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Old 08-19-2007, 06:43 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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Default Bugs in the Willamette?

In SoCal we don't get many bugs in the house, sometimes a silverfish or two, but in the damp weather of the Willamette Valley, what types of bugs are often seen inside the houses? Are there poisonous spiders there?
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Old 08-19-2007, 07:39 PM
 
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Poisonous spiders? You bet. We lived in Eugene and had TONS of spiders. Mild climate does that. We had Hobo Spiders and Black Widows in town in our garages. Oh, and the sac spider is poisonous and we had the most of those in the house, at night creeping along the walls.
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Old 08-20-2007, 09:05 AM
 
Location: Oregon
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Hardly ever seen one.

Portland is just out of the valley, and has hardly anything. A few wolf spiders that make the funnel webs outside.

In southern Oregon, we have black widows, but in 2 years of landscape work, I've only found one so far.

They are there. I know I could find one in 10 minutes if I went looking for one.

But from Medford up to Portland, there is not very much to be concerned about.

We're low on the meter for hazardous creatures.

Never noticed all that much in the Willamette Valley are either.

We'd get a spider or two in the house every now and then, but I don't like touching any spiders, venomous or not. We just vacuum them or catch them with tissue. Seems that the few silverfish irritated me more - only got about 2 or 3 of those per year that we could see.
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Old 08-20-2007, 09:34 AM
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Location: The beautiful Rogue Valley
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In SoCal we don't get many bugs in the house, sometimes a silverfish or two, but in the damp weather of the Willamette Valley, what types of bugs are often seen inside the houses? Are there poisonous spiders there?
Hmmm, my memory of living in SoCal was of all kinds of ants in the house - usually the little tiny ones in swarms - and cockroaches. I've never even seen a cockroach in Oregon.
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Old 08-20-2007, 11:32 AM
 
Location: Oregon Coast
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Hmmm, my memory of living in SoCal was of all kinds of ants in the house - usually the little tiny ones in swarms - and cockroaches. I've never even seen a cockroach in Oregon.
Probably termites and carpenter ants because most homes are built of wood.

I have never seen a cockroach in Oregon either or even a lightening bug.
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Old 08-20-2007, 11:47 AM
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No lightning bugs this side of the Rockies. Some in Texas, although not anything like the south and east.
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Old 08-20-2007, 01:20 PM
 
Location: Oregon
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I've seen a cockroach in Oregon, BUT it's not like the ones in Texas. The cockroaches here are tiny and few and far between depending on where you live. I have heard some cities see more than others,but they are still not considered a "common bug". I live upstairs and still get an occasional spider, or one of those little flying bugs that like the light will ocassionally fly in when I open the door at night. Yes we do have the hobo and black widow spiders, I have never seen one, but I have heard the like woodpiles, old houses,etc. We DO NOT have rattlesnakes on this side of the mountains like they do in Eastern Oregon.
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Old 08-20-2007, 02:45 PM
 
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I got bitten by a hobo spider not long ago. Nothing much happened; there was some itching, soreness, and a bit of swelling, but that was it. I guess that some people have more severe reactions, but my experience was probably a '2' on a 1-10 scale of irritation.
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Old 08-21-2007, 02:07 PM
 
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Hmmm, my memory of living in SoCal was of all kinds of ants in the house - usually the little tiny ones in swarms - and cockroaches. I've never even seen a cockroach in Oregon.
Roseburg! When I lived there people told me they lived in the sewer system.

Over in Bridge, by Myrtle Point, we had SO many. My roach motels filled up quickly. Just depends on where you are. I never saw them anywhere else in Oregon.
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Old 08-21-2007, 02:09 PM
 
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I got bitten by a hobo spider not long ago. Nothing much happened; there was some itching, soreness, and a bit of swelling, but that was it. I guess that some people have more severe reactions, but my experience was probably a '2' on a 1-10 scale of irritation.
They can be VERY bad. I worked as an RN in Eugene and we saw some nasty spider bites. Just takes being in the wrong place at the wrong time. They can cause infections that eat away at the skin and require intense IV antibiotics. And then there are the bites that hardly do anything. It depends on whether or not you get a "dry" bite. We used to take all the spiders we caught into the OSU extension office in Eugene. We learned TONS about spiders that way.
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