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#1 Zarlias

Posted 23 December 2012 - 01:23 PM

So I have one of those significant others who (despite being afraid of them) prefers to catch spiders, bugs, crawly things and release them back into the wild.

All power to you, you tree hugging hippy.

But when I open a long-closed curtain while preparing a corner of our room for new spawn and find a big-a*sed spider web along with big-a*sed spider, I WILL be using half a can of mortein on said spider bum.

"You could have just vacuumed it all up" says the Liberator.

Oh really? REALLY?

You know what would have happened?

That spider is pregant, and inside the bag inside my vacuum, it would give birth to hundreds, nay THOUSANDS of teeny tiny spider babies, the sheer volume of which would cause said bag to explode, which in turn would cause the exterior of my cheap vacuum to crack, but not until AFTER I had put it away in the cupboard. The weight of the millions of spider babies on the cupboard door would force it open in the middle of the night, and trillions of the little blighters would spew forth and proceed to take over the world.

My use of spray was not unreasonable in the slightest and I am not exaggerating.

This story has already taken place, in my very stable, non-hormonal brain, therefore it is true.

#2 CherrySunday

Posted 23 December 2012 - 01:30 PM

I too, am happy for DH to bundle up spiders and other lovely creepy things and release them into the back yard (at the far end, of course!).

But when confronted with a huntsman with a leg-span lager than my hand, I'm quite happy when FIL (who came to my rescue) says he will kill it so it doesn't come back.

*shudders at the memory*

#3 Leafprincess

Posted 23 December 2012 - 01:39 PM

I know it's not very Buddhist of me to scream "KILL IT, kill it, kill it" while jumping up and down when I see large fury spiders.

I then demand to see a carcas.

It has to be REALLY dead.

happy journey into your next life spidey

#4 Feral timtam

Posted 23 December 2012 - 01:45 PM

Sounds perfectly reasonable to me.
Here the vacuum goes nowhere near the eight legged mystery critters until they have been suitably saturated with the aerosol variety of death.

Certain varieties of known eight legged critters get the spray of death as well.

Daddy long legs and Fido are left in peace unless they venture too close to the bed. I've woken up with one big as a dinner plate spider on my pillow next to me and a repeat of those eight legs and beady little eyes within 20cm of my eyes first thing in the morning is something I have no desire to ever repeat. We have a Mortein Naturguard sprayer in the bedroom to avert a repeat of that incident.

#5 Acidulous Osprey

Posted 23 December 2012 - 01:46 PM

Huntsmen kill cockroaches.  They are welcome in my house original.gif

OTOH when a nest of redbacks set up house in the compost bin and my hippy dippy greenie DH tried to persuade me I could just work around the redbacks,  there were words.  Lots of words.

#6 Green Door

Posted 23 December 2012 - 01:49 PM

Spiders get killed in this house , no matter the size big ones small ones inside or outside , I see a spider I kill it

#7 snuffles

Posted 23 December 2012 - 02:11 PM

I am happy to leave spiders be unless they are poisonous.

But that is me, I don't have your particular brand of non hormonal pregnant reasoning, LOL.



#8 JustBeige

Posted 23 December 2012 - 02:14 PM

I agree OP.  The hippy dippys in this house are the kids.  With DD shrieking "Noooooo mum, let me get it" when she hears me cursing whatever insect that is dumb enough to come inside.  The only ones I rehome into the garage are the daddy long  legs.

My galah has heard the sound of the fly spray can so often,  that he now imitates it laughing2.gif

Edited by JustBeige, 23 December 2012 - 02:16 PM.


#9 Sweet like a lemon

Posted 23 December 2012 - 02:15 PM

Spiders don't bug me. They're good for fly and mossie control. I'd be pretty p*ssed if DH turned our house into a chemical hazard over one spider.


#10 BadCat

Posted 23 December 2012 - 02:19 PM

No hippies in this house.  Any spider found inside (except Daddy Long Legs) will be squashed.  Nasty little ****ers should stay in the garden where they belong.

#11 YandiGirl

Posted 23 December 2012 - 02:29 PM

My man loves all animals. Will go out of his way to help and assist as and when required. Says he has more time for animals than people.

Except when it comes to spiders and only if they are in the house. In his words, coming in to our house is a capital offence. Stay outside and we'll live with each other.  laughing2.gif

As far as flies are concerned, the cats have no such inclination. They are caught and eaten within minutes of being spotted. We've had little need for fly spray since the kittens came home. original.gif

#12 FlutterbyBlue

Posted 23 December 2012 - 02:30 PM

I have a very strict 'Nothing with more than 4 legs is welcome in my house' rule.  Which is quite inconvenient at times as I live alone and am agoraphobic.  However, I have been known to drown spiders, beetles, cockroaches, ants, flies etc., in fly spray (I just keep spraying until said creature turns white).  I have also been known to break the door jamb with a hammer whilst in a panicked 'get rid of the spider' frenzy.  Moths have me fleeing the room, and in the height of summer flies elicit a similar response.

I have also been known to walk around the house in the middle of the night, spraying every window and door surround with surface spray in an effort to keep them out.  I can't vacuum them up, because no matter how illogical, I think I can feel them going up the hose and that just freaks me out even more.

Perfectly valid vent OP.  original.gif

#13 Space is Big

Posted 23 December 2012 - 02:35 PM

I went to bed last night, jumped in all cosy, reached over to turn out the light and there was a huge huntsman over the door.  I called DH to remove him and DH says to me ‘do you want me to remove him or let him be?”

REALLY?? REALLY?? No let him be – I will just have nightmares and wake up 70 billion times tonight thinking that it is crawling over me.

Now I am not fussed about spiders mostly, but he was huge and in the same room as me while I slept.  Also I have a 4 year old who totally over reacts to daddy long legs (thanks hysterical day care staff) so who knows how she would react to him, as well as my Mother is coming tomorrow and she hates spiders.  

Needless to say the look I gave him indicated to him that a ladder, glass and a piece of cardboard were required.  


#14 NunSoFeral

Posted 23 December 2012 - 02:38 PM

FlutterbyBlue - your post reminds of that crap-o-rific 80's "Creepshow" movie - the cockroach bit.
DP is a rehomer.
I'm a clandestine squasher.

#15 Guest_Sunnycat_*

Posted 23 December 2012 - 02:46 PM

I don't mind spiders, our house is full of them. Cockroaches on the other hand are vile.



#16 lovinmybaby

Posted 23 December 2012 - 02:47 PM

QUOTE (tamjk @ 23/12/2012, 01:45 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Sounds perfectly reasonable to me.
Here the vacuum goes nowhere near the eight legged mystery critters until they have been suitably saturated with the aerosol variety of death.

Certain varieties of known eight legged critters get the spray of death as well.

Daddy long legs and Fido are left in peace unless they venture too close to the bed. I've woken up with one big as a dinner plate spider on my pillow next to me and a repeat of those eight legs and beady little eyes within 20cm of my eyes first thing in the morning is something I have no desire to ever repeat. We have a Mortein Naturguard sprayer in the bedroom to avert a repeat of that incident.


That just about gave me a panic attack. I am absolutely terrified of spiders.

Just 4 weeks ago I nearly broke my coccyx after I lost a fight with one (It was running at me I swear), I slipped on the tiles.

I have also been known to, in the past when no one else is home, run to the neighbours (once in nothing but my dressing gown as I was about to get in the shower) crying to get them killed. Now I have two boys who will do it for me if Daddy isn't home.

#17 SophieBear

Posted 23 December 2012 - 02:52 PM

I'd much rather relocate safe spiders than bug spray him. All toxic fumes  sick.gif  and I think squashing is more humane than bug spray. Poor things die a long death.

QUOTE (Balzac @ 23/12/2012, 02:16 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Huntsmen kill cockroaches.  They are welcome in my house original.gif


Ditto.

Well that's my two cents, I'm going to brush my arm pit hair and resume hugging my tree  ph34r.gif

#18 Duck-o-lah

Posted 23 December 2012 - 02:57 PM

roll2.gif Sorry, OP your description made me lol.

Big spiders in my house get chucked out. As per PP, small ones get chomped up by kitties.

#19 liveworkplay

Posted 23 December 2012 - 03:13 PM

I have a significant other who just loves using toxic spray on anything that flies. I would much rather put up with a few creepy crawlies spray poison where every living thing can breath it in including me!!

Sorry, major overreaction, I'm with your "significant other" on this one



#20 StilettoMum

Posted 23 December 2012 - 03:24 PM

We are averaging a wood scorpian a week at the moment, they seem to gravitate to my dd's room much to her horror.

#21 Zarlias

Posted 23 December 2012 - 04:29 PM

To be perfectly honest, I am generally a live and let live person. We have a houseful of geckos to feed after all.

If it weren't for the whole exploding spider babies taking over the world thing, I'd most likely have grimaced and closed the curtain again.

#22 #YKG

Posted 23 December 2012 - 05:21 PM

OP I'm with you. If its a creepy crawly it dies, no amount of convincing to "free" the little b*st*rd to venture back into my house works.

In my house the either die by form hold hairspray, fly spray or a shoe depending on size and availability of killing machine.

#23 DontKnowDontCare

Posted 23 December 2012 - 05:30 PM

daddy long legs, I don't care.

Any other arachnid ventures inside and you get introduced to my straw broom (bristles on end).  It usually only takes one or two such "handshakes" and they're too overwhelmed by the experience to do anything other than curl up in a ball whilst I send them flying out the door, courtesy of said broom.

Although I did have a spray bottle with pure vinegar in, which I sprayed one huntsman with, which was on the outside of the fly screen.  I kid you not, I think it grew wings and literally jumped, not crawled, but jumped off the window to get away from it!

I don't mind cockroaches, but our geckos must be vegetarian, because we have the former despite having the latter....

#24 password123

Posted 23 December 2012 - 05:38 PM

I am a paranoid arachnophobe. Only for hunstmans though (weird i know). Dangerous phobia to have when driving. We have one on the car at the moment - Dh hasn't managed to find it. It has appeared on the windscreen and disapeared into the engine bay twice. I'm going nowhere near the vehicle until a corpse is produced.

Edited by Mrs_Snorks, 23 December 2012 - 05:39 PM.





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