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BowserKoopa1
11-13-2011, 03:08 PM
Yesterday a cashier next to me was trying to get me to see something. After a few attempts to see it I asked him what it was that I was looking for. Finally he said "Spider" and then I finally could make out a web. It wasn't really a web, it was a strand of spider silk that stretched from my register to his. Suspended in mid air was a tiny little harmless spider about the size of a crumb.
Just as I was about to do something, a lady came through his line and saw us looking up at the spider.
Lady: Um, are you open?
Me: Yes he is, we're just trying to take care of this spider here.
Lady: Oh, there's a spider?! :eek:
She slowly backs away, as does the other cashier. I chuckle to myself as I wonder just how its possible that people can be afraid of a tiny little spider like this. I grab a paper towel and grab the spider, but I do not kill it. I then throw it in the trash can. If I had been at home, I would have released it outside if I had caught one.
Later he tells me that he has a fear of spiders, and its then that I confess to him that I actually never killed the spider, just tossed it in the trash can. He gets nervous and asks what will happen if the spider gets out and makes his way back to him. :lol: I reassure him that everything will be ok, and that if the spider somehow comes back, I will handle it.
Ok, now I know this is gonna start a long discussion about how everyone is afraid of spiders and stuff. Yall are probably gonna say I should've just killed it, to which I reply no I will not. Does this mean I am a Monk? Hell no, it just means that I like all kinds of creatures, spiders included. I feel sorry for them because nobody likes them and everyone tries to kill the poor things (yes I know they are poisonous, my best friend got bit by a brown recluse and almost lost his arm) so I try to avoid killing them if I can. I wonder what it is that makes people so afraid of spiders? When I go to a pet store and hold a snake, people look at it and even are willing to get close. I hold a spider, everyone keeps their distance :roll: Btw I will not try to handle a wild spider and risk getting bit. I only handle the pet store ones.
So I guess my question is, who's afraid of the big bad spider, regardless of the size? Certainly not me!

Teskeria
11-13-2011, 03:36 PM
I like the non-poisonous spiders at a distance. I like the way they eat the irritating flies and other insects. I don't kill them, but I don't handle them either. My youngest daughter has a severe phobia of spiders. SO much so, that when the spiders starting coming out during the Harry P movie, she started to whimper and I pulled her over and covered her eyes (teenager at the time mind you.) Guy behind started to make a nasty comment about her noise (as I was grabbing her) and I just looked at him and said 'She has severe Arachnophobia". He shut right up.

Marmalady
11-13-2011, 04:59 PM
Spiders don't bother me, but then as far as I know we don't have any poisonous ones in the UK (though some, like the false widow, can give you a nasty nip which is a bit like being stung by a bee, apparently) I certainly wouldn't just kill one, usually I just catch them and put them outside.

Craneflies on the other hand......... *shudder*

Food Lady
11-14-2011, 03:00 AM
I like them, generally, unless they're fat and black, or have thick legs. But spindly spiders, brown spiders, tiny spiders--they're my little houseguests. I let them live. I actually have affection for them, somewhat as one would for a dog or cat. Roaches and centipedes, however, can DIAF.

FenigDurak
11-14-2011, 02:02 PM
My cat eats fresh webs, but not the spiders (thank gord!). She also loves to catch and maim cave crickets, which are abundant in our basement. It's adorable to watch too as she mews so proudly that the poor cricket makes a break for freedom only to realize he's missing a leg and only going to be caught again. The webs she eats like a dog with peanut butter and frequently comes away with some left on her whiskers.

Pagan
11-14-2011, 07:06 PM
I'd have had to move from my place years ago if spiders bothered me. There's a lot of very industrious spiders around here. It's like the webs spontaneously appear. I've given up trying to keep up with knocking them down. Take a whack at them once a month.

I usually let them roam free, but I do relocate the occasional wolf spider. Mainly because I'm worried about stepping on it and hurting it!

Roaches and centipedes, however, can DIAF.

Centipedes, meh, don't really care. Just shuffle them outside when I infrequently get one.

Now roaches? I would love for all of them to be wiped off the face of the earth. They're dirty and serve absolutely no purpose except to torment me. Doesn't help that I've got a raging phobia of the little bastards....

wagegoth
11-15-2011, 10:23 PM
I have lost most of my mercy for spiders after having been bitten by a black widow, and they are omnipresent in this area, in many shapes and varieties.

There's a very determined spider living in the left side mirror of my car. I have heated, electric mirrors, and it has rained heavily a few times already, but as soon as the sky clears, there's a web on the bottom left corner of the mirror in the morning.

BrenDAnn
11-16-2011, 05:26 AM
Little bitty spiders like you were describing? No problem. It's when they get bigger that I don't like them. We mostly have the thick brown barn spiders around here, and they can get BIG! My only other problem aside from size is if they land on me. Then I scream and squeal like a schoolgirl, until I'm sure it has fallen off and crawled away to hide somewhere!

HiddenMica
11-16-2011, 08:46 AM
I'm only afraid of large spiders. My bf has a bunch in his house. His room mate hates them and kills any on sight. My bf only kills the ones that dangle or get into "open" space. So long as they are in a corner he's happy. Even them most of the time if he can he'll put it outside and any that are outside are a strict no kill policy. If I wasn't afraid of the big ones he probably would let them rule the house. lmao. There are some big ones around here, brown recluse, they actually will chase you if you scream and run because they like the noise..... :shudder:

RecoveringKinkoid
11-16-2011, 12:20 PM
Now roaches? I would love for all of them to be wiped off the face of the earth. They're dirty and serve absolutely no purpose except to torment me. Doesn't help that I've got a raging phobia of the little bastards....

See? It's not just me! Fear of Roaches is a thing. It's not me being crazy.

Pagan
11-16-2011, 11:56 PM
See? It's not just me! Fear of Roaches is a thing. It's not me being crazy.

You're not only not crazy, that makes you one of the sanest people I know! I've only every made it 5 minutes into "Joe's Apartment" (the Busby Berkeley-esque number left me twitching) or the X-Files episode, "The War of the Caprophages".

Do you get people that not only laugh at you, but feel it necessary to go out of their way to either point them out to you or tell you about their encounters?

dragon_wings
11-17-2011, 02:54 AM
I hate bugs. The place I'm living now is totally infested, the kitchen especially. Which is just one of the reasons I keep my food in closed plastic containers.
One night I went to go to the bathroom and turned on the light and shrieked. *Huge* cockroach. My housemate was in the next room and was all 'Why you screaming?' and I pointed it out to him and he was like: :eek:

ralerin
11-17-2011, 11:40 AM
I love spiders and snakes and bugs of all kinds, except for cockroaches, mosquitoes and poisonous bugs. They get whacked the moment I see them.

At my Aid of Rite we have a family of 8-10 spiders that live on the outside of the window above the registers, ranging from pinprick size to big, meaty beefcake spiders thatcare half the size of my thumb. People don't think they're real until I point them out to them and then they start shrieking.

RecoveringKinkoid
11-17-2011, 01:20 PM
Do you get people that not only laugh at you, but feel it necessary to go out of their way to either point them out to you or tell you about their encounters?

I don't have people harassing me about it, if that's what you mean. My friends are not the sorts to laugh at phobias.

They have expressed amazement that I will walk around holding snakes and giant beetles and whatnot while being afraid of roaches, but they just shake their heads and humor me. Usually they'll go, "why don't you leave the room, I got something I got to take care of." Which is double speak for "I don't want to you screaming like a little girl while I kill this roach for you, so pound sand."

I did have a neighbor threaten to throw one on me when he found out, but I just so happened to have a snake on my person (it was in my hat, which I was holding. It's a long, bizarre story.) Let me tell you something Constant Reader, you will not command as much respect holding an AK47 as you will holding a snake.

He didn't throw the roach.

Skeen
11-17-2011, 05:16 PM
I dislike killing spiders, but I will kill the black widows and brown recluses we have here if they are in my house. I can avoid them, but my cats don't know any better. When we lived in Oz we killed the redbacks wherever we found them (indoor/outdoor cats), but we always caught the huntsmen and released them outside so the cats wouldn't eat them.

A few months ago I heard one of my cats shuffling through his bin of toys and then he came bolting out while trying to paw something off his nose. I went to see what he had stuck to him and found one of the biggest recluses I'd ever seen. I managed to smack it off him and kill it before he got bitten by it, but it was still closer than I'd ike to think about. The way he was going after his nose like that I'm surprised the spider didn't get annoyed/frightened and bite him.

BowserKoopa1
11-17-2011, 10:53 PM
I want a spider as a pet, a big hairy tarantula. When I am able to afford to get my own place, I will get one.
There is a funny story that I would like to share.... Awhile back when my best friend's annoying brother still lived at the house, he would do all kinds of things to annoy us. I found out that he has a very big fear of spiders. I kept on teasing my best friend and saying I was gonna surprise him with a big spider next time he starts pestering us. Funny thing is, I did buy a spider but never showed it to him. I wound up taking it straight back to the pet store after my mom refused to allow it in the house. :lol:

mharbourgirl
11-18-2011, 06:45 PM
Yeah, severe arachnophobia here, I hate it but I've never been able to even reduce it a little. People think I'm very weird about it, though. I won't let people kill spiders. If they're in the house someone must carry it outside where it belongs. Spiders do a very important job: eating all the OTHER insects that I am in varying degrees afraid of. As long as they stay outside, I'm cool. But don't even show me a picture of a spider: you may get hurt, my reaction is so violent.

At least I live far enough north that there are no poisonous spiders and I've never had to live with roaches. Those things don't frighten me, they DISGUST me and I want to just flail away killing them until they're paste. :flame: I am SO never visiting Florida.

My dad was once maintenance manager at a large university and got me a summer job on the maintenance staff. He thought it would be funny to send me to the insect labs to clean some rooms. I came back to his office after one look around the place and told him I was either going to quit or tell Mom if he EVER did that again. If you've never been in a large insect lab, and you have problems with giant spiders, maggots, and cockroaches as big as your face, it's a place you should avoid. :eek: :runaway:

ShootMePlease
11-19-2011, 05:34 AM
Spiders and crickets don't bother me. I have no problem with them being in my house. I have been known to pick up a cricket that has gotten caught in the tub while I'm taking a shower and put them on the bathroom floor.

I will not be mean to them. They're just trying to live their lives. They're cool in my book.

EricKei
11-19-2011, 04:10 PM
I don't have a problem with harmless-type spiders/caterpillars, etc, I just wouldn't wanna live with them in the house. The bugs that sting (like the dropbear-style fuzzy caterpillars that infest our area at times), on the other hand? Yeah...I prefer to keep them at arm's length...ideally when I'm armed with a flamethrower >_>

Retail Associate
11-21-2011, 06:26 PM
I am terrified of spiders. No other insect causes me fear and I will release most back to the outdoors (except flies) but the sight of a spider, any spider, puts me into a state of fear and trembling. I know it's nuts but I've never been able to overcome it. I believe it's because my older brothers pestered me relentlessly when we were kids...chasing me with spiders and webs.

If I see a spider in the house I cannot relax until I know that thing is dead. One night as I was climbing into bed, a big, black spider ran across my pillow. Even after killing the spider I had to wash all the sheets and blankets from my bed before getting in it.

Right now, just thinking about spiders is making my skin crawl.

ADoyle90815
11-21-2011, 09:48 PM
The only spiders that deserve to die are black widows, brown recluses, and a new arrival in my area, the brown widow as their bites are worse than the black widow bites. Any other spider is left alone, unless they dangle in front of me from the skylight, then they get taken outside.

I'm also one who has a phobia of cockroaches, and since I live a block away from a middle school, I get the bigger ones that eat paper. Normally, they stay outside, but I was really annoyed with my cat when he brought in a live one to play with, only to let it get under the bookcase, so when it came out again, I had to kill it. I don't mind if my cat catches them, as long as he kills them and leaves them outside.

ShinyObject
11-23-2011, 01:27 AM
I freaking LOVE spiders! Yeah, I know...I'm weird.

Growing up I was taught to respect all animals and my grandfather and I spent time watching spiders, ants, beetles and pretty much anything else we could find. One of my earliest memories is of a huge black and yellow orb spider (body about the size of a quarter) who had her nest in the corner between our house and garage. I watched her all summer and was broken hearted when her time came in the late autumn.

Up until last week I had a dime sized spider that was in the laundry room but moved into the hall when it became colder. She stayed up at the corner of the wall and the ceiling. I haven't seen her so I suppose her time has come as well. I was hoping she'd lay her egg case so I could move it out to a protected place in my shed. Spiders eat so many harmful pets that they are welcome in my home and garden any time.

I would never dream of killing one. As my grandfather said when I was being a brat and squashed one..."Very good -- you killed it. Now make it come back to life..."

Shalom
11-23-2011, 04:08 AM
Like I said in that other thread, I don't mind spiders. They eat bugs.

Back when I was in university, there were several buildings connected by glassed-in walkways. Spiders would build their webs right across the glass, thinking (incorrectly) that there was an opening there for the flies to fly through. Of course the flies thought the same thing, so the spiders still made a decent living. One day, I was passing through the walkway from the Pharmacy building to the Biology building, and I noticed a 3x5 card taped to the inside of the glass, near one of the webs. On it was hand-written:

Common Garden Spider
Argiope aurantia
Very rare in Western New York
Harmless, please do not disturb

Guess that's what happens when you've got a lot of Biology majors wandering around a spider habitat... :D
(note, I don't remember the exact species, it might have been some other kind of spider)

The only insects that inspire true loathing in me are the wasps and yellowjackets. Maybe it's part of my needle phobia, also because I got stung (twice) by one when I was about 3 or 4, but I absolutely despise them and will gladly commit insecticide if I ever see one. (Or worse, more than one. I had to change an air conditioner in my old apartment about 11 years ago; pulled the machine out of its sleeve and lo and be hold, a freaking wasp nest. :eek: I shoved that chassis right back into the sleeve, ran out to Shop Rong and bought a can of bug spray. Then I pulled the chassis out again, saturated the nest, and spent the next fifteen minutes waiting for the stragglers to come back. About once or twice a minute another wasp would come flying up to the hole in the wall, shpritz went the spray, and the wasp fell out of the air. There must have been quite a pile of them under the a/c unit by the time I was done. Hate hate hate the pointy little bastards.) I'll gladly kill mosquitoes if I can catch them, but they don't inspire such passionate dislike.

BowserKoopa1
11-23-2011, 02:24 PM
Ok I am just gonna come out into the open and say, I like insects, pretty much all of them. Certain ones like flying bugs with stingers and a few other ones I prefer to keep their distance. Call me crazy, but I actually feel sorry for all of them, as they really can't help what they are, any more than a spider can help being a spider. Their lives are short enough as it is, so when I see a bee or something, I pass by it very carefully so much as not to startle it and make it feel threatened. I found that if you leave them alone, they will leave you alone.
As for hornet's nests, I actually had a bad encounter with one. My dad told me to bring him the garden hose, and when I lifted it up, I was attacked by a bunch of very angry hornets. I quickly ran and dove into the pool, escaping without a single sting. Luckily it was the middle of summer :lol:

MoonCat
11-24-2011, 03:00 AM
It's because they're creepy. Creepy crawly, creepy creepy crawly crawly....

Anyway. They freak me out but I try not to kill them. I keep a few large empty jars around because I'm the only one in the house that will go anywhere near them, and release them outside.

I'm not afraid of centipedes anymore, but I don't want them in the house. I try to catch those and let them go outside, too.