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Post by 75X11 on Wed Oct 30, 2013 5:08 pm

These things started coming out in spring about 2 years ago. Now it looks like they are showing up in the fall. The kudzu bug, aka the asian stink bug, aka the lablab bug. I always called them the 2/3 of a ladybug.

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Post by Wildcat445 on Wed Oct 30, 2013 6:14 pm

Just this morning, I paid our bug man $150 to get rid of an infestation of black widow spiders in our garage. I will trade you, but a pest is a pest and you have my best wishes that they go somewhere else. Sometimes the bug man is your best friend.

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Post by 75X11 on Wed Oct 30, 2013 6:58 pm

My BW's live out in the water meter pit, thankfully.  If they decided to move into my dwelling, I would have to deal with them severely. Very Happy 

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Post by Wildcat445 on Wed Oct 30, 2013 9:07 pm

Our infestation consisted of exactly three spiders. They may have had mates and kids somewhere. I did not want them to feel welcome or for them to get into my car. That is a real pain. They have to "bomb" the spiders, and it leaves a white residue on everything.

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Post by 75X11 on Wed Oct 30, 2013 9:35 pm

Hope they got them all.
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Post by Wildcat445 on Wed Oct 30, 2013 10:54 pm

I just walked down the driveway to get the mail. There was a black widow spider laying on the concrete, on his back, with his legs kicking. He looked like he did not feel too good! That is a good sign. (It could possibly have been a "she." I did not look THAT close).

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Post by 75X11 on Wed Oct 30, 2013 11:25 pm

Had all the sand run out of her hourglass?
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Post by Wildcat445 on Wed Oct 30, 2013 11:53 pm

I think that it is fair to say that New Balance is not his or her favorite brand of sneaker!

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Post by Ron Pond on Fri Nov 01, 2013 6:58 am

Google " Australian Red Back spider" to see the Black Widow's soul mate; Can deliver a nasty nip....

https://www.google.com.au/#psj=1&q=australian+red+back+spider

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Post by 75X11 on Fri Nov 01, 2013 9:43 am

I guess it's some consolation that their cousins are better marked there, although one still has to be too close to take advantage.  Here is one of my water meter widows.  instead of an hourglass, she seems to have had a diode symbol.

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Post by Bill Cahill on Fri Nov 01, 2013 9:59 am

Well, it wasn't a black widow spider that I had in my bathroom two years ago, but, it sure was big... Biggest monster I've ever seen up close. And, fast, too.....
Scared the carp out of me..............

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Post by Wildcat445 on Fri Nov 01, 2013 11:55 am

There are big garden spiders in MO that are about as big as the hubcap on a Hudson. (Actually about two inches). They make their webs in the sweetcorn where you meet them eyeball to eyeball when you are running the tiller. The are black with green and yellow and super long legs. Harmless, but they scare the waddin' out of you. They are actually beneficial, since they eat bugs that want to eat your garden. The only thing good about a black widow is that they give you exercise. When you stomp on them. Very Happy 

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Post by Dr. Radio on Fri Nov 01, 2013 12:49 pm

That diode symbol means that spider only goes one way in its travels, political viewpoints, etc. Laughing 

I've had my fair share of fun with home ownership...mostly battles with carpenter ants, roaches, Asian beetles, silverfish.... *sigh*

I'm careful too when it comes to spiders. I leave the simple household ones alone (as they eat other pests), but questionable brown and black spiders get smashed. Have to be cautious in the detached garage of Brown Recluse.
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