To want to go round like bubble boy due to size of spiders this year?

(33 Posts)
DirtyDancing Wed 16-Apr-14 22:02:52

So I can just tell this year it's going to be horrendous. At the weekend we had one, no joke, including legs, the size of the palm of my hand. I've never seen one this big before ever. As heading to bed now another sizeable beast greeted me on the stairs. There seems to be more than any other year. I just can't stand them. I know spider lovers will shoot me down in flames but my DH has been instructed to Hoover/ stamp / spray- whatever it takes to get rid if bigger than a 10p.

I daren't go to bed at the mo as have the shivers evening typing this!

theimposter Thu 24-Apr-14 00:08:39

You might want to keep an eye out for the smaller ones actually; I had a False Widow that had hidden in my trousers. I sat down in my car just after I changed into them and gradually got the horrible sensation of a thorn or something really sharp against my thigh and when I pulled over and put my hand down to grab out what I thought would be a piece of straw it turned out to be a spider!!! It was a bit squashed by then...

Gullygirl Thu 24-Apr-14 00:02:30

Yep,it's a huntsman.
We had a three legged one in the laundry for about a year, he was like a family pet!

BeCool Tue 22-Apr-14 10:35:05

Fuck - I didn't think these spiders were an issue until September - what are they? Where are they? Do I need to start checking towels before I use them already?

Prettykitty111 Tue 22-Apr-14 10:32:04

Gully we were looking at moving to Australia last year. Went through all the yuck think of the creepy crawlies conversations! Tried to explain to people that you WANT a huntsman in the house to eat all the others and people look at you in a very different way! Is that a huntsman?

Gullygirl Tue 22-Apr-14 10:16:57

I used to be petrified of spiders.

Then I moved to Australia.

I just had to get over it.The big ones we get here are actually welcome,as they ear the nasties,like redbacks which can give a wicked bite.
It is still disconcerting to find one crawling about the laundry basket in your smalls though, like this fist sized one from the other week.

Gullygirl Tue 22-Apr-14 09:59:32

I used to be petrified of spiders.

Then I moved to Australia.

I just had to get over it.The big ones we get here are actually welcome,as they ear the nasties,like redbacks which can give a wicked bite.
It is still disconcerting to find one crawling about the laundry basket in your smalls though, like this fist sized one from the other week.

missknows Tue 22-Apr-14 03:51:59

Get chickens. They LOVE eating spiders. (And any other bugs for that matter)

MistressDeeCee Tue 22-Apr-14 01:55:57

Decides not to even think about Forty's mutant spiders

I was going to try conkers but DD said conkers turn into maggots after a while, it happened to a mate of hers

paperclip2 Thu 17-Apr-14 08:28:51

"Has anyone tried having conkers in the house to repel spiders, does it work?"

yes, I tried it, it doesn't work sad

Fortysomethingwinelover Wed 16-Apr-14 22:56:07

That's the bloody species in the barn! shock. Arachnid boxei lol

justmuddlingalong Wed 16-Apr-14 22:52:06
Fortysomethingwinelover Wed 16-Apr-14 22:37:52

mistress We live in the country on a farm and they are fucking mutants compared to what I was used to. DH laughs at me because I covered the windows with spider nets and bought spider repellant. They are immune to anything here. The ones in the hay barn would challenge anyone to a boxing match.

justmuddlingalong Wed 16-Apr-14 22:34:11

Oooh, spider repellent spray, I didn't know such a thing existed. <nips off for a look on Ebay.>

Alisvolatpropiis Wed 16-Apr-14 22:34:10

Really must start trying my sod of a cat back into the house more often if the spiders are big this year. He's a delight, eats them all, has never once brought me his biggest offering as a "present".

MistressDeeCee Wed 16-Apr-14 22:32:08

I hate spiders. Even typing the word freaks me out. I know they are useful insects and harmless, but still. Anything where I can't see facial features gives me the creeps. Or maybe it would be worse if I could make out their little faces. I don't know. I still don't like to kill them. I just hate that when I see them, its always when Im alone in a room...never when OH or DCs are around. Cunning creatures..they're toying with me...

DD can't stand spiders. She's away at Uni in the countryside and discovered to her terror that yep, spiders are HUGE there. When I went to visit there were loads of them on the staircase windows. Just there. Chilling. I bought her some spider repellent spray from Ebay to spray on windows/ledges etc and it seems to have worked. So far. I know they'll still find a way....

justmuddlingalong Wed 16-Apr-14 22:27:19

Ours have tattoos! grin

Fortysomethingwinelover Wed 16-Apr-14 22:25:19

They are bigger this year. I normally find after a warm summer and mild winter they're huge. I'm not a fan of spiders. They tend to appear when I'm in the house alone, flex their muscles and stomp across the floor reducing me to a quivering wreck.

SourSweets Wed 16-Apr-14 22:24:36

Get a cat. Mine eats all spiders and flies and bugs and mice in the house. I love him.

Thanks for reminding me about the small wispy one above where I have been sitting, i have now moved safely to the other end of the sofa grin.

I need to go in the loft tomorrow and I am shitting it. I opened the hatch today, pulled out the ladder and had a bang about, to give them a warning that I would be coming up soon! There was a dead beast still in the trap, and another dried up dead one inside the pull-down hatch, I can't get it out. They have been there since last year I think. They were massive.

There was one in our driveway a couple of weeks ago, I ran it over with the car as I pulled in because it was that big I could see it from the road. DH reversed over it again just to make sure

VelvetSpoon Wed 16-Apr-14 22:19:04

oh good god, isnt it too early for spiders? <shivers>

I keep finding webs all over my house, I suspect there are LOADS lurking. Will try not to think about that fact too much, as anything bigger than a 50p (including legs) makes me want to cry!

deakymom Wed 16-Apr-14 22:17:02

mild winter spider summer im spraying the weekend leaving the house for a week and expect to come home to corpses

justmuddlingalong Wed 16-Apr-14 22:17:00

Has anyone tried having conkers in the house to repel spiders, does it work?

justmuddlingalong Wed 16-Apr-14 22:15:38

Has been exceptionally mild this year, so must be. Oh joy. shock

gordyslovesheep Wed 16-Apr-14 22:15:03

YANBU spiders are evil

catsofa Wed 16-Apr-14 22:13:54

I love spiders, especially big ones. I hurt one unintentionally in the garden today and was so sad. My neighbours call me to come and remove them if they find them in their houses because they're so scared of them but I just don't get it, they are lovely.

Mice OTOH I am completely terrified of shock Actual involuntary screams and everything.

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