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dpack



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 08 12:08 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

this one is chunky ,im pretty unworried by most wildlife but that chap was chunky and it lives here with me
why are spiders so much more worrying than they should be ?
my pal's pets are big and one of them is fierce with it but they all seem safeish as they are easy seen ,this wee chap has me looking about and thinking i should shake me boots before i put them back on
afaik brit spiders are harmless but he had a look to him i didnt like

Blue Sky



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 08 5:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

You've got me looking in my boots now too.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 08 6:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I quite like spiders.

There are a couple of British ones that can give a nasty bite- the woodlouse spider for example can get through a fingernail if you are silly enough to poke it, but its not that common to get bitten, and its not venomous, just painful. Most are perfectly nice to be around.

Andrea



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 08 6:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Occassionally one sets up home down our compost loo. Now I'm a bit like you dpack, whilst I can see them they're OK but I don't like to let them out of my sight. Not having eyes in my backside, spiders down the loo is a recipe for constipation.

As far as I know, the big ones that find their way into the loo are harmless but I got bitten by a spider last year whilst shifting manure which laid me out for a couple of days. It came on astonishingly quickly & I think if it had bitten one of the kids they'd have been seriously ill.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 08 9:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

sally_in_wales wrote:
Most are perfectly nice to be around.


Hmm...
A.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 08 9:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

dpack wrote:
afaik brit spiders are harmless but he had a look to him i didnt like


Perhaps I shouldn't say I've been bitten by a commonly found UK spider.

At least the ones commonly found in the house seem ok and I've now plucked up courage to handle even the largest ones; the ones that are so large they can walk over a slipper as if it isn't there.

bernie-woman



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 08 9:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Treacodactyl wrote:

Perhaps I shouldn't say I've been bitten by a commonly found UK spider.




What were you doing to it to make you bite you


Andrea



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 08 9:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Treacodactyl wrote:

Perhaps I shouldn't say I've been bitten by a commonly found UK spider.



My Dad was bitten by a spider in the UK & his arm came up like an angry red balloon. He's far more forgiving than me as he spotted the culprit & allowed it free passage elsewhere. I never spotted the one that bit me, but if I had it would not have been given the opportunity to do it again.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 08 10:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

bernie-woman wrote:
Treacodactyl wrote:

Perhaps I shouldn't say I've been bitten by a commonly found UK spider.




What were you doing to it to make you bite you


Trying to squash it so I was fair game. In my defence I was very young and I don't kill things unnecessarily now.

No reaction to the bite, it was one of those orange, furry woodlouse spiders.

Jonnyboy



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 08 10:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Treacodactyl wrote:

No reaction to the bite,


From the society of nature

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'Long term mental impairment can result (in very extreme cases) where the victim demonstrates hypersensitivity to venom'

chez



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 08 2:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Can't pick 'em up and don't like 'em behind me. Or on the ceiling.

But can pick 'em up in a pint glass - one of the two positive things I took away from my horrible previous relationship was the knowledge that even the largest house spider can't jump out of one .

dpack



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 08 6:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

maybe im not daft

Blue Sky



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 26, 08 10:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We had a very big one in here a few days ago and now it isn't here anymore. Well, it is; if you see what I mean?

chez



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 26, 08 10:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

You can borrow Betty Cat if you like - I found her hunting down a HUGE house-spider just outside the bedroom door this morning.

kaz



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 26, 08 12:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We are a spider friendly household (that's my excuse for not removing spiders webs) and will quite happily pick them up to rehouse them from the bath etc. I had never thought that they might want to bite me

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