This is my warning for those of you who may not wish to just get slammed in the face with a spider picture.

But I have to take a poll to figure something out, and this way I can save words.

Have those of you who are squeamish about spider pictures gone?


I promise, they're going to be coming up now.

Alright then. And please understand that my camera does not have a great zoom, so this picture was not an easy one to take and I started squealing like a little girl.

Savvymom, this isn't a hobo spider, is it? I know they shuttled their way over to the US from either Europe or Asia or something, but I couldn't remember which. Here's a picture of it dead, in case that helps.

Any spider people in here who can tell me what it is?

I suddenly feel like I'm in the movie Arachnaphobia, where all the spiders start dropping down on people from everywhere. There was this HUGE spider in the doorjamb when I got home tonight, and then I found another one in my room 10 minutes later (the one in the picture). This second one was fast, and also wanted to kill me. So we had to play this awful hide & seek game under my desk, because I couldn't leave something like that alive in my room. I just knew any second it was going to appear out of nowhere and launch itself at my face.

Then I found another one while I was moving furniture, only it slid under my door and disappeared! Now it'll probably come back while I'm asleep and in the morning I'll be all dessicated and whatnot. Plus since the house is old they just slip right under the doors to get inside and outside.

They probably aren't hobo spiders, though, because those aren't supposed to be that great at climbing, and that first huge spider shimmied up that doorjamb like nobody's business. The second two I found in my room on the second floor. But still, ick! Ugggh! Freaking English spiders!!!


Cicada said... [reply]

I think it's just a wolf spider. I'd tell you not to worry, but the last time I told my brother "not to worry" about a "spider bite" he had, it turned out in the end that he had a flesh-eating bacteria and he almost died. I'm just saying.

Streets of Belfast said... [reply]

OK, yuk! There was this huge spider in the bathroom here that looked a lot like the one in the picture. Unfortunately it disappeared by the time I had found anyone to kill it for me (There was no way I was going anywhere near it armed only with toilet paper) Take heart though, I have been repeatedly assured by several different sources that there are no poisonous spiders in the UK (In the case of Belfast, just poisonous people).

Mistress of Mayhem said... [reply]

AYE CARUMBA!!! That thing is hideous. I don't care what that thing is, it must die. Kill it again, just to be sure and this time use a croquet(sp?) club, mallet thingy. Gross.

Miss Hass said... [reply]

That. Is. Disgusting. And of course, with the warning, I was required to look at it. Ew, ew, ew, ew, ew. Vacuum that mother right up. That's what I do.

daltongirl said... [reply]

I think what I'd do in a similar situation, is ask people who actually lived in that area, instead of asking a bunch of people who are 10,000 miles away in a totally different climate and continent, and freaking them out with your horrible pictures. It seems like they might have a little more insight. Also then I could sleep better.

Jaime said... [reply]

Okay...see...sick! Now I really won't be able to sleep tonight. But to be fair, you did warn us. You would be so proud of me because even with my MAJOR spider-phobia I was able to kill a huge spider at work the other day. What was I going to do? Let it crawl around the operating room...very dangerous stuff! So I took one for the team. Good luck with the spider problem, Nem!

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chosha said... [reply]

I think it might be a huntsman. Got any vines growing up the outside wall of the house? They love living in those. If you do, definitely don't leave your windows open. The good news is that gross as they look, they are actually pretty harmless and will eat all the flies/bugs. This does not, of course, stop me from killing them immediately if I see one.

Okay, so, what can you do? Well, huntsmans are tres common here, so...take yourself to supermarket and buy some surface spray - the one that works for a while if the spider walks over it. Make sure there is a spider on the can, because the ant one won't work. Spray around every window (outside if you can get to it, but inside if not), around every door and around and inside any exhaust fan or air vent in the wall. This will help. I do this every four months or so and I get almost no spiders and no ants at all.

Good luck. They are mighty creepy.

kat said... [reply]

it's the only thing to do.
trust me.

Julie said... [reply]

Thanks for killing it, as it looks like the one in my bathroom this morning!

Savvymom said... [reply]

Sucks to be you! SD's uncle Mike got bit by a spider last week and they don't know what it was and he had to go get IVs every 12 hours for a few days and they had to "remove the abcess" and he can't work and stuff for awhile, so he wasn't able to go to the wedding in Oregon.
I hope it doesn't bite you.

Coop said... [reply]

Last night I was half asleep in bed when Wife called out from the bathroom: "Spiderspiderthere'saspidercomekillit!" or something similar. I delayed, hoping that she would take care of it and I could become three-quarters asleep. She turned the light off and came to bed, saying: "he's under the shoe." 3 cheers for her! But is it that traumatizing to wipe up a dead spider?

Nemesis said... [reply]

I didn't see any last night or today, so let's hope they've given up. My landlord says she hasn't seen any like that all summer. So maybe they just waited till I was alone and then converged on the house.

But thanks to everyone for sympathizing!! If they come back, I'm doing what Chosha says to do!

Spitfire said... [reply]

( peeing pants at this moment. . .)

Ewww. . .even with all of your warnings, I just didn't want to miss out on what the big fuss was over. And being the one who officially decides if a spider is gross or not, I figured it was something that I really needed to see for myself.

I agree that next time it may be wise to use some type of mallet, sword, hammer or croquet racket to kill the thing with, just incase, and then leave it smashed with the object still on top of it for a couple weeks just to make it doesn't come alive again--especially in your sleep.

If this sort of thing doesn't appeal, I guess the next best thing would be to realize what plentiful manna you've been blessed with, stab it with a knife, grill it over a fire in the backyard and eat it for dinner. Yuck. just beware that baby spiders don't come scattering about all over the place.

That would be reason to pack up and move.

Panini said... [reply]

That is the grossest picture!!! EWW! I found a Hobo when I lived in the Tree Streets...I thought...I took it over to the Bean Museum...they got all excited...we drowned it in alcohol and it ended up being the real thing. Problem with getting real i.d's on the Hobo is that there's a Domestic garden variety all around who look the same...and you can't tell the difference until you're looking under the Dissecting Microscope and counting the # of eyeballs. Sorry Nem, no help.

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