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.