Friday, August 13, 2010

The Spider Hunter

Isn't this a cute little guy?  He's a Spectacled Spiderhunter, and I could totally use him right now.  Unfortunately, he lives in Malaysia.

Last night as Ed and I were discussing the latest episode of Project Runway, THE BIGGEST SPIDER WE HAD EVER SEEN scittered across the living room floor and under our couch.  I, typically being un-spooked by spiders, am the designated spider killer in our house, but this one even had me cringing.  I armed myself with ant and roach spray (the closest thing we had to spider spray) and a giant wad of paper towels, and carefully tipped the couch forward.  People sometimes tend to exaggerate when it comes to the size of a spider.  This was not the case.  It had to be 3" or more across.  I should know, I got a very good look before spraying, squishing, and flushing him.  I know spiders can be good, they eat bad bugs, etc. but I do not like to share my living space with them.  He had to go.

I am not a big fan of using so many nasty chemical things in my house, especially because of Dottie.  I have done  a bit of research and plan to go on a natural spider-deterring spree.  Armed with essential oils, a spray bottle and the vaccuum cleaner, I SHALL defeat the freakish 3" spiders.  If anyone has more suggestions, I am all ears and willing to try anything.


  1. I still vote for burning down the entire apartment complex. There HAS GOT TO be a hive of those.... THINGS somewhere.

    I swear we're going to wake up dead some morning.

  2. I just had a huge spider like that in my house recently. It was in a corner by the ceiling, so I didn't bother it, even though it freaked me out. Then it followed me into my studio and sat above my computer watching me. I didn't sleep very well that night.

  3. Oh my gosh! How creepy. I don't think I would have slept very well either. I don't really like to kill them, but Dottie was especially curious about this one(possibly due to its GIANT size). I'm always afraid she's going to mess with the wrong spider and get bitten by something poisonous. I'd rather just make my apartment a very unappealing place for them so they stay away altogether!