then aggravate it, then don't seek medical attention AND you are old, a baby, or sick. essentially a Darwin device.

/one bites me in my sleep and i die tonight.
 
2012-11-16 12:14:10 AM  
Oh, no!
There goes Tokyo!
Oh oh Black Widow!

/don't fear the Ropers
 
2012-11-16 12:15:29 AM  

Sherman Potter: Captain James T. Smirk: As someone who has been bitten by both a Black Widow and a Brown Recluse, I can safely say "Quit your goddamned whining, England."

Seriously though, these aren't exactly the most dangerous thing we've exported to the United Kingdom. As I recall, Plaxico Burress played a game there once.

B.S. without pics. Nobody gets bit by a Brown Recluse and doesn't take pictures of the extruded sausage hamburger that results.

/I've seen it.
//It ain't pretty
///Iowa


I got bit on the arm while I was at Fort Jackson, SC. The Drill Sergeants had a pre-arranged plan for recluse bites, even though they were rare and even though necrosis from a recluse bite happens less than half of the time. About fifteen seconds after I got bit, slapped my arm, saw the remains of a recluse, and said "Oh, shiat", I was on a truck on the way to the base hospital, and within ten minutes I was getting my arm washed down with about thirty different soaps and being needled full of all kinds of meds. Ended up with nothing but a normal-looking, tiny spider bite that went away in a couple of days.
 
2012-11-16 12:16:50 AM  
Black Widow spiders are common around here. They like to make their nests on the inside corners of my house's exterior. The webs are very irregular and are annoying because they tend to pick up a lot of debris and are unsightly.

So during their peak season, I take a flashlight and a shoe and walk the perimeter of the house just after dark when they've come out. I crush all the spiders I see. I think my record was to crush 15 BWs and three scorpions in one night. I generally leave the tarantulas alone unless they get into the house (only happened once).


/have never found a BW inside the house
//effing scorpions love to come inside, though
 
2012-11-16 12:23:07 AM  
Grew up in the woods in Virginia. I made it my mission as a child to rid our property of those bastards. Killed hundreds of those farkers in a myriad of ways. Where is that stiff upper lip brits?

/Could they even start a population in Britain? Seems like a habit they aren't suited for.
 
2012-11-16 12:24:04 AM  

Captain James T. Smirk: Sherman Potter: Captain James T. Smirk: As someone who has been bitten by both a Black Widow and a Brown Recluse, I can safely say "Quit your goddamned whining, England."

Seriously though, these aren't exactly the most dangerous thing we've exported to the United Kingdom. As I recall, Plaxico Burress played a game there once.

B.S. without pics. Nobody gets bit by a Brown Recluse and doesn't take pictures of the extruded sausage hamburger that results.

/I've seen it.
//It ain't pretty
///Iowa

I got bit on the arm while I was at Fort Jackson, SC. The Drill Sergeants had a pre-arranged plan for recluse bites, even though they were rare and even though necrosis from a recluse bite happens less than half of the time. About fifteen seconds after I got bit, slapped my arm, saw the remains of a recluse, and said "Oh, shiat", I was on a truck on the way to the base hospital, and within ten minutes I was getting my arm washed down with about thirty different soaps and being needled full of all kinds of meds. Ended up with nothing but a normal-looking, tiny spider bite that went away in a couple of days.


Well then, you're lucky. The one I saw was in rural Iowa after a 4-hour trip to the ER. The poor girl's leg looked like raw sausage. Horrible.
 
2012-11-16 12:26:34 AM  
now THAT was the most alarmist, blown- out- of- proportion article i've read today! I especially like the part at the end, after all the gnashing and wailing about deadly black widows, how it quietly says most bites cause no serious damage. Way to go Daily Mail! Hopefully Britain installs some more surveillance cams now, to protect them for this deadly scourge.
 
2012-11-16 12:27:50 AM  
Oh hi.

media.theweek.com
 
2012-11-16 12:28:14 AM  
Yay for living in the Great White North; little farkers would never survive a real winter
 
2012-11-16 12:28:47 AM  
Spiders creep me out. Yesterday, there was a spider on my front door, on the inside, about 6" from the bottom. Told my kid to spray it, and after it died, was a black widow. another time, I was replacing the faucet on th kitchen sink,, shined the light up under the sink, and there was one in the back left corner.. Got out from there, fast , had a plumber replace the faucet. BTW, I live in New Mexico.
 
2012-11-16 12:28:59 AM  
When I was an infant, my parents kept my crib in a corner directly under a black widow's nest.

And I do mean kept, because mommy dearest has verified several times that she intentionally left it there after the nest appeared.
 
2012-11-16 12:29:52 AM  

insertsnarkyusername: Grew up in the woods in Virginia. I made it my mission as a child to rid our property of those bastards. Killed hundreds of those farkers in a myriad of ways. Where is that stiff upper lip brits?

/Could they even start a population in Britain? Seems like a habit they aren't suited for.


I don't think we have room to say anything given our fear mongering over the pythons in Florida.
 
2012-11-16 12:30:55 AM  
Boris, you have visitors
 
2012-11-16 12:32:42 AM  

insertsnarkyusername: Grew up in the woods in Virginia. I made it my mission as a child to rid our property of those bastards. Killed hundreds of those farkers in a myriad of ways. Where is that stiff upper lip brits?

/Could they even start a population in Britain? Seems like a habit they aren't suited for.


I don't know, they seemed get thicker when it was cool and wet. Fall in the AZ, the BW would get started laying eggs, still warmish, around the end of Monsoon.

Seems like too cold to get too a strong foothold.

/PUSSY!
 
2012-11-16 12:33:36 AM  
Have yet to find a black widow around here (TX) but my home is crawling with rabid wolf spiders (assuming that's what they are). While not the deadliest thing around, you'll certainly know when one has bitten you -- speaking from recent experience.
 
2012-11-16 12:34:40 AM  

Sherman Potter: Captain James T. Smirk: Sherman Potter: Captain James T. Smirk: As someone who has been bitten by both a Black Widow and a Brown Recluse, I can safely say "Quit your goddamned whining, England."

Seriously though, these aren't exactly the most dangerous thing we've exported to the United Kingdom. As I recall, Plaxico Burress played a game there once.

B.S. without pics. Nobody gets bit by a Brown Recluse and doesn't take pictures of the extruded sausage hamburger that results.

/I've seen it.
//It ain't pretty
///Iowa

I got bit on the arm while I was at Fort Jackson, SC. The Drill Sergeants had a pre-arranged plan for recluse bites, even though they were rare and even though necrosis from a recluse bite happens less than half of the time. About fifteen seconds after I got bit, slapped my arm, saw the remains of a recluse, and said "Oh, shiat", I was on a truck on the way to the base hospital, and within ten minutes I was getting my arm washed down with about thirty different soaps and being needled full of all kinds of meds. Ended up with nothing but a normal-looking, tiny spider bite that went away in a couple of days.

Well then, you're lucky. The one I saw was in rural Iowa after a 4-hour trip to the ER. The poor girl's leg looked like raw sausage. Horrible.


You had no reaction, you were out of the natural range of the recluse, and your basing the ID on smushed remains. Are you sure you have the ID correct or do you just assume every brown spider is a recluse?
 
2012-11-16 12:36:57 AM  
Ex-Texan: Spiders creep me out. Yesterday, there was a spider on my front door, on the inside, about 6" from the bottom. Told my kid to spray it, and after it died, was a black widow. another time, I was replacing the faucet on th kitchen sink,, shined the light up under the sink, and there was one in the back left corner.. Got out from there, fast , had a plumber replace the faucet. BTW, I live in New Mexico.

you should move to britain with the rest of the wusses.
 
2012-11-16 12:37:32 AM  

Dinjiin: Black Widow spiders are common around here. They like to make their nests on the inside corners of my house's exterior. The webs are very irregular and are annoying because they tend to pick up a lot of debris and are unsightly.

So during their peak season, I take a flashlight and a shoe and walk the perimeter of the house just after dark when they've come out. I crush all the spiders I see. I think my record was to crush 15 BWs and three scorpions in one night. I generally leave the tarantulas alone unless they get into the house (only happened once).


/have never found a BW inside the house
//effing scorpions love to come inside, though


farkin hell, I am not moving to where you live. My skin is crawling just reading that.
 
2012-11-16 12:45:54 AM  
" the notoriously viscous spider"

Makes it harder to get them off your arm.
 
2012-11-16 12:46:22 AM  

Bumblefark: Have yet to find a black widow around here (TX) but my home is crawling with rabid wolf spiders (assuming that's what they are). While not the deadliest thing around, you'll certainly know when one has bitten you -- speaking from recent experience.


That was actually my favorite method of disposing of black widows. I actually liked the wolf spiders and would leave them alone except for the occasional gladiatorial match with a black widow. The black widows almost never won. The ones that did never survived the second round.

/I was bored a lot as kid.
 
2012-11-16 12:49:42 AM  
Sorry about the new critter brits. Just shake yer shoes out before you put them on and you wont have to worry about the widows. I run into them all the time and as far as Texas fauna goes, they are definately one of the least you have to worry bout. Be thankfull, it could have been Brown Recluses or fire ants. Honestly you got off easy. Yer local hedgehog population should make short work of them.

Unlike our scorpions....shudder.
 
2012-11-16 12:51:32 AM  

Thorny: Sherman Potter: Captain James T. Smirk: Sherman Potter: Captain James T. Smirk: As someone who has been bitten by both a Black Widow and a Brown Recluse, I can safely say "Quit your goddamned whining, England."

Seriously though, these aren't exactly the most dangerous thing we've exported to the United Kingdom. As I recall, Plaxico Burress played a game there once.

B.S. without pics. Nobody gets bit by a Brown Recluse and doesn't take pictures of the extruded sausage hamburger that results.

/I've seen it.
//It ain't pretty
///Iowa

I got bit on the arm while I was at Fort Jackson, SC. The Drill Sergeants had a pre-arranged plan for recluse bites, even though they were rare and even though necrosis from a recluse bite happens less than half of the time. About fifteen seconds after I got bit, slapped my arm, saw the remains of a recluse, and said "Oh, shiat", I was on a truck on the way to the base hospital, and within ten minutes I was getting my arm washed down with about thirty different soaps and being needled full of all kinds of meds. Ended up with nothing but a normal-looking, tiny spider bite that went away in a couple of days.

Well then, you're lucky. The one I saw was in rural Iowa after a 4-hour trip to the ER. The poor girl's leg looked like raw sausage. Horrible.

You had no reaction, you were out of the natural range of the recluse, and your basing the ID on smushed remains. Are you sure you have the ID correct or do you just assume every brown spider is a recluse?


There were no smushed remains (and I never claimed any) the determination was made by the ER doc and State Epidemiologist. BR spiders are rare in Iowa, but they're here.

Soon.
 
2012-11-16 12:54:34 AM  
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RIP SID VISCOUS
 
2012-11-16 12:57:27 AM  

insertsnarkyusername: Bumblefark: Have yet to find a black widow around here (TX) but my home is crawling with rabid wolf spiders (assuming that's what they are). While not the deadliest thing around, you'll certainly know when one has bitten you -- speaking from recent experience.

That was actually my favorite method of disposing of black widows. I actually liked the wolf spiders and would leave them alone except for the occasional gladiatorial match with a black widow. The black widows almost never won. The ones that did never survived the second round.

/I was bored a lot as kid.


Hmm...wonder if that's the reason why I'm not finding any black widows. Seriously, the place is just infested (crappy apartment), and I can certainly see how there really wouldn't be much of a competition between the two. To me at least, rather surprising how fast and strong the wolf spider is.
 
2012-11-16 01:02:10 AM  
What a black widow may look like
x.annihil.us
 
2012-11-16 01:05:00 AM  
We have tons of black widows in Las Vegas. I used to step on them, until I saw one eating one of those little yellow scorpions. Now I like them, and I encourage them to live in the garage. The thing about those spiders is, they build a web and stay in it, and you know right where they are. The scorpions, on the other hand, crawl around all over the place and get into your shoes. Spiders are definitely better than scorpions.
 
2012-11-16 01:06:06 AM  
Leaving lepidoptera - please, don't touch the display,
little boy, aha cute! Moving to the next aisle we have
arachnida, the spiders, our.. finest collection.
This friendly little devil is the heptothilidi,
unfortunately harmless. Next to him, the nasty licosa
raptoria. His tiny fangs cause creeping ulcerations of
the skin. And here, my prize, the Black Widow.
Isn't she lovely?.. and so deadly. Her kiss is
fifteen times as poisonous as that of the rattlesnake.
You see her venom is highly neurotoxic, which is to say
that it attacks the central nervous system, causing
intense pain, profuse sweating, difficulty in
breathing, loss of consciousness, violent convulsions
and, finally.. death. You know what I think I love the
most about her is her inborn need to dominate,
possess. In fact, immediately after the consummation
of her marriage to the smaller and weaker male of the
species she kills and eats him - oh, she is
delicious!... and I hope he was. Such power and dignity
- unhampered by sentiment. If I may put forward a
slice of personal philosophy, I feel that man has ruled
this world as a stumbling demented child-king, long
enough! And as his empire crumbles, my precious Black
Widow, shall rise, as his most fitting successor!
 
2012-11-16 01:07:07 AM  

Prof. Frink: There are blacks in Texas?


Just the ones who murdered their husbands.
 
2012-11-16 01:07:27 AM  

Dinjiin: Black Widow spiders are common around here. They like to make their nests on the inside corners of my house's exterior. The webs are very irregular and are annoying because they tend to pick up a lot of debris and are unsightly.

So during their peak season, I take a flashlight and a shoe and walk the perimeter of the house just after dark when they've come out. I crush all the spiders I see. I think my record was to crush 15 BWs and three scorpions in one night. I generally leave the tarantulas alone unless they get into the house (only happened once).


/have never found a BW inside the house
//effing scorpions love to come inside, though


Where do you live exactly? I'm guessing somewhere in the southwest US? I ask because I am contemplating movies to the Texas/Arizona area for a job and I HATE spiders....is your post something I can look forward to?
 
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