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Old 10-12-2010, 04:06 PM
 
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I live about 45 minutes outside of the Seattle area and there are barely any bugs. The only problems for me are there a quite a few bees in the summer. Except these bees are very small and harmless. There are no mosquitos, crickets, grasshoppers, beetles, or anything gross. Once every 7 years we get a month of spider season though, these spiders can get pretty big. Eastern Washington is where there are quite a few bugs though.
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Old 02-10-2011, 04:48 PM
 
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Question Spiders in Seattle are?

Are these spiders real dangerous(like brown recluses or black widows) or are just nuissiance? what type of spiders are these? also, why only a month every 7 years?
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Old 10-19-2013, 02:33 AM
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This year in my part of the southern Midwest ("The Middle") we had a lot of orb-web spiders, for the first time in at least seven years. I never knew spiders were on that kind of schedule. We always have lots of spiders, but not many orb-web spiders. By orb-web I mean the kind of spider that makes a flat spiderweb, vs the kind that just makes a mess of web threads tangled together in a corner. Also orb-web spiders tend to be bigger than most other spiders, but, in the USA, are completely harmless to humans. A garden spider, for example, is an orb-web spider. Dangerous spiders, such as black widow and brown recluse, don't make orb-webs. And in any case, spiders aren't as dangerous as people think. Black widows have such a distinctive appearance, you can always recognize them at a glance, and simply stay away from them. Brown recluse spiders avoid people, and live in dark corners where nobody ever bothers them. If anyone comes close to them, they will pack up and move away. The only time they will bite you is when you invade their space and come into physical contact with them. If you have good eyesight you can recognize a brown recluse by its 3 pairs of eyes, configured like 2 eyes and a nose. The violin figure doesn't mean much because some other kinds of spiders have those too. But the 3 pairs of eyes on the violin are the key to recognizing a brown recluse, if you can see them that well. Also the violin looks more like a real violin than on any other spider.
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Old 10-19-2013, 11:06 AM
 
Location: Baghdad by the Bay (San Francisco, California)
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Houston was overrun with biting and stinging insects, mosquitoes, ants, termites, roaches...really everything you can imagine. The mosquitoes were the worst. The fogger trucks would drive up and down the street and low-flying crop dusters would buzz neighborhoods spraying poison into the air and they were still out of control.

In San Francisco, I leave my screen-less windows open year-round and have never had a mosquito fly in. Occasionally a moth will come in, but that is it.
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Old 10-19-2013, 11:54 AM
 
Location: Austell, Georgia
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The West Coast!
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Old 10-19-2013, 01:46 PM
 
Location: Aurora, Colorado
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Pretty much every state in the West.
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Old 10-19-2013, 11:42 PM
 
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Seattle.
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Old 10-19-2013, 11:44 PM
 
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Are these spiders real dangerous(like brown recluses or black widows) or are just nuissiance? what type of spiders are these? also, why only a month every 7 years?
Harmless. The worst spider we have is the Hobo, but they are becoming somewhat rare (another spider is taking over their territory).
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Old 10-21-2013, 12:51 PM
 
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A city without standing water should be fine. I was amazed when I moved to Chicago that in the dense areas of the city there are virtually no bugs, and certainly no mosquitos. There's no standing water for them to breed. Then you go out to the burbs and get eaten up.
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Old 10-21-2013, 06:48 PM
 
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The West Coast!
Agree.

Can't beat parts of California, near the coast, least bugs for sure.
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