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To leave the spider alone?

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WalrusGumboot Sat 20-Aug-16 22:53:54

Not too small spider ran across our bedroom wall and disappeared behind the bedside cabinet (my side) before dp could get a jug and piece of paper to catch it. Dp is now pissed off because I don't want it all pulled out and the spider escorted off the premises. I'm feeding the baby and trying to get her off to sleep and it would probably be a futile exercise anyway.

<waits for someone to suggest burning the house down>

CruCru Sat 20-Aug-16 22:55:21

Spiders kill flies and mosquitos, therefore slowing the spread of disease. They are a force for good. Leave the spider alone.

WorraLiberty Sat 20-Aug-16 22:56:21

I'd leave it too. It's probably been there for ages.

Mind you knowing about it, would make me itchy grin

WalrusGumboot Sat 20-Aug-16 23:01:18

Yeh I do keep looking over my shoulder hoping not to see movement grin

Dp reckons it would have been much quicker to splat it, but he knows I don't allow wanton murder in this house unless the cats get there first.

MyCatsHateMLMtoo Sat 20-Aug-16 23:09:28

OP, thank you for not providing a photo, shudder. Last night I was on the loo and a large spider ran past into the corner. I threw a book on it and, with a tissue, put it down the loo. I went downstairs, sat down and a large spider ran across the carpet. I threw another book at it, and put it in the bin. Going back up to the bathroom a bit later to brush teeth etc., yet another big spider ran across the room! Used a book to squash it and down the loo it went.

However, on going to bed I was paranoid about where the next spider would come from. Is it the season for the buggers, they scare the life out of me when they scurry across the floor OR BED shock.

I apologise for killing them, but really I didn't want to move out to the car to sleep grin. I reckon there are many, many more outside waiting to come in... my cats don't eat spiders, sadly.

Oysterbabe Sat 20-Aug-16 23:12:32

I would never sleep again.

WalrusGumboot Sat 20-Aug-16 23:12:41

Wow MyCats I am more impressed by the number of books you have to hand in your house than I am dismayed at the spider slaughter.

Lights out here soon so I can stop glancing about for all those legs...

mirime Sat 20-Aug-16 23:14:56

Leave it. I've never escorted a spider off the premises, DS even insists I name them now.

MadeForThis Sat 20-Aug-16 23:18:47

I'd would move house. I can't even type the s word. Couldn't kill one. Would be scared to get that close. Eeewww

TheRealAdaLovelace Sat 20-Aug-16 23:20:47

OP YANBU - not sure what the problem with spiders is, honestly.
they have such pretty little faces.

OoerBlah Sat 20-Aug-16 23:21:48

Leave it. People who kill spiders just because are cunts. Look at the size of it! It's not a saver toothed tiger and you don't live in Australia so it's not going to kill you.

Ameliablue Sat 20-Aug-16 23:21:57

Why would you chase a spider unless some in the house is phobic.?

WalrusGumboot Sat 20-Aug-16 23:22:34

Glad to see the spider love on here. They usually get short shrift on MN ime.

OoerBlah Sat 20-Aug-16 23:22:35

Sabre, ffs. Typo

WalrusGumboot Sat 20-Aug-16 23:23:45

Amelia, not phobic but I don't want to find it floating in my glass of water in the morning.

IndianaJone Sat 20-Aug-16 23:24:31

Walrusgrin Another one impressed with the number of books within easy reach of Mycats.

Don't kill spiders. They are harmless and an important part of nature. Creepy though but still.

Oysterbabe Sat 20-Aug-16 23:34:50

The "just leave them alone" people really underestimate how badly some are effected by arachnophobia. I'm scared of them but retain enough composure to be able to walk away and find someone to remove it. My mum becomes absolutely hysterical, screams and screams. I've seen her throw a boiling hot coffee that was in her hands over herself, faint through hyperventilation. She's otherwise the most calm and rational person you could hope to meet. If a spider is near her the reaction is pure terror which she is completely unable to control.

Okkitokkiunga Sat 20-Aug-16 23:36:08

I let the spiders roam in my house. DH does escort them out to the garden though as he's not so keen. I'd rather have spiders than flies and mozzies!! I'm thinking about getting a pet tarantula grin

Okkitokkiunga Sat 20-Aug-16 23:38:15

What is it about Spiders that are scary? Is it their legs, the way they move or what? I'm only scared of poisonous ones or ones I haven't a clue what they are.

Sorry if that doesn't sound very sympathetic but I would genuinely like to know.

WorraLiberty Sat 20-Aug-16 23:40:34

However, on going to bed I was paranoid about where the next spider would come from.

I thought you were going to say, 'Upon going to bed I realised I'd run out of books to read' grin

Oysterbabe Sat 20-Aug-16 23:41:04


TheFirie Sat 20-Aug-16 23:42:50

I am in Australia and I have to confess I kill them all without mercy. I usually suck them in my very powerful vacuum cleaner, mainly to avoid the mess on the wall. Some spiders here are as big as a dessert plate, others are very venomous .
So the trick is suck, unplug, spray insecticide in the tube, duct tape (because I have heard that sometimes they come out, so I go for the double kill), smile and wine.

WorraLiberty Sat 20-Aug-16 23:44:44

I don't like spiders. It's something about the way they scuttle and they have far too many legs for my liking.

However, I really don't understand people who fear them so much they can't force themselves to catch them in a glass and throw them out the door.

When I say I don't understand it, what I actually mean is I don't understand why the majority of people I know, don't actually do something about their fear, instead of relying on their DP or someone else all the time.

Also, a lot of people I know (strangely, mostly female) pass that fear onto their kids.

IndianaJone Sat 20-Aug-16 23:45:19

Oyster op doesn't seem as scared as what you describe but I know what you mean. My sisters are that scared. One once evacuated her house and sat in a cafe for a couple of hours until our cousins from the next town came to take the spider out. The other one camped in her kitchen for 7 days because she saw one in her bedroom (shared student housing so other rooms were in use) . So a real fear for them and I do get it but op doesn't seem to be like this.

Nedisabloodydonkey Sat 20-Aug-16 23:52:21

Leave it.

The only time a spider freaked me out was when it was so big I HEARD it scuttle across the floorconfused

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