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Cane spider!

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Cane spider!

A big buggah as in two inch leg span. In the bedroom on the closet door last night. I know have to tell Skip about it, as some of you may know, he is useless in a situation like this. Of course he's telling me to kill it....I want to either chase it outside or catch & release it. They're great insect control...and something this big has a personality! It only ran when I got very close...so I chased it into the living room and it went up the wall about 3 feet and stopped. I stuck a glass over it, slid a piece of paper between the wall & glass...Viola! Released outside to continue his life!

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1. Re: Cane spider!

well done!

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2. Re: Cane spider!

Wow. You found a small one. ;-)

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3. Re: Cane spider!

Small, slow, and vertically challenged one. ;-)

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4. Re: Cane spider!

You have a very refined technique. Iʻm a broom and slippah gal myself.

Broom to direct the critter (not so easy) and slippah to continue its life in cane spider afterlife.

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5. Re: Cane spider!

Seems a fitting event to your vacation! Well done, BTW. DId you take pictures and send them home?

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6. Re: Cane spider!

Flyswatter and/or Raid would have been last resort, but were ready to be used.

The camera battery was charging so no photos :(

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Edited: 03 September 2013, 03:36
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3chis, I agree and try to never kill a spider. Predators play an important part in the web of life! Good catching technique with the glass and paper!

My Buddist-leaning husband will not even kill a fly. He catches them in his hand and releases them out the door. His catching skills are amazing. I call him the fly-whisperer! But as soon as I open that door, the fly promptly returns inside. I follow up with the swatter! I do give it a little blessing that you can borrow if you like KK. "I bless you on to your next and better life."

I prefer geckos to fill that predator niche in my Hawai'ian condo habitat, though. Hope your vacation is now spider free!

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8. Re: Cane spider!

Killing spiders is bad luck. It makes it rain and really ticks off Spider Grandmother, who gave mankind weaving.

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9. Re: Cane spider!

I have my SO bring the gigantic Frommer's Hawaii guidebook for these types of emergencies.

It came in handy last year when a monstrous looking centipede came slithering into our Kilauea rental. Obviously while that was going on I left the room and plugged my ears! Glad to have someone do the dirty work for me.

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10. Re: Cane spider!

I live in the middle of former sugar cane lands, so if I swat one cane spider, it does not exactly create a vortex in the spider predator chain of being. I only swat them when they choose not to head for the exit during the high speed chase.

I do have a little thing that I say to them if I have to swat:

"Sorry, spider dude, hate to do this but you should have stayed out of my house."

As for centipedes, I have about as much sympathy for them as Marcellus had for Zed in Pulp Fiction. I may not "go medieval" but my instinct for eradication is pure and undiluted.

Thereʻs a reason for that. If one is in the house and it does not get caught, it WILL come visit you in your bed at some point. Which is unacceptable.