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Old 10-08-2003, 07:34 AM
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Time to take a breath

You folks in the north don't really have this problem but the ones in the south can really relate to this. I just got off duty this morning and wanted to get an early start in the shop about 8:00. Well tomorrow is trash day and I was cleaning the shop up a little before starting. In the corner I had a set of jack stands I picked one up holding it in one hand and moving some stuff with the other. I felt something funny on my hand that had the jack stand. I looked and on the back of my hand was a da** freakin' huge Black Widow spider. After I got myself off the ceiling I checked and rechecked and was not bit. Found that sucker and made it a dead widow. The heart rate is almost back to normal now> I think the rod will wait while I very carefully clean the shop and check for more.

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Old 10-08-2003, 09:01 AM
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We've got black widows, scorpions, centipedes and rattlesnakes. The bottoms of my shoes are not pretty.
Glad you kept your cool...kinda... and "dispatched" the spider to her just reward.

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Old 10-08-2003, 12:39 PM
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I have them all over my shop. I usually set off a bomb once in a while to this them out. My trucks have nest all underneath them. Kindof gives you the willies when you reach through a beb accidentally.

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Old 10-08-2003, 01:48 PM
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Three more

While I took the time to clean the shop a little, mostly in the corners, under the benches and stuff. I found three more of them little suckers. The world population is lowered by 4. From now on I look alot closer to things before I pick them up.
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Old 10-08-2003, 02:56 PM
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Old 10-08-2003, 10:27 PM
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we have all kinds of spiders and such over here. we have 55 acres in Honey Grove TX too, and every time i go up there just about i get bit by one of those huge garden spiders with the yellow legs. they are everywhere. i guess there not poisonous because i'm not dead yet, but it is very annoying. leaves a blister full of fluids and itches. kinda used to it now.
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Old 10-09-2003, 12:04 AM
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Around here we have a problem with "fiddle back" spiders,commonly known as the brown recluse.

I am constantly treating my shop with insecticides because they seem to love hiding in there.I have never been bitten but I still worry.

I hate these little suckers and the following link is why.(warning:graphic images!)

http://www.budgetpestcontrol.com/brownreclues.htm
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Old 10-09-2003, 01:01 AM
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Out here we have black widows, scorpions, rattlesnakes, tarantulas, and an occasional coyote. Haven't been bitten by anything yet, but you gotta be careful.

The wife was digging in the garden one day and stood up. As she turned around, she kicked a little gravel into a rattlesnake's face. She hovered into the house and the snake hauled tuchus in the opposite direction.

Don't ask me why, but she called me at work to tell me about the snake. I told her that I was at least 40 miles away, and the best I could do was call in an air strike. She calmed down and bought a .22, which she has loaded with shot shells, the next day.
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Old 10-09-2003, 01:06 AM
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Well, thank god we don't have them bugs running around. I'm not a big fan of spiders and such. If I actually saw a scorpion I'd probably die on the spot. We got other problems, Polar Bears , Albertans...


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Old 10-09-2003, 01:37 AM
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blech. I got stung by a scorpion once, I was in middle school on a trip and I had my shoes off, and was walking around our cabin.......and all of a sudden my right leg felt like it was on fire, and I started hollering and screaming, my foot swelled up so big I couldn't wear my shoe, and missed the next few days of school hehe, may have gotten me out of school a few days but I'd rather NOT go through that again
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Old 10-09-2003, 03:20 AM
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We have Rattle snakes, copper heads, coral snakes, cotton mouths, widow womens (black widow as my father calls them) brown recluses and scorpions. I`ve only been stung by a scorpion, I was around 11 and was at school when i got tagged, we had our shoes off in the field doing something i don`t recall, and I felt the same thing, felt like fire going up my leg, it swelled and they called my father and my own principle took me to the hospitol, they gave me some kind of shots, and some other stuff and sent me home. Never been tagged by any widow womens or recluses that i know of, have had a few spider bites but not sure by which, usually, I find them here under the ramps, gotta do a oil change, flip the ramps first, usually find 1 in each. but since i`ve lived here all my life, I`m always checking anything that`s set a while, when i almost got bit years ago when i picked up a fuel pump and a widow woman came out of it and was on my fingers, it taught me a lesson i never forgot.
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One of my lifelong goals is to sucessfully shoot a spider out of his web with a BB gun leaging nothing but 8 little twitchers.



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One of my lifelong goals is to sucessfully shoot a spider out of his web with a BB gun leaging nothing but 8 little twitchers.



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i did that last weekend with my .44 desert eagle, but there was nothing left.
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Old 10-09-2003, 08:55 PM
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If you find a cool looking spider thats dead but not squashed, send it to me, widows, banana, anything of good visual size with a cool look or pattern to it, scorpians are welcome too. I use them, I make them into stuff, I like them. I can usually find a few bunches in cable boxes (outdoors) telephone boxes, under tires ect, but this year it has been slim pickings, seems the cable and telephone guys are cleaning house. Found more hornets than anything, you can keep those if you've got them, I don't want them.

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Old 10-10-2003, 08:01 AM
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Ewwwww spiders......

Well, now I have the creepy crawlies. Thanks guys. This is all I need to start my day, now I'm gonna feel stuff crawling on me all day. Yechh!! Sure glad the subzero temperatures kill that kind of thing off before they get too far over the Canada/US border.
Bonuts, I can relate to the bear problem though, but we have black bears. One day when we still lived in the "wilderness" (really, we did, we had 160 acres about an hour north of the 'Peg) nothin' but bush as far as the eye could see. Darn I miss that place. But I digress......
I walked out my back door only to find a REALLY big Mama bear teaching her two cubs how to climb the tall pine trees in my back yard. Needless to say I backed slowly and carefully back into the house and called the appropriate authorities. Then I loaded the .22 and shot her in the a**. She didn't come back for a whole week, but the next time we had to use the rifle. She didn't come back again! Boooyaaa!!!

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