After both my mother and I getting bit by brown recluses, I kill them whatever way possible. Sorry spider lovers, I’m usually a “do the humane thing” kind of person too but after watching your mother have muscle and skin graphs done on her leg because the tissue was dieing I just can’t take the chance. Now if it is obviously not a brown recluse I will take it outside….but if Im not sure. Squish.

–RoseNRiver0523 (at the bottom of page 2)


I have never been bitten by a brown recluse or black widow, but I have gotten spider bites. More often than not, my arm swelled up, and the first time it happened (when I didn’t know it was a spider bite), I had red lines going up my arm. πŸ˜€ Fun!

(Red lines = venom going through your bloodstream. Usually to your heart. [Source: Safety and first aid college class])To people who don’t understand: it doesn’t have to be looking for you, seeking out your blood, armed with machetes/guns/knives/chainsaws, etc and are only looking to bite in self-defense. Maybe that spider that bit me the first time wasn’t actually looking for me when I rolled on top of it while sleeping. But it was there. And it bit me because it was being threatened (found a flattened spider underneath my pillow once I got back home from school). And therefore, I do not want spiders anywhere near my room, let alone in my bed or near my pets (that goes for you, spider I found in my guinea pig’s cage over 10 years ago).

Re: spiders go where food is.
Most insect-type bugs don’t bother me (bees, wasps and other stinging insects bother me, and we never get them inside the house). Flies bother me, but that’s why I’m trying to grow carnivorous plants. So they can do the work that spiders would normally do.

(Vacuuming spiders doesn’t seem to work. They’re gone for the time being, but then you see them again the next day. αƒš(ΰ² η›Šΰ² αƒš) Apparently, they crawled out of the vacuum cleaner while it was turned off.)

Related: Spiders are scary. It’s Okay to be Afraid of Them.