I have my shop in my 2 car garage that is "finished" in that it has
plywood along the exterior walls, but there is very little insulation (
I'm working on that ).
However... I'VE BEEN INVADED!!.... I am currently at war with spiders
big enough to carry me away! I don't know where these things come from
but they ain't tiny house spiders and they aren't tarantulas. but one
just invaded my printer.. *Ponders how in the world to get him back
out* What do you guys n gals do to keep this from happening...
I don't mind most bugs .... BUT I HATE ARACHNIDS!!!!
signed... The scared bear!
To elaborate on that:
Spiders eat insects. There must be insects in your shop, or else
the spiders wouldn't be there. Get rid of those other bugs that you
don't mind and you won't have spiders to worry about.
I had a roomate in college who worked as an exterminator.
When he got a call about spiders, he looked for some other
bugs and killed them.
It has come to my attention that you are protesting my occupancy of
the garage. I've heard your protest and am sorry to inform you that do
to the following circumstances you will be forced to vacate said
1. You pay no rent towards upkeep of said property
2. You do not provide any material to help me in my shop
3. You do not attack burglars who might want my precious equipment
4. I don't like you and think your ugly... Especially when you drop
on my head or race down the wall like your charging after me.
5. You don't speak to me nor smile for the web cam.
Ergo you are hereby order to vacate the premises promptly. You are
welcome to reside OUTSIDE the shop and any other exterior areas that I
possess. You may even live in the boat for the winter ( p.s. theres
probably lots of good ants in there for you to eat ). I will happily
leave the outside insects for you to consume as you desire.
Lastly please note this is not a democracy. I am the dictator in this
kingdom and have spoken. Having done so I hereby issue a proclamation
of death to any who refuse to comply. Your domiciles will be decimated
YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!
Thank you for your time.
There that oughta do it. Time to shop the flea markets for a hose for
the vacuum cleaner.*now I just gotta find a notary to make it legal*
Thu, Oct 5, 2006, 4:20pm (EDT-1) firstname.lastname@example.org (Troy)
<snip> 1. You pay no rent towards upkeep of said property
2. You do not provide any material to help me in my
3. You do not attack burglars who might want my
4. I don't like you and think your ugly... Especially
when you drop on my head or race down the wall like your
charging after me.
5. You don't speak to me nor smile for the web cam.
Astonishing, except for number 4, that could well be me, talking
about one of my sons.
It's not hard, if you get your mind right.
- Granny Weatherwax
"Troy" stopped screaming like a sissy long enough to write:
First of all, don't be afraid - spiders can smell fear.
Sounds like wolf spiders, which are totally harmless, except for the
extremely painful bite.
Try using a shop vac on 'em - boy does that piss them off!
Hope this helps.
If you are talking about members of the Lycosidae family then the
above is incorrect!
Wolf Spiders are venomous. While not generally considered to be
lethal, a bite could result in serious illness for a young child, the
aged, or those with a compromised immune function.
I fog my shop at least once a month with these:
You can get them at any of the borgs or wally world.. work great..
I note only hate spiders but don't care for webs and such in the shop...
Most spiders are harmless and they will only bite if you grab them.
Seriously, don't be annoyed by them. And the only bad thing about one
getting in your printer is if he gets stuck in a roller. (bad for him,
not you or the printer)
Many years ago I had a small jumping spider walk out on the screen of
my Macintosh. I moved the cursor towards it and the spider became
defensive. Then as I moved the cursor away ,the spider pursued it. We
"sparred " for about 10 minutes before I had to get back to work (on
The spider was back the next day and we sparred again. I did not see
him after that though. Kind of sad, because I was looking forward to
teasing the spider while I did some computer work.
Even then, most spiders' fangs are not large or powerful enough to
break the thicker skin of a hand (at least where you would grab them).
And most animals, spiders included, when grabbed often become passive
and prepare for the impending death stroke from another animal, as if
they realize they're going to become another animal's meal and quickly
adjust to the idea.
I had a childhood friend who used to pick up Black Widows, and none of
them ever bit him. I even dared him once to tap on an egg sac then grab
the female, which he did. She did nothing. Maybe it was him, maybe it
was circumstance, and of course no one should do that kind of thing on
purpose, but it was interesting to me to note that they did not readily
Hard for an arachnaphobe to hear, but if not truly phobic then this is
great advice. The way I look at it is that the only downside is
cleaning out their webs on occasion; the upside is that they get rid of
the bugs I really detest and rarely see (silverfish, mosquitoes and
gnats, moths, etc.).
I saw a show on Discovery or TLC about necrotizing venom. Yikes!!!
You'd be better off getting napalm on you then this stuff. DAGS these
type of spiders for a pic and be sure that you don't have anythink like
that in your shop.
Yep.. my bro-in-law was bitten by a recluse...
He's had 2 or 3 operations, to remove dead tissue from his leg... yuk!
Since the OP stated they were BIG spiders it would be apparent to anyone
reading BIG that it's neither the Brown Recluse nor the Hobo - both of which
are considered small arachnids.
I would consider that a lot of information.
No, hobo spiders are considered "moderately large" (up to 18mm), and if
I saw them in my house, I would feel justified in typing BIG in all
caps. They are also now the leading cause of serious envenomation in
the northwestern United States. Brown recluse get about 2/3 as large.
Since "BIG" is vague and subjective, I do not consider this "a lot of
information." Even with a specimen in hand, it is usually very
difficult to identify the species. I don't think anyone can confidently
say what these spiders are or aren't, given the OP.
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