Southern House Spider

So here I am wasting away another weekend on doing, well, nothing. When along comes this guy. Or at least one of his many friends. He was spotted crawling over my bed. Needless to say he didn't survive the trip.

He's a Southern House Spider. Or at least this picture looks a lot like him. The trouble is, he also looks an awful lot like the pictures of Brown Recluse spiders. For those who are unfamiliar with the brown recluse, he's a venomous spider capable of delivering painful bites that become grotesquely infected. I'll spare you all putting the pictures here since they're pretty gross looking. Google is your friend though should you wish to know more.

The Southern House Spider on the other hand is supposed to be completely harmless. In fact, it's said they're almost totally blind, couldn't tell if you were there or not, and are never aggressive unless trapped. Even when cornered they apparently can't bite through your skin. So there's generally nothing to worry about from them other than being creeped out a bit at finding one crawling along your walls, your furniture, your kitchen table, your bed, and yes, I'm also told they sometimes crawl into your mouth while you're asleep. Ick. I'd prefer to skip that possibility. Apparently only the males wander, and they have no set territory. The females hide in dark crevices and rarely if ever come out.

Since it's difficult or impossible to tell which spider you have, and one is dangerously aggressive and delivers hospitalization level bites, one might see why I chose to kill rather than set the thing free. I just hope there aren't any more hanging around.
"It is pointless to resist, my son." -- Darth Vader
"Resistance is futile." -- The Borg
"Mother's coming for me in the dragon ships. I don't like these itchy clothes, but I have to wear them or it frightens the fish." -- Thurindil

Well. I guess that's that then.

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Posted on Sep 21, 2008 2:28 am by Samson in: | 9 comment(s) [Closed]
Hopefully finding the one doesn't indicate that there are others lurking as well, Samson. I'm usually of the mind that if the spider looks big enough to be a possible threat then I'd kill it rather than take the chance it was a poisonous one, if it appears to be too small to be a threat it's probably doing me a service by eating other bugs I'd rather not have either. But I don't usually care to even research which type of spider it might be (or have been) - it was a spider... ;)

<a href="">It's bad luck to kill a spider.</a>

Be that as it may, if I break a mirror I just clean up the pieces and move on with my life. As far as I'm concerned, killing a spider carries equal superstitious value to me. ;)

Some interesting information on spiders

Well, its certainly bad luck for the spider, Tyche... ;)

Excellent point, Tarl. :D

I'm an arachnophile. I've got hundreds of the lovely critters in my house. They're more useful than cats.

Bad luck to kill spiders? If so how could it be worse than the luck I already have? :P

And by all means Tyche, if you'd like more spiders, I'm sure I can work something out. There's plenty of them here. I don't have a problem as long as they stay outside where the bugs are.

Um, yeah.. Tyche, you're welcome to all the spiders (and even any other bugs as may be around) that I have living anywhere near me...

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