The correct way to react to a spider on your shoulder

  1. I live in the countryside and my house gets cellar spiders fairly frequently - not a lot you can do when your house is next to active farms unfortunately! We don’t have much clutter so they can’t hide there but if the windows are open then it’s fair game.

  2. I have a few Pholcidae in my flat for this very reason. Every so often I find a bound up body of a bigger spider under the sofa or behind the blinds. The only time I put them out is if there's a female with an egg sack, or for some reason they've multiplied like rabbits.

  3. I had no idea that they kill and eat house spiders! We've got loads of cellar spiders in our house and I always leave them alone if I can but I'll definitely look out for them and keep them safe now that I know they do that.

  4. Totally feel you! As a kid (and adult) I hated touching insects. I'd never dream of letting an insect walk on my hand. But now I have a kid who is exploring what he can find in the garden. He picks up bugs and asks me to hold them, I just do it. I'll deal with the PTSD in my own time!

  5. As a 2-3 year old my now-9 year old used to enjoy tormenting me with spiders as he knew I was terrified with them. By the time he was 5 he was scared of them too.

  6. I took out the bins at night, felt a spiderweb as i walked through it and thought, wow hopefully there wasnt a spider in there. After I got inside I felt something crawling up my neck on my adams apple

  7. One time a spider crawled across my arm in the middle of the night, I didn't have time to think, I grabbed it and squished it. I dropped its broken body to floor and just stared at it in the moonlight coming in my bedroom window. I've never felt such remorse. It was a defining moment for me.

  8. I used to live in the UK and the best thing about moving out of that country was to get away from these fucks. Biggest spiders I've had to deal with in northern USA are pholcidae and they don't really bother me.

  9. They aren't that bad really. They're only about the size of a 2 pound coin and most houses you only see 1 or 2 a year, and that's only when they're moving from hiding spot to hiding spot. If you keep your place clean and free from other bugs they don't stick around for very long.

  10. Just put your hand in front of it, it will climb onto your hand, move it somewhere else. Recently had a similar situation having a spider crawl into my leg from underneath the seat in the waiting room at my GP.

  11. I think this roughly translates to English as (and I'm paraphrasing here) freak out swipe at it aggressively burn down your house next have a bath in some harmful chemicals to ensure it hasn't stayed on you somewhere you can't see.

  12. Flapping around only makes wasps more likely to sting you though. Being calm is the way to go. I've actually managed to pick up a wasp with my hand and take it to the window.

  13. I saw this massive fucking spider on my stairs when I was a kid. I screamed and then it went under the carpet on the stairs. We then covered all the openings and stuff on the stairs with duct tape

  14. Ok so can someone tell me where in the world there is the least amount of spiders or no spiders at all, I’d like to know since I might move there one day

  15. I had one about this big run from my shoulder across my bare chest in the middle of the night. Many curses were shouted that night.

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