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Old 08-19-2011, 11:56 AM   #15
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Most spiders are harmless and it has been said you are never more than 8 feet away from one. They eat other bugs, so killing them may not reduce the total bug count at all. Spraying all that insecticide is probably more harmful to you than the chance of meeting a deadly bug.

I haven't seen a black widow for more than 55 years and that was in NYC. My father was about to walk into the web one evening, I was right behind him and pulled him back before he did. I'm told where we live now, black widows and scorpions are found, but I've never seen a scorpion either. And no rattlers. Am I in an alternate universe? Mountain lions are another matter—one killed 2 sheep down the road a couple of week ago.

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we've got black widows and rattlers and mountain lions (oh my) around here. i would bet you got 'em over there too..you've just been lucky not to see them. i've seen the widows and lions but have yet to run into a rattler. but i know alot of people who have. in fact my wife was out walking the dogs by the river one day and came up on one that had a ground squirrel that the dogs decided they wanted to take from it...nobody got tagged in the mayhem that followed...thank god
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Old 08-19-2011, 01:26 PM   #16
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Black widow webs are easy to identify. Not only are they somewhat chaotic in appearance like a random collection of lines, but they are much, much stronger than other webs. The web feels like tiny steel wires. The web was harvested by housewives in WWII and sent to the government to make reticals for various types of optical sights. Their venom, unlike most spider venom, is a neuro-toxin.
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Old 08-19-2011, 02:36 PM   #17
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Oh my Goodness. I would just DIE if I ever saw one in person. We live up in Seattle and don't have them here. Oiy!
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Old 08-19-2011, 06:34 PM   #18
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Oh my Goodness. I would just DIE if I ever saw one in person. We live up in Seattle and don't have them here. Oiy!
Come to my house, In late June and into August is breeding season here in Northern California. The big females are out on every corner of the house. Even though we spray, I go out on "widow hunts" after dark and with a flashlight and a shoe. You havn't truly lived a full life till you "feel something on your leg", only to have the wife tell you..."oh my God, you have a black widow on your leg, and she's the biggest one I've ever seen!!!" fortunately, they are usually shy and only come out at night. Otherwise they stay put in cool, dark places...like old tires, under your house, in your Airstream's chassis. Oh, and only the females are deadly.
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Old 08-19-2011, 06:53 PM   #19
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Come to my house, In late June and into August is breeding season here in Northern California. The big females are out on every corner of the house. Even though we spray, I go out on "widow hunts" after dark and with a flashlight and a shoe. You havn't truly lived a full life till you "feel something on your leg", only to have the wife tell you..."oh my God, you have a black widow on your leg, and she's the biggest one I've ever seen!!!" fortunately, they are usually shy and only come out at night. Otherwise they stay put in cool, dark places...like old tires, under your house, in your Airstream's chassis. Oh, and only the females are deadly.
WOW!that is one ugly black widow.Did you scream like a crazy madman when your wife told you about the black widow on your leg?I know I would have!
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Old 08-19-2011, 07:26 PM   #20
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Black widow webs are easy to identify. Not only are they somewhat chaotic in appearance like a random collection of lines, but they are much, much stronger than other webs. The web feels like tiny steel wires. The web was harvested by housewives in WWII and sent to the government to make reticals for various types of optical sights. Their venom, unlike most spider venom, is a neuro-toxin.
Sometimes it's the web that gives you the clue to look further. The tiny little baby spiders don't look any special, but that strong wire chaotic web will make you more diligent in remove them.
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Old 08-19-2011, 08:23 PM   #21
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A widow bit my upper arm as I was asleep, in a basement apartment in Denver about 30 years ago. I groggily noticed something going on, kind of slapped it, and went back to sleep. Went to work the next morning, noticing that my arm was a little bit sore, as if I had overused a muscle in it the previous day. As the day wore on, it eventually felt like somebody had slugged me in the upper arm as hard as they could- I could hardly use it. When I got home, I looked around the floor near my bed, and sure enough- a dead widow with the red hourglass. These things pack a punch!
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Old 08-19-2011, 09:25 PM   #22
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Old 08-19-2011, 09:51 PM   #23
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WOW!that is one ugly black widow.Did you scream like a crazy madman when your wife told you about the black widow on your leg?I know I would have!
No..I screamed like a three year old little girl!
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Ha ha I know I'd be doing the same thing.
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