Wednesday, September 17, 2008

There's a hobo in my house

cimg7496, originally uploaded by beau.raines.

Nope, not some bum, but a spider. And its big too.

The kids found this spider in the house and cornered it. Heather was pretty sure it was a hobo spider and she was right (Beastie Boys reference) and was keeping the dog from eating (or trying) it.

I caught it under a pint glass and when it's legs were fully splayed out, they barely fit underneath it. I then slid a piece of cardstock underneath it.

I really didn't want to deal with it right away. I hate spiders. And snakes. But the younger kids were gone, so the risk of the glass getting kicked over and the spider escaping were small.

So, while I finished up what I was doing (and did some research), Kid 1 took some pictures of the spider.

The Brave Photographer

Heather instructed me to not let the spider loose in our backyard, so I gingerly picked up the cardstock, pint glass and spider, but the cardstock was bending too much! I was afraid that it would scitter out the gap and bite my hand, arm, leg, face, etc.

So, I gingerly transferred the cardstock, pint glass and spider to a cookie sheet and headed out the door. I walked down the middle of the street (more room to jump to either side, in case the spider escaped) mumbling too myself how much I hated spiders.

I walked around the corner and down to the big street, across the big street to the green space (which is soon to be new homes). I went 820 feet (I measured in Google Maps) and with two streets to cross, those should pose sufficient obstacles to its return.

Practicing benevolence, I didn't kill it.

I hope it doesn't come back and bite me.


Anonymous said...

You're a good man.

They make 'em big here too. A hand span across. I have a huge bruise on my hand and found out yesterday at the doctor that it is indeed a spider bite.


Unknown said...

ugh. I have rubbed off too much on you.

Poisonous spiders that can cause scarring, necrosis for 3 months to 2 years depending where they bite, and act like they have rabies they are so aggressive are NOT worthy of practiced benevolence.

Yes, this coming from the women who released baby mice from her roommates' glue traps at churches and grocery stores in college.

But poison spiders? Fuck 'em. Flush 'em. smash 'em. Burn 'em for all I care. These spiders like to hide in shoes and pile of laundry and something tells me that we are the perfect match.

So for god sakes, stop leaving windows open and repair screens because my skin has been crawling for the last 9 hours and I can't sleep. Keep dreaming of crazy spiders and my betraying bitch of a friend and I am not certain which is worse.

Anonymous said...

OMFG. Those spiders JUMP! EWWWW!!!! Have you seen how they JUMP?!?!

Melissa said...

Yuck!!!! I would have put it down on the sidewalk and stepped down on it!!!!! I HATE SPIDERS!!!!!!!!!!!

Beau said...

It was an aggressive spider, yes. Mean and ornery.

But it was big. Had I stepped on it, its legs would have surely come out from under my foot!

Molly said...

ok so those little friends of your are NOT welcome in my house....please leave them far far away. thanks

Beau said...

Molly For a minute, I thought you were talking about my kids!

Anonymous said...

I've taken out black widow spiders to about a 1/4 mile away and next morning found with a new web right in the exact same my house. LOL!!!