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I normally like spiders, but when I noticed one scurry as I closed my door I immediately shuddered, which I never do. And then I looked it up online and I think it’s a false widow! I had to get the mean thing out ASAP as I definitely do not want it breeding indoors...

Have you seen them in your home?

hspexy
1 year ago
What do you think of this?
sweetsaver97
sweetsaver971 year ago

THEY ARE HUGE AND SCARY OMG I AM SO SCARED OF THESE ONES!! Also, when I try to kill them by squishing them with tissue they dont even die straight away, they are so strong you have to squish them 3 or 4 times!!

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hspexy
hspexy
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1 year ago

Omg I guess they are quite sturdy, hardy creatures. We let our one go, and it was relatively cooperative, as it just played dead in the Tupperware box we had him in until he was released. But we are keeping our eyes peeled - we have never had them before, so it’s possible there’s a few of them about now 😥

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robyn1988
robyn19881 year ago

No thank God I would have to sleep in my car. I'm scared of all spiders they make my skin crawl . You are very brave to get that out by yourself .

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hspexy
hspexy
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1 year ago

Lol I had help, but thankfully I know my home better than the spider, so he was trapped quite easily. And he was good as he seemed to coop. Some spiders just start shooting webbing at you when they’re caught, but this one just bundled itself up, like it’s bracing itself. They’re very useful creatures, and I’ve always admired them, but I did not want this one indoors with me

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RegularComper90
RegularComper901 year ago

Certainly looks like it. 😮

It's those giant house spiders I fear the most. Won't be long now until they start coming indoors again for their mating season.

So glad I have my spider catcher. As an arachnophobe I find that to be quite a life saver.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/s?k=spider+catcher&i=outdoor&crid=162VIS2T8NIMQ&sprefix=spider+catche%2Caps%2C205&ref=nb_sb_ss_c_2_13

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blacklabrador
blacklabrador1 year ago

Do the spider catchers work well?

Knowing my luck the spider would dodge the grabber part and run up the handle towards me.

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RegularComper90
RegularComper901 year ago

blacklabrador Yes they do work well and are quite easy to use.

This is the one I use. https://www.amazon.co.uk/SODIAL-Hand-held-Insect-catching-Artifact/dp/B07GQ8VG2J/ref=sr_1_6?crid=162VIS2T8NIMQ&keywords=spider+catcher&qid=1565493905&s=outdoors&sprefix=spider+catche%2Caps%2C205&sr=1-6

You squeeze the handle which then opens up the bristles at the other end. They open up quite wide which makes it perfect for large spiders.

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blacklabrador
blacklabrador1 year ago

RegularComper90 Lovely, think I'll get one of those ordered before they all start coming in for autumn.

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RegularComper90
RegularComper901 year ago

blacklabrador I have always dreaded that time of year. 🕷️

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blacklabrador
blacklabrador1 year ago

RegularComper90 Someone told me last year that strategically placed conkers were a good way to keep spiders out. Didn't work for me, plus the amount of time I spent chasing the dogs around when they decided it was time to play "chew the conkers", I decided I'd rather suffer the spiders.

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PhilipMarc
PhilipMarc1 year ago

I'm not particularly scared of seeing it but want to 'take it out' so that it won't be a health hazard for anyone.

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jmsonl
jmsonl1 year ago

Yes I was staying in some hotel accommodation once, kinda odd as it was in a separate building outside. Alarms at the local power station went off and woke me up. It was a hot summer night so I stood at the front door which looked out to the gardens outside. My hand was up against the door frame. I looked up to see right by my hand one of these big 'uns. I grabbed an ashtray and put it over it. It went mad inside. I then realised I was not in reach for a piece of paper to slide underneath....

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hspexy
hspexy
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1 year ago

Jeez just as well your instincts kicked in! Last thing I’d want to be faced with just as I woke up is one of these critters

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KirsteyJames
KirsteyJames1 year ago

I am absolutely petrified of spiders but ive learnt that i have to kill them myself. My wife and son are too slow and let them escape and then im a mess knowing their on the loose 🤣

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Johnny
Johnny1 year ago

We had a similar spider in the kitchen sink yesterday, about 3 inches diameter including the legs.

It's my job to deal with creepy crawlies. I just trap them using a (see-through) glass and slide a piece of card underneath, then release them outside. When we lived overseas I had to trap cobras (and a yellow banded krait that was in the downstairs toilet bowl), so spiders are easy! Never sat on the loo again without checking the bowl first though!

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AgnesFaludi
AgnesFaludi1 year ago

Luckily I did not see one....I hate spiders and they not last long when the see them indoors.

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KazLou
KazLou1 year ago

i hate spiders i cant sit in a room if i no there is one they i couldnt pick one up thats my husbands job he just laughs at me and say it will be more scared of you than you are of that

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G0501
G05011 year ago

Oh gosh I'm glad I've not encountered one 🙈 I'm petrified near spiders, just that picture made my skin crawl

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