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Old 05-11-2007, 10:16 AM
 
Location: new england
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I was in Tennesee and they say they have poisonous hairy brown spiders, do they have them in Louisville? How about roaches?? johnnybc
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Old 05-11-2007, 01:08 PM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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Lots of roaches, yes. Hairy spiders? Need more definition. All spiders have hair on them (setae) that is used to detect motion, etc. Even though most spiders have 8 eyes, theyre relatively blind, they use sense of vibration to locate prey, same goes for scorpions.

Also, ALL spiders are venomous, not poisonous (yes, there is a different). Spiders utilize venom to subdue prey. Most affects of spider venom on the human body are very subdued. There are several species of spiders that have the potential to kill a human. Of those, only 1 lives in KY, thats the southern black widow (Latrodectus mactans). Only females are potentially dangerous (potentially is the key word), males are harmless. KY also has a species of scorpion (Vaejovis carolinianus), but theyre harmless. Snakes to look out for are the timber rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus), the cottonmouth (Agkistrodon piscivorus) and the copperhead (Agkistrodon contortrix). Remember, just because you see a snake in the water, doesnt mean its venomous, most water snakes are completely harmless (belonging to the Nerodia genus)! One easy way to tell if the snake is venomous or not, is to look at its pupils. Here in the USA, our venomous snakes (unlike some other venomous snakes from around the world) have vertically eliptical pupils, whereas non-venomous snakes have circular pupils. Only the coral snake has circular pupils, and its venomous. But those dont range into KY. KY might also have a species of pygmy rattlesnake, but Im not 100% sure. Here is a GREAT website if you want to know more about venomous snakes:

www.venomousreptiles.org
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Old 05-11-2007, 01:47 PM
 
Location: United States
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Speaking of "roaches"... Being a native Californian when I re-located to Kentucky back in the early 90's, I was quite shocked (and disgusted) by what some refer to as "japanese beetles" although I may be getting the name/bug mixed up... they look exacty like roaches... they infest the yards and some houses in Richmond, so I assume elsewhere in the state and they FLY. It's horrible to have a huge roach fly through the air and land on you!

Exterminators helped with that problem... I'm just letting people know that this was something I had not experienced while living in Northern California.. the only roaches I knew of there were in really dirty houses or infested apartment complexes, which is common anywhere.

It's definitely not a BIG problem in Kentucky, but thought it would be worth mentioning. Also they have what "I" refer to as June bugs, although people have told me the June bug is something different... anyway, they are flying brown/red sort of thick round beetles that swarm around the lights during night hours. We had the same things when I was stationed in Texas too. Annoying buggers!
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Old 05-11-2007, 04:01 PM
 
Location: Louisville, Kentucky
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What is this fixation with bugs on this forum?!?! Other than Antarctica, aren't roaches everywhere?

We really don't have more or less than our fair share of bugs.
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Old 06-13-2007, 02:31 PM
 
Location: in KY
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oh, there are roaches in some areas..but there not bad at all where I am..however if ur talking about the "big brown hairy spiders" that i know as "jumping spiders" they are ALL OVER MY HOUSE...but they don't bite...and there are brown recluses they are VERY poisonous!
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Old 06-13-2007, 05:36 PM
 
Location: Kentucky
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There are the Brown recluse here but they don't look all that hairy but can be dangerous.
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Old 06-13-2007, 07:52 PM
 
Location: Far Western KY
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Could be a water spider you'll find them in moist areas like bathrooms. OR it could be a wolf spider both large, about quarter size and both NON POISONOUS. In fact both are very helpful ate eating other annoying bugs.

The only 2 poisonous spiders around KY and TN and most of the south for that mater is the Brown Recluse (Fiddle Back) and Black Widow both are fairly thin legged and smooth, they have hair but it is very short.
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Old 06-14-2007, 05:43 AM
 
Location: Kentucky
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I thought that roaches lived everywhere. huh. learn something new everyday!
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Old 06-16-2007, 01:08 PM
 
Location: new england
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Thanks friends, for all the replys. So Do you really have to watch out for the brown recluse spiders, should one have a home checked for them before one buys it, or does everybody have them and you just have to keep an eye out. I'm talking really about downtown, buying a home in old L'ville or Highlands. Johnnybc
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Old 06-16-2007, 04:22 PM
 
Location: Far Western KY
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Thanks friends, for all the replys. So Do you really have to watch out for the brown recluse spiders, should one have a home checked for them before one buys it, or does everybody have them and you just have to keep an eye out. I'm talking really about downtown, buying a home in old L'ville or Highlands. Johnnybc
I can't speak for L'vul but Fiddlers (Brown Recluses) are part of the landscape in most areas, they will try to avoid you and will not hunt you down and eat you. They stay in dark, slightly damp areas. They are a big fan of storage boxes, attics, closets under houses and beds. If ones on you it will not bite unless it feels threatened. Just smack it or blow it off. Most people who are bit it's purely bad luck, not every one gets a negative reaction to them, but those that do any medical attention. I've seen 1000's of them and I've never been bit (knock-wood). I know of only 2 people that have been bitten and had a reaction and I've been in these parts over 40 years. Most people here don't even notice them.
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