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Kim Smith said he and his Akron-area family have stopped using their front door because an unusual super-spider has settled in on their front porch.

http://www.newsnet5.com/news/9837542/detail.html

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We have several of those around the house, including one right in front of the dining room window.

The photo doesn't do them justice, they are really a beautiful spider.

More info.

ETA: Link added.

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This just struck me as really funny:

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Smith said the family is trying not to disturb their visitor. Plus, he said, spiders give him the "heebie-jeebies."


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Yeah, I'd have to move.
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I haven't used my grill ever since a largish spider made my porch light his home in late July. As much as I dislike spiders, I have to admit he's done a great job keeping the moths (and probably other spiders) away. We've come to an agreement, he doesn't come inside or touch me on the rare occasions I do go out there and I don't empty a can of raid on him. I can't wait for the cold weather though.
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quote:
Originally posted by RLobinske:
We have several of those around the house, including one right in front of the dining room window.

Good job, R. [Wink] We've got enough people moving into Florida as it is. We need to keep remind everyone about our spiders and giant cockroaches and palmetto bugs, so they'll stay up yonder where it's safe. [Big Grin]

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Originally posted by Hubert Cumberdale:
I haven't used my grill ever since a largish spider made my porch light his home in late July. As much as I dislike spiders, I have to admit he's done a great job keeping the moths (and probably other spiders) away. We've come to an agreement, he doesn't come inside or touch me on the rare occasions I do go out there and I don't empty a can of raid on him. I can't wait for the cold weather though.

I have come to a similar agreement with spiders in my house. If I see them and can kill them I will. If not then they get to live. It doesn't help that my wife is terrified of them.

I've also got this possum that I might have to come to an agreement with...

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She looks kinda like the Banana Spinders from home. I always loved those things, even when I ran into their webs while running through the swamps and they bit the fire out of me.

They ARE lovely spiders.

ETA: Bless google. They ARE Banana Spiders. All these years, I though that was their common name. Huh. Wonder why the Golden Silk thing never stuck.

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I'm sorry...why is this news?

SO won't use the front door at all if there any any spiders anywhere - no matter the size. In fact, he won't use the shower if there's a spider in it until I come kill or otherwise remove said spider.

Apparently spiders are like gremlins. Water makes them grow. And angry. Then they'll chase you. With a...bat...or something.

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Wow, that's a cool spider. But I like spiders; they are cool creatures. I never kill them and I have finally trained my husband not to kill them, either. We have several big ones (though not nearly 6 inches!) on our porch, and I toss them a moth every once in a while.

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This motivated me to find out what the very large (IMO) spider on the guest bedroom window was. Turns out it's an argiope: http://home.att.net/~larvalbugrex/argiope.html And she was doing exactly what I suspected with that young male spider last month (SO insisted she was eating him).

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quote:
Originally posted by Chloe:
This motivated me to find out what the very large (IMO) spider on the guest bedroom window was. Turns out it's an argiope: http://home.att.net/~larvalbugrex/argiope.html And she was doing exactly what I suspected with that young male spider last month (SO insisted she was eating him).

We called those garden spiders.

Jeeze. I don't know if my folks taught me the right name for anything.

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quote:
Originally posted by Ryda Wong:
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Originally posted by Chloe:
This motivated me to find out what the very large (IMO) spider on the guest bedroom window was. Turns out it's an argiope: http://home.att.net/~larvalbugrex/argiope.html And she was doing exactly what I suspected with that young male spider last month (SO insisted she was eating him).

We called those garden spiders.

Jeeze. I don't know if my folks taught me the right name for anything.

I've got a gorgeous argiope on one side of my pond canopy - she's picked a perfect spot to catch all the bugs that are attracted to the water. I love these spiders - they are stunning plus they build the classic spider web!

I've heard them called garden spiders, and holy *#@$ as well by various people. [Big Grin] I had been referring to them as orb weavers, but they are really in a subcategory of that group.

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A giant spider would probably not only prevent me from using my front porch, but also probably my house!

I'm fascinated by spiders... from a distance.

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Originally posted by frogpond:
I've heard them called garden spiders, and holy *#@$ as well by various people.

[Big Grin]

There was one living for a season behind our trailer when I was a kid. My bro and I started giving her small grasshoppers and insects, and she got to where, I swear to god, she would vibrate in her web when she "heard" our footsteps. Not my mom's, not my dad's. Ours.

She was awesome. We also observed her offspring emerging and dispersing. Too cool.

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we had a very large yellow orb spider on our porch last year- she stayed for about a month-this year we had another large spider, but we still used the door--the wasps scare me a lot more than any spider

http://www.mdc.mo.gov/nathis/arthopo/mospider/images/spider4.jpg

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We get quite a few Wolf Spiders around here. Last week we found a dead one on the patio and DD took it to school. They freak me out because they're huge and hairy with intelligent-looking little eyes and big fangs. Once I found one the size of my open hand. They also fascinate me because the females carry their egg sacs around with them and can be very aggressive when defending them. They also carry their babies on their backs for quite awhile. Very cool to have around, and not particularly poisonous. The second pic on the link looks more like the stocky ones we have around here.
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I like spiders a lot, but for some reason they creep me out if in the bathroom and really creep me out if in the bathtub. So I have an agreement with the spiders in my home-- they can live anywhere outside the bathroom undisturbed. Spiders in the bathtub are killed immediately. Spiders in the bathroom, but outside the bathtub are given a three-day notice. After three days, they are ushered out (or killed if they are not easily ushered). If at any time they move into the bathtub, they waive their 3-day grace period and are killed immediately.

I know it's irrational, but that is my policy.
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My dad worked for the cable company up until a few years ago when he retired. There were several buildings with satellites and cable receivers that he'd have to travel around to--this was all part of his job.

One time he had to go to one that had been abandoned for quite a while and could not even get inside. Spiders had made their home there and the entire place was infested with them. This story wouldn't be so incredible if not for the fact that the radiation emitted from the devices in the building had made the spiders into mutants, ranging anywhere from 5x to 20x their original size. I guess no one believed him at first, since it does have the makings of a really cheesy horror B-movie, but then some other people went out there and saw it firsthand too.

That's pretty gross.

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quote:
Originally posted by Ryda Wong:
We called those garden spiders.

Jeeze. I don't know if my folks taught me the right name for anything.

We called them garden spiders too. That's the orb weaver I blame for scaring the bejeesus out of me as a child. If you google garden spider, you'll find out that we're not alone. It is the common garden spider.

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Else, Citizen, the spiders had the time and freedom to grow to their full maturity. The black widows I saw in California were not all that big, considering...

...considering the humongous one that we found in the garage while I was moving out! HUGE!

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Else, Citizen, the spiders had the time and freedom to grow to their full maturity. The black widows I saw in California were not all that big, considering...

...considering the humongous one that we found in the garage while I was moving out! HUGE!

I'd believe that too. I never saw these spiders and after I posted I tried searching online for anything regarding insect growth + radiation but I don't think that's something that's going to be well-documented.

We had a garden spider in my backyard when I was a kid that built its web on the 1-2' sideframe of my swingset. I was in "Charlotte's Web" fantasy mode and would occasionally talk to it. I finally got restless with it after a few weeks (maybe months, I don't remember) and destroyed half of its web with a stick. My mom has told she remembers seeing me screaming and running towards the back patio as it scattered behind me. She said it took half a can of Raid to kill it.

What's amusing to me is that I am not the least bit scared of spiders today.

I don't even think I can imagine an enormous black widow spider though. Not that I have seen many, but the ones I have seen were probably no bigger than someone's fingertip.

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I don't even know why I came into this thread, I have some serious arachnaphobia... I didn't click on the link in the OP because I was afraid there would be a picture.

All I know is if there is anything creepy-crawly around I stay away from the area so I can relate. I'm getting all itchy and I keep looking around thinking there is something near me so now that I've added my 2¢ I'm leaving before something crawls on me.

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My reaction to the OP is "Why is this a news item?"

I guess because a banana spider (as we call them here) isn't normally found up north?

Yeah, they get big, but they're quite impressive and common. We saw hundreds of them under one roof in Costa Rica. (I have to go far into the rainforest to encounter bugs that start to freak me out!)

However, I agree with Spam & Cookies that advertising our giant spiders is another good way to keep Yankees out of Florida. [Wink]

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My dad didn't want us killing spiders, especially daddy longlegs. The agreement in family is usually that if you stay up on the wall, especially above eye leve, we'll leave you alone. Come down on the floor, furniture, counter, fixtures, etc., and you're toast.

I had a wolf spider on the wall of my bedroom in the first apartment I lived in after my divorce. I went upstairs and told the maintenance man. He told me it wouldn't hurt me and I should just smush it. I went back to my apartment, but before I got the courage to face the thing, the maintenance man knocked on my door -- he'd told his wife what I'd wanted and she made him come down and kill the spider for me. [lol]

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Here in Tucson during the monsoon is when the tarantulas come out and some guests get upset when they find them wandering around the property. Some of them go practically into hysterics when we won't kill them (we move them into the brush). I think they've watched too many horror movies and think they're deadly.

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Like several others snopesters, I have a spider policy, even though I'm a total arachnophobe. If the spider is someplace that I'm not in often (like the attic, basement, etc.) it can live and spin its webs and all the good stuff; I won't bother in. If, however, it makes it's residence in a place I frequent, it's toast. Sounds fair to me [Big Grin]

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Wow, I thought I was the only one with an official Spider Policy. I guess maybe everyone has one.

I used to get completely hysterical at the sight of any spider, but then I decided that wasn't at all rational, especially since they are preferable to the bugs they kill.

Spider Policy:
Spiders may live in any room of the house except bedrooms. Spiders found in bedrooms will be put out.

Spiders residing in rooms beside the bedrooms are required to build a web and STAY IN IT at all times.

Hunting-type spiders that do not build webs (ex: wolf spiders and jumping spiders) will be put out.

Big freaky spiders of any kind will be put out.

Those found outside of their webs will be put out.

Any spider that moves too fast, gets on me, rushes toward me, or is found in a bed will be squashed (although I'll feel guilty later).

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Wow, MizzyLou, you're way more lenient in your policy than I am [Smile]

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I ususally use the catch and release policy on indoor 6-8 legged critters, until this time of year when they start coming inside in droves. Then I use the Hoover policy.

But the 4 legged critters have to deal with Miss Kitty.

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I'm all for being nice to animals, but being held hostage in their own house by an effing spider? Spray it.

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I like spiders, as long as they stay off of me and out of my house. [Big Grin] If I see any in the house, I call my dog. She thinks they're tasty...

There are a bunch of really neat spiders near the canal by my house. Mostly orb spiders but another type as well. There's a fence next to the canal and hundreds of spiders build webs there. Some of the orb spiders and webs are huge! We used to have a really large one that would build a web around our front porch or bushes every night... Unfortunately half the time it'd build across the walkway at the bottom of the front steps, bleh. I think it stayed about a month or so, but then we had the bushes cut down and never saw it again.

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quote:
Originally posted by Lainie:
My dad didn't want us killing spiders, especially daddy longlegs.

Interested to know what a daddy longlegs is in the US, in the UK it's the common name for a crane fly.

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U.S. Daddy Longlegs: http://www.wnrmag.com/stories/2000/jun00/daddy.htm

Spiders are welcome to live on my house. In the house they'd better stay mostly out of sight. Dangling on a silk rope from the ceiling gets the death penalty, as does setting up shot in a doorway that I need to get through.

Outside spiders can do whatever they want, though building a web too close to the ground is not wise. Chances are, Mr. T, the hunter cat will kill and eat it. On Sunday, he killed a bird, a groud mole, a praying mantis and lord knows what else. I honestly think he may have stopped eating cat food entirely. His brother Zark, OTOH, never kills anything. He'll playfull chose a butterfly, but he doesn't seem to have the desire, will, or even ability to actually take another creature out.

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Chalk me up as another Floridian saying, "this is news?" That's just a banana spider - pretty, common, and harmless. There's been at least a dozen on my mom's front porch over the course of this summer.

Now, I'll admit that when you're tromping through the woods in the middle of the night and run face first into one of their massive webs, it can be a scary moment. But to be afraid to use the front door? Stay up north, family.

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