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Forum topic by americanwoodworker posted 07-20-2012 01:25 PM 1816 views 0 times favorited 30 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-20-2012 01:25 PM

Last night I killed 15, yes thats 15 black widows around the outside of my house. 3 more got away from me. They seem to be all over the place this year. But 3 nights ago I saw a nasty ass (pardon the french) bug that I have never seen before. I (by “I” i mean my wife) took it in to get identified and was told it was a wind scorpion, or sun spider. Ugh, this thing was ugly and looked like it was the inspiration for the mouth of “Predators” the movie.

Of all the things I could have been born with in this world and it had to be insectophobia. Just imagine me last night, screeming like a school girl just to defend my own honor by protecting my wife from spiders. Sheesh!

-- Your freedom to be you, includes my freedom to be free from you.

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#1 posted 07-20-2012 01:37 PM

interesting find…
I’m sure there are more pleasant things to do than having to fend your home from these guys…good luck

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#2 posted 07-20-2012 01:37 PM

where are you located? There are a lot of spiders here also.but I just spray the heck out of them or stomp on them.

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#3 posted 07-20-2012 01:47 PM

I’m thinking the strange spring we had has affected the insect populations. We had very warm/hot weather early spring and they say this is what caused the army worm outbreak here (Western New York). I guess they got established before their predators did. This spring we had little flies all over but no -not one- lady bug and they are usually all over the house. I haven’t seen a june bug either. -Jack

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#4 posted 07-20-2012 01:58 PM

where are you? Please let me know so that I can never go there :)

Jack, I’m in Rochester and haven’t seen a single one at my house this year.. My parents (just a few miles south) have been infested like crazy. I wonder if they’re repelled by walnut

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#5 posted 07-20-2012 02:02 PM

You do know the proper forum etiquette, right? Whenever you talk about finding a creepy bug like that you’re supposed to post a photo of it.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#6 posted 07-20-2012 02:17 PM

A Few months ago we had a huge outbreak of moths. They were all over the place. If you walked under a tree they would swarm you. Of course there were no birds around. Imagine that, a huge food source and nothing around to eat them.

Brandon I did not ask for that bug back. I am deathly afraid of bugs. Just a lady bug will make me shake like crazy. I get violent with people when they think it’s funny to test me. My wife has told my children to never try and scare me or play a prank on me with bugs because they will be grounded until they move out. But if you would like to see a pic of it just google the nasty thing

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#7 posted 07-20-2012 02:26 PM

I’m usually OK with most bugs except ants. If I see ants in my house it puts me off my appetite until they’re gone. Funny things is this year there seems to far fewer of them. I’m in NC (Charlotte area).

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#8 posted 07-20-2012 02:35 PM

It is generally accepted that we swallow about 1 spider per month in our sleep.
Nighty night.

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#9 posted 07-20-2012 02:38 PM

It is the oppressive heat

The spiders are following the other bugs which are attracted to your air conditioned Shangri La. Think about that even on the OUTSIDE of your windows it is probably 10 degrees colder than the yard. So a darn fine spot for a web

-- “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Mark Twain

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#10 posted 07-20-2012 02:40 PM

For us it’s roaches. I’m talking big, brown, 2-inch-long monsters that send my wife and adult son scurrying for the nearest escape route. We generally average one or two a month in the house, but I had five in a two-day span this week. Maybe the coming end of the world on December 21st has the insects nervous.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#11 posted 07-20-2012 03:23 PM

When I was in Saudi Arabia, those sun spiders / wind scorpions are called camel spiders, because of their color. They are VERY aggressive – don’t get bit! We also have them in here in New Mexico, called child of the earth.

-- When I was a kid I wanted to be older . . . . . this CRAP is not what I expected !

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#12 posted 07-20-2012 04:30 PM


WOW! 15 Black Widows caught outside your home!
Where did you find them… where were they hiding?

I find most of mine in the garage (shop)... and most of the time they quickly crawl away before I can get them!
... you really have to be prepared with a nice stick so you can scoop them out quickly onto the ground where you can step on them! LOL

Yes, where are you… So. West, So. East, etc.??

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#13 posted 07-20-2012 07:16 PM

you must live in arizona.

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#14 posted 07-20-2012 07:21 PM

I have at least three, maybe four spider bites on my right arm. Got MRSA the last time I got bit, hoping it won’t that bad this time around. Two are side by side, and a third is a bit lower down the arm from the two at the elbow. These suckers BURN, elbow is getting red and fat. ER only gave me some pills to take. We have a lot of little brownish tan spiders. Outside, there are a few black, hairy, spiders that will jump AT you.

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#15 posted 07-20-2012 07:30 PM

It’s all to do with warmer than average weather, when normally frost kills most of the eggs .Now with extremene weather changes they aint a dying off.In my Best American twang.LOL Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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