Black Widows & Brown Recluse Spiders
We’ve got spiders!
This is the first time in my life when I’ve seen a spider roughly every 3 hours each day, most of them venomous. Arkansas has some terrific wildlife but as for our spiders, they’re more terrifying than terrific. At left you can see the brown recluse I found on my underwear drawer. I found another one in my pants (luckily, not while I was wearing them!) We had a black widow making her egg sack in the corner of our front door for a few days, until Ryan bravely squished it with a broom handle. At right, you can see a picture of a black widow spider – we didn’t take this one; I was too scared to get close enough for a photograph. The last kind of spider that’s flooded our home are the daddy long legs (is that even their real name?) [Edit: “daddy long legs” are arachnids but aren’t actually spiders] These spiders have congregated in huge pods, like bonobos having a good time together. The photos below were taken on our landlord’s deck just under the eaves of the roof. One spider in particular was intent on coming indoors, and I had to scoot it out.
Every day we have to make the decision to either follow our Buddhist principles and harm no life form, respecting every little living thing while risking getting bitten by a venomous spider, or whacking it with our sandals. Generally, we follow these guidelines:
- If it can be captured easily, do so and let it go outside.
- Never kill anything outdoors.
- Kill the venomous insects found indoors.
- Dissuade spiders from living in our home (prevention)
- For parasites: Show no mercy! LOL (mosquitoes, chiggers, ticks, fleas, etc)