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Old 06-20-2008, 11:19 PM
 
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This may sound a little silly, but I have a huge fear of spiders. I just bought a new condo at the top floor of a high-rise. Outside of the windows are GIANT spiders making webs - especially at night.

I am not sure I can live in a place that looks out to huge spiders every night. I need some way to prevent them! Does anyone know of a way I can prevent these spiders around my windows?

If no one has any ideas - is there a better forum someone knows of that I could post this same message? I really need a solution. It's hard for me to sleep knowing they are right there outside my window. (at least they are OUTSIDE right?)

Thanks for the help in advance!
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Old 06-20-2008, 11:55 PM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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Theyre harmless and actually our friends. Do you want them outside your window, or do you want West Nile Virus-carrying mosquitos and disease-ridden cockroaches around. Simply leave em be, let them do their job of ridding your residence of pesky bugs. Arachnophobia can easily be done away with, and once its gone, youll realize how silly you used to be by being scared of them. Trust me, I was an arachnophobe too, now I keep tarantulas/etc as pets.
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Old 06-21-2008, 12:11 AM
 
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I have to laugh at this! I too, am an arachnophobe, but when I see spiders in my house I try to catch them in a Tupperware container and relocate them outside. I freak out the whole time, but it is slowly helping me with my fear. They are then members of my Spider Relocation Program.
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Old 06-21-2008, 08:09 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Just go out and spritz the things with Black Flag or something like that once in awhile.
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Old 06-21-2008, 08:47 AM
 
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I have them too, and I don't really like spiders, but if they stay outside then they can do what they want.
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Old 06-21-2008, 09:05 AM
 
Location: Twin Cities, Minnesota
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Tell your maintenance man or groundskeeper about them and let them deal with it!
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Old 06-21-2008, 09:11 AM
 
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My apartment in Chicago is a friendly home to arachnids. They don't like to get tangled in my bedsheets, and aside from the occasional Why-Are-You-On-My-Clothing-Get-Out-Of-My-Closet incident (to be sure, a harrowing five minutes for everyone involved) they're the only natural force that attacks roaches.

If you're in an apartment building, even a well-maintained one only populated by spotless automatons, you're still going to have the occasional roach scare. Believe me, you're going to want something to ensure a roach-free environment. I've had a free range iguana and a banana spider run loose through my apartment to keep things under control. Despite the myth, actually, the banana spider cleared out roaches like every one was a scratch lotto ticket. When Roscoe died I bought the iguana, Ignacious, and just from his presence I never again saw a roach in my apartment.

We actually should have an "Urban Bug Problem" discussion thread, beyond spiders
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Old 06-21-2008, 09:30 AM
 
Location: yeah
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Don't even try. If you **** them off, they will eat you (and your soul).
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Old 06-21-2008, 09:35 AM
 
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Don't even try. If you **** them off, they will eat you (and your soul).
Yes, but if she rolls per+awareness I'm pretty sure she can wake up before the Ananasi can burrow.
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Old 06-21-2008, 09:58 AM
 
Location: Burkina Faso
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It's a myth to think that spiders will control insects. Spiders go where the insects are. The presence of spiders means a persistent insect problem. Also, the spiders will not eat the insects to the point that they all die and they die. My advice is to eat only in the dining room, don't spill food, and don't leave doors open. This will cut back on insects and hence spiders. Of course, this may not work in warmer climates like Texas or Florida, where people's houses are infested with large, disgusting bugs no matter what they do.

That said, I can sympathize with the above posters problem. Last year, outside the bedroom of my second floor apartment a 1 inch spider (which is extremely large by Ohio standards) set up shop. I could not figure out any way to get rid of it. I never opened the window the entire summer, and I hated even cracking open the blinds (especially at night when the street light cast this massive spider shadow all over my bed room). It died once the winter came around, and no spiders have setup shop in that location this year. Sorry, I know this doesn't help much.
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