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Old 09-22-2011, 01:19 PM
 
Location: Out West
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If we didn't have spiders to eat the bugs we'd be complaining about the additional bugs. We are bigger than the spiders, the mice, the snakes that aren't even poisonous and even those cute little bats that don't really get tangled in our hair. We are bigger than them. They won't hurt us. I bet they point and laugh at us for being scared of them.
Birds and frogs can eat the bugs and if you think that spiders will not come after you, you are wrong. They do.
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Old 09-22-2011, 02:28 PM
 
Location: Maine
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Birds and frogs can eat the bugs and if you think that spiders will not come after you, you are wrong. They do.
Not in the last 47 years. Some of those years were spent in southern states and Asia but so far so good. I haven't yet been chased by a spider. When I worked for the USDA Forestry Service I learned that there are an average of 10,000 spiders per acre of forest in Maine. Having lived in the forest for the last 13 years, that seems accurate. Walking through strands that land of your face will get your attention quickly. There's the strand but...where's the spider?
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Old 09-22-2011, 05:44 PM
 
Location: Maine
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Just wait 'till you run into a wolf spider.
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Old 09-22-2011, 05:53 PM
 
Location: Central Maine
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Just wait 'till you run into a wolf spider.
This was interesting about the wolf spider:
"Wolf spiders can reach a size of up to 1.2 inches. That is the body size only - if the legs are included the total length of a Wolf Spider can be almost four inches." :

The good news is that they usually only bite when handled... so don't pick them up.
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Old 09-22-2011, 06:16 PM
 
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Not in the last 47 years. Some of those years were spent in southern states and Asia but so far so good. I haven't yet been chased by a spider. When I worked for the USDA Forestry Service I learned that there are an average of 10,000 spiders per acre of forest in Maine. Having lived in the forest for the last 13 years, that seems accurate. Walking through strands that land of your face will get your attention quickly. There's the strand but...where's the spider?
<shudder>
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Old 09-22-2011, 11:25 PM
 
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Not in the last 47 years. Some of those years were spent in southern states and Asia but so far so good. I haven't yet been chased by a spider. When I worked for the USDA Forestry Service I learned that there are an average of 10,000 spiders per acre of forest in Maine. Having lived in the forest for the last 13 years, that seems accurate. Walking through strands that land of your face will get your attention quickly. There's the strand but...where's the spider?
good point, happens all the time, when walking in the woods...
maybe, just maybe....they jumped on us, real quick, on the back of our heads, so we dont see them,,,then silently, they crawl,,, down the back of our heads, to our necks, slowly, crawling down our backs, waiting, waiting til we get home, jumping off us, in our kitchens, in our bedrooms
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Old 09-23-2011, 08:02 AM
 
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Daddy log legs DO NOT BITE HUMANS!! Their mouths are too small. They DO however eat mosquito larvea thus cutting down on the skeeter population.
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Old 09-23-2011, 12:26 PM
 
Location: Maine
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We have a bunch of daddy long legs hanging around on the house right now. We are not near a lake -- we're maybe 4 miles to the ocean. Sorry, Three Wolves.
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Old 09-25-2011, 08:01 PM
 
Location: Edgemere, Maryland
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We've got them in droves down here in Maryland, too! I went for a hike Monday afternoon and they were creeping along everywhere. I have a friend who went camping yesterday in the western part of the state and she mentioned them as the first thing about the trip when she returned. It seems this year they are out in full force. Have never seen it like this - maybe it's all of the moist ground from the hurricane.

PS-I have never seen the "harvestman" type that a poster shared on page two here in MD. Ours look like this:

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Old 09-26-2011, 01:26 AM
 
Location: Washington County, ME
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That's the kind of Daddy Long Legs we have in NJ - the same as are pictured that are in MD. That's what we call them, anyway.

I hate spiders, but with those i do pull them by a leg and just toss them outside. We have quite a few around right now.
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