By Lepisma - 26/06/2013 07:19 - United States - College Station
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I usually handle smaller spiders okay unless they surprise me, but these guys were big. This happened at about 1 am last night and my housemate was asleep, so a vacuum was not an option. I did use big spray. In fact, I nailed the first one three times and it shrugged it off like a BAMF (it was a Texan spider, after all). I actually already have a cat - two, in fact. They were very interested in the spiders, but I didn't want them to get bitten, so I didn't let them get close enough to attack. I finally got the first one in a cup with a lid and filled that sucker up with the bug spray. That worked! Then I saw the second one and about died, myself. It ended up under a cup eventually, too, and met Mr. Shoe. Thanks for the suggestions, though - they made me laugh!
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#16 - A possible evolutionary adaptation to be instinctively fearful of spiders, when many species are still poisonous today is not irrational. Whether certain behaviours resulting from the phobia are irrational is debatable. However, I commend OP for facing the phobia, at least :)
#33, you are retarded. Stop at life, please. Everyone else, there are a small number of spiders in the world that can kill you or cause permanent bodily harm. Being afraid of spiders is an irrational fear. You should be cautious of spiders, as some of them are poisonous, but yiu should not fear them. There is no reason to fear something so small. That's like being afraid of bugs. If you see a spider, kill it or keep it around to kill bugs. Also, vo camping guys. You will see tons of spiders and will most likeky get bitten a few times. It really doesn't hurt.
You should stop at life because you are an idiot. You try to sound smart by talking about stuff you don't know anything about. You are more likely to die from a dog, wolf, mountain lion, bear, bee, alligator, etc. There are only 6 deaths from spider bites per year, most of which are small kids provoking spiders. So yes, being afraid of spiders is irrational. I could understand if you were to be cautious around spiders, but there is no need to fear them.
#155, who gives a fuck if there are ONLY 6 deaths per year? That's still a spider-caused death. I personally hate the freaky bastards and am only recently gaining the courage to clear them out of the house myself. Also, that's why it's called a phobia. It's an IRRATIONAL fear. Lastly, don't tell someone to just quit at life for stating their opinion on the matter, makes you come off as a cunt.
Yep. Use Home Defense around the perimeter of your floor, the outside of your house, and around any external doors and windows. It lasts a year. I had problems with a variety of creepy crawlies in my house (they were literally all over everything... you couldn't pick up a box in the kitchen without having 10 huge ants fall off), large spiders included, and they all vanished within 24 hours of spraying. It's been two months since I saw them.
Invest in a nice, wide drinking glass and some quality card stock. Always come with the glass from the bottom, never from the top. The ones who don't spin nets will simply drop down to the ground faster than you can look if they see you coming from above. The one who spin nets will drop almost as fast on a thread. When you have them shove the cardboard underneath and you are save. Don't worry, exposure will bring your arachnophobia down to a manageable level soon enough.