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Hey all...

So this was a very scary thing for me. I was sitting outside in front watching the girls go potty, reading the mail. I sit in a wooden lawn chair that I normally fold up and put by the house when I'm not out there... the girls of course come by and jump up and down from time to time especially when they are ready to go in.

Anyway.. I'm putting the chair away, and I thought I saw something move, I noticed a thick web.. turned the chair a bit and saw a black widow.. I've never seen one before, but there was no mistaking this one...

I actually captured it in a jar.. then found out they are pretty common here.

Called the vet and the dr. they told me I would see a wound, and the girls would probably not be bitten because of their long hair, but just keep an eye on them and if they act weird, take them to the ER.

Eitehr way... very scary...

Calling the exterminators tomorrow.
 

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That is scary! Spiders gross me out!
My sister lives in OK and the house they moved into has brown recluse really bad. They have had exterminators come to control them...but they are still there. They have two tiny chihuahuas and a 2 year old and a new baby yesterday.
They have learned to live with them...look for them etc. I would have to move/burn the house down. YUCK!

At least you or the dogs weren't bitten.
Good luck! Keep your eyes open!
 

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Originally posted by Mystify79@Sep 29 2004, 07:38 AM
Spiders freak me out too.. They seem to be really common in Texas, around Lubbock we have LOTS of problems with the Brown Recluse.  Luckily (if you can call it lucky), the only spiders we've seen around here are wolf spiders, which are super scary looking but not poisonous.  Yuck, just talking about spiders gives me the heebie jeebies.  :wacko:
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Yuck! We had those wolf spiders in OK too when I lived at home.
We were in a neighborhood...but in the boonies...so they would frequently show up on our porch or in our garage. They look like tarantulas...blech!!!!! I have the willies now!!!!

We have some spiders that live in our shed. I am not sure what kind they are b/c I do not get that close! There are LOTS of them...and all the same kind...they are everywhere! Hubby knows that I do NOT enter the shed....not sure where they are and where they are going to come out of. My grandmother says the way I describe them, that they sound like brown recluse b/c they leave their skelatons around and don't really make all that much web. I don't take any chances.

In the house, we have the pest people come quarterly for a very minimal fee. It helps take care of ants, spiders and any other "pests" that may decide to visit. They also take care of fleas for free if we have problems in between our quarterly sprays. I like it b/c they spray inside and along the outside of the house...gives me some peace of mind anyway.

Black widows usually live outside don't they? Like glamourdog found them...on porches and stuff? I have never seen one in person.
 

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i found a black widow IN the house like a year ago(when we lived in a townhome) and i found a black widow on my moms sliding door like 5 months ago. i hate it. and also i hate mosquitos. and the whole idea of west nile virus freaks me out too.

OH, and just last week, my mom was walking sprite, and sprite stopped to smell something and my mom was talking to cynthia---cynthia looks down...it turned out to be a RATTLESNAKE! i would've freaked. it started moving its tail and sprite wanted to attack it. so they're not allowed by that area anymore(thank god it wasnt the backyard).
 

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A BLACK WIDOW...I would have freaked out. How scary!!! I'm so glad you and the girls are ok. I got bitten by a spider in San Fransisco about 2 years ago. They don't know what kind of spider it was but it started out like a little pimple and then I had an infection in my entire leg (I was bitten in the knee). It was disgusting. I had to miss work due to the infection. I can't imagine if it would have been a poisonous one.
 

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Originally posted by mylittlebella@Sep 29 2004, 09:53 AM
A BLACK WIDOW...I would have freaked out.  How scary!!!  I'm so glad you and the girls are ok.  I got bitten by a spider in San Fransisco about 2 years ago.  They don't know what kind of spider it was but it started out like a little pimple and then I had an infection in my entire leg (I was bitten in the knee).  It was disgusting.  I had to miss work due to the infection.  I can't imagine if it would have been a poisonous one.
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that sounds sorda like a brown recluse bite.
 

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:eek: Talking about spiders jinxed me because I just killed a daddy long legs in the bedroom.. YUCK! I'm highly allergic to insect and spider bites and every time I've had one it became a huge horrible infection and all yucky, I've almost always had to go to the doctor to get some kind of shot to make the swelling go down. Now I'm all freaked out about spiders :wacko:
 

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When ever Daezie and Maya find a spider in the house they always play with it. one time i found them playing with a wolf spider and the spider was missing 2 legs from one side of its body. Maya and Daezie, with their buts up in the air, kept starring at the spider just waiting for it to move and paw it. I thought I was kind of funny-- now I have to be very careful since i know they like to make friends with insects. :lol:
 

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Originally posted by Mystify79@Sep 29 2004, 11:19 AM
:eek:  Talking about spiders jinxed me because I just killed a daddy long legs in the bedroom.. YUCK!  I'm highly allergic to insect and spider bites and every time I've had one it became a huge horrible infection and all yucky, I've almost always had to go to the doctor to get some kind of shot to make the swelling go down.  Now I'm all freaked out about spiders  :wacko:
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If it makes you feel any better..I don't think daddy long legs are really spiders...heard that somewhere...BUT-they are supposedly the most poisonous insect bite there is...BUT...they cannot bite you b/c their mouths are so teeny tiny.
 

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I forgot what the name of these spiders are, but they have that fiddle on their backs. EWWWW. I can see it's web outside my kitchen window. My bf killed one, and then saw another one in the same spot! My dog likes to nibble on bugs too. YUCKI! I don't want kisses after that!
 

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Originally posted by tlunn@Sep 29 2004, 12:40 PM
If it makes you feel any better..I don't think daddy long legs are really spiders...heard that somewhere...BUT-they are supposedly the most poisonous insect bite there is...BUT...they cannot bite you b/c their mouths are so teeny tiny.
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I heard that on Myth Busters. I can't remember if it was true or not.
 

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Originally posted by Nichole@Sep 29 2004, 12:08 PM
Okay all this talk give me the willies.  You know though, everyone always complains about the north and who would want to live in the north 'cause it is too freakin' cold and blah, blah, blah...  Well, let me say this as a positive to the north.  We have none of that stuff! 
  We have gardner snakes, which aren't poisonious (of course they still scare the sh*t out of me!), we have brown recluses and black widows, but it is RARE to see one (no one in my family or no one I know has ever seen one).  The only kind of spiders we have are those "invisible" spiders.  I don't know what to call them--common household spider?  The ones that are so small and thin they are almost invisible.  We have nothing poisonious that lives in this area--thank goodness!  We do have terrible mosquitos, but we have bat houses all over our yard to help control the population.  They do a pretty good job. 

Cathy, I know Wet Nile is a scary thing, BUT (and here is the good part) most people bitten by a mosquito that has it will never even know it.  I think the percentage of becoming sick is SO LOW!  I think it is less then 3%.  I think the only way you get sick is if you are a child, elderly or have a weakened immune system.  And even then your chance is still pretty low.

The only thing we worry about is tornados in the spring time and even then they don't usually hit where I live.  We also have a bad ant population, but my dad buys this stuff from Sam's and we sprinkle it around the outside of the house.  It works miracles.  We were having Orkin come out every other month and the prices were sky high.  So my dad was like, "Let's give this stuff a try."  WOW!  It really kills off the ants and it helps with the spiders too.  Now we only sprinkle this stuff once or twice a year.  We just have to be careful not to let the dogs step in it for the first week or so.

I always tell my mom that I am never moving 'cause I couldn't handle the "outside" world of any other place.  :lol:
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Isn't the midwest great! I hate spiders but if I'm the only one around I can eventually get up the courage to kill them. Luckily we only have small harmless ones around. Otherwise I'd be screwed! I'd have to go knocking on my neighbors' doors to find someone to kill it. The only wild snake I've ever seen is a gardner snake, but that was once when we were out in the woods. As for tornados, I've never been in one. There have been some with in 50 miles of me but I think I've only had to go in the basement maybe 5 times in my life.
 

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Originally posted by ButterCloudandNoriko@Sep 29 2004, 01:01 PM
I forgot what the name of these spiders are, but they have that fiddle on their backs.  EWWWW.  I can see it's web outside my kitchen window.  My bf killed one, and then saw another one in the same spot!  My dog likes to nibble on bugs too.  YUCKI!  I don't want kisses after that!
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:eek: The ones with the fiddle on their backs are Brown Recluse so be extra super careful around those.. their bite is really bad and can cause the flesh around the bite to start to decay and make a pit around the bite, they are super poisonous.
 

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I just looked the daddy long legs online and here's what I found

The Daddy long-legs spider, also called the cellar spider or house spider, is a true spider and not a harvestman. Daddy longlegs is a name that is used for several unrelated arthropods with extremely long and thin legs, including these spiders, the harvestmen and tipulid crane flies.[/B]
There is an urban legend stating that this family of spider is extremely venomous to humans. Although there is no conclusive proof of this, the venom of the Pholcidae has been found to cause severe neurological problems in lab mice. In 2001/2, Discovery Channel's Mythbusters set out to test this myth and, on mice tests, Blackwidow venom was significantly more toxic. One of the show's hosts was bitten, and the bite produced little more then a mild shortlived burning sensation.

Retrieved from "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daddy_long-legs_spider"[/B]
 

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ahhhh spiders. I wanted to share a bit of info with you all about the black widow. I am an Animal Planet freak...and love watching Venom ER. They talked about black widow bites. You WILL get sick from it but it WON'T kill you. It's teeth or whatever it injects it's venom w/ is not long enough to penetrate your skin far enough to inject a large amount...now aren't you just feeling much better now?




They ARE here in Indiana b/c my son's scout troupe went to Camp Maumee and one of the boys had one in their cot! I hate spiders as well....oh oh I forgot to mention One of the scout boys told me that daddy long legs are NOT true spiders b/c TWO of their legs aren't really "legs" they are feelers for food...*shrug shoulders*...interesting eh?
 

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Originally posted by Triste@Sep 29 2004, 07:04 PM
They ARE here in Indiana b/c my son's scout troupe went to Camp Maumee and one of the boys had one in their cot! I hate spiders as well....oh oh I forgot to mention One of the scout boys told me that daddy long legs are NOT true spiders b/c TWO of their legs aren't really "legs" they are feelers for food...*shrug shoulders*...interesting eh?

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That it what I thought I had heard...but Mystify's information dis-proved that...LOL...

Anyway...they all gros me out and give me the heebie jeebies!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :ph34r:
 
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