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2021-09-26 3:04:28 PM  
We've completely run out of things to write about. Give us a hand here, eh?
 
2021-09-26 3:12:36 PM  
I picked leafhoppers off some of my garden plants and tossed them into the web of a spider hanging out by my door.  It was interesting to watch.
 
2021-09-26 3:31:40 PM  
Kinda, she married me anyway.
 
2021-09-26 3:33:38 PM  
As long as they don't show too much interest in me, I will tolerate spiders because they eat the other bugs.

(They're fellow bughunters.)

The rest are not welcome in my lair.  They can have their space, and that space is outside.
 
Azz
2021-09-26 3:37:20 PM  
My biggest fear is that a snake will crawl up my pant leg and bite me in the dick
 
2021-09-26 3:40:59 PM  
PONE
 
2021-09-26 3:43:02 PM  

bughunter: As long as they don't show too much interest in me, I will tolerate spiders because they eat the other bugs.

(They're fellow bughunters.)

The rest are not welcome in my lair.  They can have their space, and that space is outside.


Spiders and centipedes are welcome in this house. They eat the bugs that I don't like.

/Biggest issue is removing them from the shower so they don't get washed down the drain.
 
2021-09-26 3:49:56 PM  
Mosquitoes deserve to be wiped out of existence.
 
2021-09-26 4:00:06 PM  
Spiders! Spiders who stay out of sight were always welcome. Then my bookshelf spider Frankie 7 legs (who lived behind my bookshelf for about 3 years) caught 4/7 wasps that swarmed into my home. After that all non- or less venomous spidies can stay as long as they stay away from my bed. Egg sacks and super venomous (brown recluse, black widow etc) still not welcome.
 
2021-09-26 4:00:50 PM  
I had huge wolf spiders in my college apartment in Maryland. They were basically my pets. Never gave them names though: if you name it you have to love it.
 
2021-09-26 4:03:21 PM  

nemobeamo: Mosquitoes deserve to be wiped out of existence.


and horseflies
 
2021-09-26 4:08:39 PM  
My brother!
 
2021-09-26 4:16:24 PM  

HoratioGates: My brother!


You're brother is a spider?
 
2021-09-26 4:25:33 PM  

tasteme: HoratioGates: My brother!

You're brother is a spider?


He's also a monkey's uncle.
 
2021-09-26 4:28:00 PM  
Nextdoor is the place for sheltered people freaking out about harmless creature who get immediately dogpiled by wildlife defenders.

Just this month we've had praying mantis panic, bobcat panic, bee panic, snake panic, and coyote panic.
 
2021-09-26 4:30:13 PM  
I found a little black bug today, about the size of 1.5 lady bugs (that's the technical measurement). It was rolling around on its back with its legs flailing in the air. I tried several times to turn it over, but it kept ending up on its back. I tried moving it to different surfaces, but same thing. Then I remembered that bugs often roll on their backs with their legs in the air when they die. The poor thing just wanted to die peacefully, and I kept trying to "help" it. Oops.
 
2021-09-26 4:45:40 PM  
I rehomed a spider just this morning. I try not to kill them as we have a common enemy, but I do ask them to move along.
 
2021-09-26 5:08:04 PM  
Still married after 40 years...girls are better after you hit puberty.
 
2021-09-26 5:09:35 PM  

Manic Depressive Mouse: I found a little black bug today, about the size of 1.5 lady bugs (that's the technical measurement). It was rolling around on its back with its legs flailing in the air. I tried several times to turn it over, but it kept ending up on its back. I tried moving it to different surfaces, but same thing. Then I remembered that bugs often roll on their backs with their legs in the air when they die. The poor thing just wanted to die peacefully, and I kept trying to "help" it. Oops.


Still, it was a good deed to try to help the little fella..
 
2021-09-26 5:10:05 PM  
There are two pest types I hate.

Outdoors: mosquitoes and biting flies.
Indoors: anything that damages property; ants and mice, specifically.

I will never learn to love either of them. And mosquitoes don't even fill any gap in the ecosystem, per science articles I've read. They just don't provide a significant level of nutrition to their predators and serve little other purpose (a very small number of them pollinate).

fark em.

/Spiders are friends, not pests.
 
2021-09-26 5:10:14 PM  

tasteme: HoratioGates: My brother!

You're brother is a spider?


He prefers to be called 'spider-American'.
 
2021-09-26 5:11:57 PM  
Spiders get to stay, lizards get helped outside. Flies get smashed, roaches get smashed, tossed in the toilet, and pissed on.
 
2021-09-26 5:12:16 PM  

bughunter: As long as they don't show too much interest in me, I will tolerate spiders because they eat the other bugs.

(They're fellow bughunters.)

The rest are not welcome in my lair.  They can have their space, and that space is outside.


Pretty much this.
 
2021-09-26 5:18:47 PM  
Smackledorfer:Spiders are friends, not pests.

I agree. I saw a spider similar to this one yesterday:
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Found him on a hike in Lincoln County, New Mexico. Not far from home. I followed him along for a few minutes as his march was fun to watch. Once he noticed me and became completely still, then slowly squeezed himself between some plants. I considered him a friend. His name is Bob.
 
2021-09-26 5:23:35 PM  
but this guy looks so cute with the little violin on his back... ..
 
2021-09-26 5:25:42 PM  
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I've always loved The Pest
 
2021-09-26 5:28:01 PM  

HoratioGates: He prefers to be called 'spider-American'.

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Home of the brave.
 
2021-09-26 5:30:59 PM  
Praying Mantis. Had one in the back yard that I killed. Thought it was eating my palms. I was ignorant. I stepped on it and ground it into the pavement. I lifted my foot only to have the Mantis rear back and hiss at me. Eventually I won the battle but not before he chased my dumb zzz around the yard for a while. I felt as though I'd killed something with sentience and found it could have been beneficial to me by eating the pests causing my palm problem. Nature finds a way. Found out some people have them as pets. Forgive me oh patron saint of Mantises.
 
2021-09-26 5:35:50 PM  

Fursecution: Spiders and centipedes are welcome in this house. They eat the bugs that I don't like.


Spiders are friends. Centipedes are NOPE on steroids and are terminated with extreme prejudice.

/Last centipede that escaped was caught by a spider less than an hour later. Yay spiders.
 
2021-09-26 5:39:27 PM  
I enjoy Vladimir Putin's hardbass music but hate him more than all the world's spiders aggressively trying to crawl down my throat.
 
2021-09-26 5:41:42 PM  
 
2021-09-26 5:57:31 PM  

Smackledorfer: There are two pest types I hate.

Outdoors: mosquitoes and biting flies.
Indoors: anything that damages property; ants and mice, specifically.

I will never learn to love either of them. And mosquitoes don't even fill any gap in the ecosystem, per science articles I've read. They just don't provide a significant level of nutrition to their predators and serve little other purpose (a very small number of them pollinate).

fark em.

/Spiders are friends, not pests.


Clean up the spilled food and ants don't come in.
 
2021-09-26 6:21:15 PM  

noitsnot: Nextdoor is the place for sheltered people freaking out about harmless creature who get immediately dogpiled by wildlife defenders.

Just this month we've had praying mantis panic, bobcat panic, bee panic, snake panic, and coyote panic.


Those must be some really farking big mantises (mantids?) to strike fear into people.  Or the people are very very stupid.
 
2021-09-26 6:25:48 PM  
I work in a hospital basement, and we see the inevitable roach. But hospital roaches are the big steroid fueled roaches that are over an inch/2 inches long. Before I worked in healthcare I worked in an arthropod lab in college so I don't get the heebie jeebies like some - I catch them and send them for a ride in the plumbing system. I haven't grown to love them but I've spent more than a fair amount of adult life dealing with roaches, people think I'm some superhuman for being able to catch them live and take them to the toilet for decommissioning. Now basement spiders, y'all should love those.
 
2021-09-26 6:34:05 PM  
The only time I kill bugs is if they're in my bed. Even then I feel bad about it. Most of the time I leave them be or relocate them. I need to rehome the black widow who lives by my basement door to the back of the property, but I'm enjoying watching it. Somehow, I'd never actually seen one, usually bc my dad or brothers would kill them immediately. But I'm very aware of where it spends its time so we avoid each other. I'll get my bug vacuum and take it outside in a couple weeks.
 
2021-09-26 7:05:32 PM  

talkyournonsense: Spiders! Spiders who stay out of sight were always welcome. Then my bookshelf spider Frankie 7 legs (who lived behind my bookshelf for about 3 years) caught 4/7 wasps that swarmed into my home. After that all non- or less venomous spidies can stay as long as they stay away from my bed. Egg sacks and super venomous (brown recluse, black widow etc) still not welcome.


Should I ask about Frankie 7 legs or just leave it alone?
 
2021-09-26 7:08:36 PM  

woodjf: talkyournonsense: Spiders! Spiders who stay out of sight were always welcome. Then my bookshelf spider Frankie 7 legs (who lived behind my bookshelf for about 3 years) caught 4/7 wasps that swarmed into my home. After that all non- or less venomous spidies can stay as long as they stay away from my bed. Egg sacks and super venomous (brown recluse, black widow etc) still not welcome.

Should I ask about Frankie 7 legs or just leave it alone?


It was just a really well endowed ant.
 
2021-09-26 7:10:28 PM  

farkitallletitend: Forgive me oh patron saint of Mantises.


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2021-09-26 7:14:46 PM  
Nope.

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2021-09-26 7:44:29 PM  
I've got a bathroom spider that has her web helpfully spun right beneath the window sill and chomps in any bugs that make it in and are too small for my cats to pay attention to. Had to rescue her last night from one of my cats who finally realized there was a spider right by her head and thought it was a new toy.
 
2021-09-26 7:47:27 PM  

nemobeamo: Mosquitoes deserve to be wiped out of existence.


But that would leave humans as the deadliest creatures on the planet.
 
2021-09-26 7:59:37 PM  

farkitallletitend: Praying Mantis. Had one in the back yard that I killed. Thought it was eating my palms. I was ignorant. I stepped on it and ground it into the pavement. I lifted my foot only to have the Mantis rear back and hiss at me. Eventually I won the battle but not before he chased my dumb zzz around the yard for a while. I felt as though I'd killed something with sentience and found it could have been beneficial to me by eating the pests causing my palm problem. Nature finds a way. Found out some people have them as pets. Forgive me oh patron saint of Mantises.


This guy?
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2021-09-26 8:08:10 PM  

noitsnot: Smackledorfer: There are two pest types I hate.

Outdoors: mosquitoes and biting flies.
Indoors: anything that damages property; ants and mice, specifically.

I will never learn to love either of them. And mosquitoes don't even fill any gap in the ecosystem, per science articles I've read. They just don't provide a significant level of nutrition to their predators and serve little other purpose (a very small number of them pollinate).

fark em.

/Spiders are friends, not pests.

Clean up the spilled food and ants don't come in.


Not always correct, but thanks for the advice, Archer.
 
2021-09-26 8:43:33 PM  

Smackledorfer: There are two pest types I hate.

Outdoors: mosquitoes and biting flies.
Indoors: anything that damages property; ants and mice, specifically.

I will never learn to love either of them. And mosquitoes don't even fill any gap in the ecosystem, per science articles I've read. They just don't provide a significant level of nutrition to their predators and serve little other purpose (a very small number of them pollinate).

fark em.

/Spiders are friends, not pests.


I liked playing with daddy long leggs for a teenage period.
 
2021-09-26 8:53:53 PM  

kozlo: I work in a hospital basement, and we see the inevitable roach. But hospital roaches are the big steroid fueled roaches that are over an inch/2 inches long. Before I worked in healthcare I worked in an arthropod lab in college so I don't get the heebie jeebies like some - I catch them and send them for a ride in the plumbing system. I haven't grown to love them but I've spent more than a fair amount of adult life dealing with roaches, people think I'm some superhuman for being able to catch them live and take them to the toilet for decommissioning. Now basement spiders, y'all should love those.


When i worked in the courthouse, there was no life in the sub basement vaults. Creepy -  no life.  seriously - i never saw a spider or roach or ant or anything. The gun & drug vault reeked of weed. I kinda miss working there. Lots of crazy shiat.
 
2021-09-26 8:54:21 PM  

Smackledorfer: noitsnot: Smackledorfer: There are two pest types I hate.

Outdoors: mosquitoes and biting flies.
Indoors: anything that damages property; ants and mice, specifically.

I will never learn to love either of them. And mosquitoes don't even fill any gap in the ecosystem, per science articles I've read. They just don't provide a significant level of nutrition to their predators and serve little other purpose (a very small number of them pollinate).

fark em.

/Spiders are friends, not pests.

Clean up the spilled food and ants don't come in.

Not always correct, but thanks for the advice, Archer.


Pretty much always correct.  They may possibly be looking for water if it's a particularly hot, dry time.  Or carpenter ants may want to nest in wet, rotten wood if you have excessive moisture in your wall.

But by far the most common reason is they are looking for food. If there's no food they leave.  If you are a slob then they convoy in to help you clean up.  Notice that they are picking up the food and taking it away.  They are trying to help you clean up, piggy.
 
2021-09-26 9:04:52 PM  
I think a pet rat could be cute.  Main reason I don't do it is the extremely short lifespan.  I have enough loss in my life.  I certainly don't need to manufacture any more.

That said, when one showed up in the garage after I foolishly left it open one summer afternoon, you better believe I pulled out all the stops to chase it out.  Let me tell you, that "cornered rat" threat display is no. joke. at. all.  I'm sure the thing weighed maybe 12 ounces and was about 9 inches long without the tail, but when it puffed up and hissed I'd have sworn it was the size & weight of an angry terrier, and in my memory, it's freakin' eyes glowed red with malice.

I put out poison for mice once in college, and my roommates would leave the carcasses on my chair as if it was supposed to bother me.  They weren't the ones having to listen to the scratching in the walls every night.

I've seen bed bugs (thankfully, not my place but family), fleas, and ants of all descriptions.  I feel sorry only for the innocent house centipedes & spiders killed by the fumigation.  But their sacrifice is a necessary evil.
 
2021-09-26 9:21:16 PM  

noitsnot: Smackledorfer: noitsnot: Smackledorfer: There are two pest types I hate.

Outdoors: mosquitoes and biting flies.
Indoors: anything that damages property; ants and mice, specifically.

I will never learn to love either of them. And mosquitoes don't even fill any gap in the ecosystem, per science articles I've read. They just don't provide a significant level of nutrition to their predators and serve little other purpose (a very small number of them pollinate).

fark em.

/Spiders are friends, not pests.

Clean up the spilled food and ants don't come in.

Not always correct, but thanks for the advice, Archer.

Pretty much always correct.  They may possibly be looking for water if it's a particularly hot, dry time.  Or carpenter ants may want to nest in wet, rotten wood if you have excessive moisture in your wall.

But by far the most common reason is they are looking for food. If there's no food they leave.  If you are a slob then they convoy in to help you clean up.  Notice that they are picking up the food and taking it away.  They are trying to help you clean up, piggy.


I clean up just fine, and they don't even come in around places I eat.

Gfy.
 
2021-09-26 9:39:46 PM  
I'm okay with most spiders, not Black Widows in particular though, instant death awaits them.  A black widow bit me in my sleep, so this a reminder to check your sheets or blankets for them before sleeping.
 
2021-09-26 10:44:37 PM  
The spring that we moved into a new home, there was a big orb weaver spinning big webs on the front porch. I would amuse the children by feeding it crickets. Then as we were moving, I captured it and put it on the new front porch. To my delight it settled right in and spun big beautiful webs all summer long.
 
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