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Old 04-13-2007, 04:19 PM
 
Location: Beautiful East TN!!
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JMT,
Are we calling the same spider different names or same name for different spiders? hahahahhaha
I call those rather large yellow and black spiders that are almost oblong in shape, "banana spiders" my hubby calls them "writing spiders" as there webs almost look like there is writing in them. We DO have those here in TN, those are the ones I was talking about which I have seen many of since here in TN, but you said we do not have banana spiders.....hmmmmm Guess this might be another one of those "what do you call these things in TN"?



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We were talking about bugs in Florida that we don't miss. Tennessee does not have banana spiders. Thank goodness!

I don't recall seeing many black flies around here. But watch out for those hornets, they can be clever little devils since they burrow into the ground so that you don't even know they're there until you step on their hole while mowing the lawn and then get stung.
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Old 04-13-2007, 04:19 PM
 
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Well thank goodness you cleared that up. If there's one thing I'm used to where I live it's insects. I definetly won't miss black flies. They make it impossible to be outside in the spring without armour! We have a favorite T-shirt here that says "Black flies don't bite, they suck". I know what you mean about the hornets, we have those too! Ours are relatively indestructible. We don't try to swat them cause that only makes them mad
That's so true about the hornets. Bees I can handle, even wasps. Their nests are easy to spot and destroy. But hornets? They sneak up on you when you least expect it, the little buggers.

And scrapbookqueen, banana spiders are the most hideous, most grotesque spiders I've ever seen. I've seen them only in Florida. From what I've heard, they are completely harmless to humans. But they are just so UGLY and BIG. They're black and yellow and can be as large as a coconut. They make gigantic webs between trees and when they're sitting there in their web they look like they're suspended in mid air.

Anyway, I've lived in five different houses in Tennessee and needed an exterminator only once, for roaches. And even then, the exterminator saw the roaches and said they weren't from around here; we eventually figured out that they were hidden in our furniture or moving van when we moved up from Florida.

Oh wait, I have had to use an exterminator in the fall for JAPANESE BEETLES. Get an exterminator to spray the outside of your house and every nook and cranny outside your house and all around the windows and doorways inside your house in the fall, before the weather gets cold. Otherwise, you might just have thousands, and I do mean THOUSANDS, of those little critters spending their winters inside your nice, warm home. They don't bite, but they're everywhere! When the weather warms back up in the spring, they return to the outdoors. So spray your house in the fall and they'll leave you alone. Most people don't have them, but if those beetles decide they like your house, you'll know what I'm talking about.
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Old 04-13-2007, 04:21 PM
 
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JMT,
Are we calling the same spider different names or same name for different spiders? hahahahhaha
I call those rather large yellow and black spiders that are almost oblong in shape, "banana spiders" my hubby calls them "writing spiders" as there webs almost look like there is writing in them. We DO have those here in TN, those are the ones I was talking about which I have seen many of since here in TN, but you said we do not have banana spiders.....hmmmmm Guess this might be another one of those "what do you call these things in TN"?
It sounds like we're talking about the same spiders, but I swear I have never seen them in Tennessee! Holy cow I had no idea they were up here, and I've been living here off and on for over 20 years. How did I miss them??
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Old 04-13-2007, 05:09 PM
 
Location: Beautiful East TN!!
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Well, maybe they are only in North East TN??? and not in Knoxville? Maybe a call to the extension office could clear it up? I have never seen one as big as you mentioned but I have seen them as big as my hand.
Ok, now I am curious, gonna look this up hehehhehe.
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Old 04-13-2007, 05:17 PM
 
Location: Beautiful East TN!!
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Ok, I was wrong. The spider I am talking about is called the yellow and black garden spider or the writing spider (should have listened to hubby of course!)
The article says they don't bite.
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Old 04-13-2007, 06:02 PM
 
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Anyway, I've lived in five different houses in Tennessee and needed an exterminator only once, for roaches. And even then, the exterminator saw the roaches and said they weren't from around here; we eventually figured out that they were hidden in our furniture or moving van when we moved up from Florida.

Oh wait, I have had to use an exterminator in the fall for JAPANESE BEETLES. Get an exterminator to spray the outside of your house and every nook and cranny outside your house and all around the windows and doorways inside your house in the fall, before the weather gets cold. Otherwise, you might just have thousands, and I do mean THOUSANDS, of those little critters spending their winters inside your nice, warm home. They don't bite, but they're everywhere! When the weather warms back up in the spring, they return to the outdoors. So spray your house in the fall and they'll leave you alone. Most people don't have them, but if those beetles decide they like your house, you'll know what I'm talking about.
OMG I never thought they could be in the moving truck! We are using ABF and they are dropping the trailer off in our yard. I will have hubby set off a bomb before ANYTHING goes on. I have a whole neurotic process for the storage unit that he is used to, so hopefully he will not mind.

I definitely will have a guy come for the Japanese beetles. And anything else that might be lurking. Maybe it's better to be safe than sorry. My phobia is so bad that given a choice between buying groceries and paying our exterminator... Let's just say I've lived for a week off a 10-lb bag of potatoes and a 5-pound bag of frozen broccoli. Thanks for the help!

Oddly, I am not frightened of spiders. The rationale I use is that they eat bugs. If they didn't exist, bugs would actually overtake the earth. So the banana/writer spidery things actually sound kind of cool.
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Old 04-13-2007, 07:54 PM
 
Location: On the plateau, TN
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JMT,
Do you mean the Asian Ladybugs ?
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Old 04-13-2007, 10:53 PM
 
Location: Nor Cal
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It's so great to voice the worries of leaving the security of "home". For us, 39 years born and raised in Northern California. We have our home for sale and we were thinking just to move down the freeway 20 miles to get away from some gangs and gain better schools. But at $550,000 for a tract home we've been doing some soul search which has lead us here. TN looks so beautiful! I will keep reading and learning so we make the right choice in location. California isn't living up to our expectations~ $5,500 in property taxes per year. No thanks!

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Old 04-14-2007, 02:07 AM
 
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Red face Bugs, Bugs and more Bugs

JMT, I was wondering the same thing as Bones. We find some ladybugs in our the house in the winter. One time ( either spring or fall) it seemed our screens were covered with them, and we've always found a few since then.
On the other hand, we do get Japanese beatles, but never in the house. They actually lay their eggs in the ground, and appear in the early summer. They're voracious, and can completely devour the leaves off a tree or shrub (they seem to prefer the flowering varieties, like our plum and cherry trees) in a matter of days. You can spray the leaves directly so they ingest the toxins, and there are other sprays that you can apply directly on them when you find them on plants. Finally, there are little plastic bags that are attached to lures (supposedly replicate a hormone I think) that they fall into and can't get out of. We've had such a problem with these beatles that we've filled up several bags a month with thousands of beatles. All they seem to do is eat and have sex (look at the plants; you'll find several of them on top of one another, like a Roman orgy Only use the lures/bags if you're property is already overrun by the beatles; otherwise you'll be attracting them from all over the neighborhood
I've never come across the huge spiders you've described, but I think MB is right in that she's come across Garden spiders in Tennessee. We have them here, too. They're usually found where their name implies-in gardens where they prey on insects. We've found a few in our garage entrance, though they don't usually come indoors. They're large (but not coconut sized!) and are harmless to people.
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Old 04-14-2007, 02:15 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Default Q about weather

Do you think that Middle TN has more than its share of tornadoes. Some research puts it at a higher average but I haven't seen any data supporting a big tornado for years.

I also hear that the towns pretty much shut down for two days during snow falls. Is this accurate?
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