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N0obKnitter 05-18-2010 02:03 PM

OT: first it was the mice, then the ants...now this!
 
I've had it. We've had at least three large spiders in here in a month and a half. My mother and I are both arachnophobic (I think I'm worse.) tiny spiders aren't the prob, it's huge fast, hairy satanic ones I can't stand.

One of the largest wild spiders I've ever seen lumbered past my feet when I was removing nail polish in the bathroom. It had an enormous pale brown hind end...really ugly, gross and creepy. I'm familiar with the large spiders indigenous here and I've never seen one like this before...my boyfriend killed it and flushed it, it was too ugly to live.

I really, really, really, really hate spiders. Stay out of my home!!!1 :angry:

suzeeq 05-18-2010 04:02 PM

At least you're moving out of there in a few months....

Mike 05-18-2010 11:41 PM

I bought tarantulas. Didn't do anything about the wild spiders but it did get me over my arachnophobia enough that those little ones aren't so bad unless they sneak up on me.

N0obKnitter 05-18-2010 11:48 PM

hOLY FIDDLESTICKS. ANOTHER ONE...EVEN BIGGER AND FASTER THAN EVIL BATHROOM SPIDER FFFFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUDDDDDDDDDDDDGGGGGGGGGGGGEEEEEEEE EEEEEEE. 800 ANTS IN THE KITCHEN TOO! AAAAAUUUUUUUUUUGH SOMEONE PASS ME THE TEQUILA...

RuthieinMaryland 05-19-2010 12:09 AM

Hi! :waving:

Wow, this really has you "bugged"!!! :roflhard:

Sorry, I couldn't resist! (Well, I could have but just didn't!)

About your spider situation - My Godmother, who is the Great Poobah of all things domestic, has never had a problem with spiders. What she does is takes a piece of terry towel and wets it in a mixture of vinegar and water and then wipes down the corners of her rooms and along the edges where the ceiling meets the walls. She even runs it over the ceiling, too. She wraps the piece of towel around a swiffer mop so it's very lightweight and then just cruises along wiping down the corners and ceilings. It takes less than 5 minutes a room. I think she does this about every week or two and she's never had a problem with spiders.

You might want to put some vinegar in the water you use to mop floors, too. Anything to discourage the invasion!

Hope this helps!

Ruthie :hug:

N0obKnitter 05-19-2010 12:22 AM

cool, thanks...luckily my boyfriend has been here to deal with the horrid arachnids...last one he saw first said something like "holy @#%$ ...don't look over there...where are the paper towels?!" blechhh. I think I'm going slowly insane, I broke down crying because of the mice/ants/spiders etc, can't take much more.

Off to the hardware store tomorrow for more glue traps (spiders get stuck in them, too)

Lisa R. 05-19-2010 08:49 AM

You might consider a professional exterminator. We've used one since the tarantula invaded my home in TX years ago. We had one at one time that sprayed nasty stuff all over my home, so that we had to leave for the day...ICK on a number of levels.

But nowadays they mostly spray a barrier of stuff around the outside of your home, and then inside (if necessary),they use glue traps and little glops of stuff on the backs of your kitchen drawers or in out of the way places where bugs are, but you and your kids (if you have any) are away from it.

The advantage is this....we tend to see ants in the kitchen and start spraying them, and where they come in. The exterminator goes outside and finds their trail and breaks it with his stuff. Then they don't even come in again!

catlvr 05-19-2010 09:31 AM

Best thing for ants is a thin layer of boric acid on the outside of your door and the threshold.

N0obKnitter 05-19-2010 10:42 AM

I'm in a rental and I have a dog so I have to stick with non toxic things that he can't get at (remember the glue trap/mouse incident? lol) sadly, due to the dog I can't use boric acid, either. I have little ant baits in places the dog can't get to...*sigh*

UruzPhoenix 05-20-2010 01:02 PM

i'm highly allergic to all insect bites (got bit by a spider when i was a teen and the side of my face swelled up)... but, living in the country, bugs are part and parcel.... so the spiders and i have a deal:

They can eat all the bugs they want, they go to bite me, my cats will eat them.


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