Oh that must be awful! I bet you still feel the spider on your hand...and crawling up your arm and so on.
I still get ribbed about the time I killed a big, hairy spider with a dead plant. I was at work, saw motion near a coworkers foot, screamed, grabbed the big dead plant and tossed it on the spider.
It takes a while to stop feeling those malevolent little legs. The worst is when you find one in your bed. Was it alone? Every arm and leg hair stands up-simulating a thousand little spider legs.
I'm a sissy. There-I said it.
While I dont care for spiders in my home, most of the time I just catch them and put them outside.
If it was coming out of your nose, I could see someone freaking out, but on your hand - please. But in your case I guess a sore hand is better than a broken nose.
Lots of people are freaked out by spiders. There's a reason why "arachnophobia" is a commonly-known word.
I like spiders. The long-legged fast-moving really-skinny ones are creepy... I like the the big-bodied fat ones that make huge intricate webs.
It's EARWIGS that I hate. I had a bunch of them land on my face once when shaking off a canvas awning, and I just about jumped out of my skin. Eeeeeyuch!
I am not overly worried by spiders or other insects, and usually just catch them in a jar or whatever and put them outside. Sometimes there will be a spider with web living high up in a corner, that is hard to reach, so he/she will happily live there for a while catching and eating mozzies and other annoying things. :)
I did have one rather scary experience with an insect however...
while camping in the Australian bush I was awoken by a scratching sound coming from near my head. I put on the torch and froze in shock. There was a HUGE centipede... about 20cm long, and 8cm wide, I'd estimate... scrabbling with its hundred legs on the tent floor right by my head, trying to get up the wall. At least it wasn't headed for me! But it was only about 15cm from my head!
I moved slowly away and found a suitable container, caught it, and released it about 50 km's (well, ya know) away from the tent! Every time I heard a scratch or rustle for the rest of that trip I found it hard to sleep! :)
Potato bugs do it for me. For those that don't know of them they are big ugly beetle-like things with black and yellow rings around their hind section like a bee, average an inch and a half long, and have front claws or pinchers or something and are an abomination to look upon. The look like something from the Outer Limits.
I was 8, digging in the yard and unearthed one but didn't realize it, the clump of dirt in my hand began to wiggle, I thought I had a very uncreepy buddy of mine, an average earthworm. The dirt all fell away and there in my palm, crawling toward the soft part of my wrist was the ugliest creature my young eyes had ever seen, now very WIDE young eyes. I screamed like a girl, yes a girl not a linebacker, a girl, threw myself back onto the grass crawling toward the house, my entire body trembled with the most intense case of heebie-jeebies you can imagine . . . couldn't sleep for weeks and they still creep me out, alive or dead, I can't even bear to squish them. :O
It was the only time in my life I peed my pants. :O
The only thing that comes close is a big, fat, black widow, those creep me out for some reason, they just look terribly evil and creepy. Not even camel spiders bother me as bad.
For me, it was the tarantula I found in the house a few weeks ago. It was crawling along the living room floor. I screamed for Brett ... he saved me.
I don't really mind the spiders as long as they're outside. But what I do mind are all of the scorpions I keep finding. Now there are bugs that freak me out, big time.
I personally have a huge fear of spiders. About 10 years ago I was bitten by a brown recluse on my leg .. have a nasty scar to prove it.
Anyhow when my daughter was about 3 she walked into my office where I was furiously programming... walked up and said .. "I have a present for you mommy" So I held out my hand expecting a dandi lion flower or a half eaten cookie and instead she placed the biggest garden spider in my hand. I just about peed myself.
hawkgirl does it help to know most scorpions in the US are no more harmful than a bee sting? Only in some parts of the southwest is a small scorp capable of killing a human.
Probably not. Widows are seldom deadly too. :(
> does it help to know
>>Widows are seldom deadly too
Nah, but they really hurt, and they make you sick for a day or two. And their shiny black appearance skeers me. ;) Insects, spiders, creepy-crawlies don't really bother me. Rattlesnakes on the other hand...
<added /> One exception to the creepy-crawlie issue - Maggots. Maggots freak me out. A writhing mass of them devouring whatever unfortunate creature happens to feed them always makes me turn my head and walk the other way. Can't stand them.
I used to be terrified of spiders but after moving to Mississippi my fear has subsided a little. Taking a walk around my garden is like a visit to the set of The Dark Crystal, we have so many weird looking bugs round here you just have to accept them.
I did get a suprise when I found a black widow spider on my front door. Trust me, it didn't live long.
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I can't stand spiders. Snakes and other bugs don't bother me, but spiders can make me scream.
The way I understand it is that maggots only eat dead tissues and rotting things. That's why they make good medical treatment for people with festering injuries. The maggots eat away the dead tissue, leaving behind the good tissues.
> Rattlesnakes on the other hand...
got one of those this spring setting on a warm pool pipe in my back yard. Exactly 7 inches from where I had just reached to flip a lever for the pool pump. It was setting on river rocks. You could not even see the thing setting there unless you looked really close - it blended in perfectly.
On the other hand, last fall I did see a snake you could see quite clearly on the rocks - near the same place. It was perty red, yellow, and black...ya, the right combo of colors ... I about freaked. We have had it all at this place, but that what you get when your house backs to the wild kingdom of the texas hill country...
You guys don't know what "bugs" are until you come to the Caribbean! Ever seen a bat moth? They are HUGE! How about tarantulas the size of your fist? Or 6" long milipedes or stink bugs or 5" scorpians or the biggest, ugliest green (triangular shaped) grasshoper you have ever seen!
But my all time favourite is the particularly disgusting Palmetto Bug. People here call it that, but to me it is just a massive cockroach. Man ... those things are so big you could strap a saddle on those suckers and ride them. Oh ... and they fly which adds that much more to their charm! Yecccchhh.
I am constantly finding tree boas in my garden and on my porch as well. Not afraid of snakes, but when when I saw my dog standing on my bed and watching something move under the sheets ... that just about drove me out of the Caribbean for good! I have screens on everything, buy geckos, lizzards, snakes and bugs always manage to find their way inside somehow!
All bugs freak me out, especially spiders, but I do recall that one of the ugliest things I ever saw was when I lived in Germany. We had tons of stag beetles! ICK! Big black beasts with pinchers. BLECH! They'd fall off the gate that led down to our basement apartment.
> Or 6" long milipedes
Oh sheeze - I almost for got we foudn one of those too : texas sized about 8-10 inches long. It very tough to - umm - dispose of.
Tomatoe Horn worms do it for me. 4" long and they seriously make noises when you poke them. They are so nasty and disgusting that chickens won't even eat them (or can't)....and chickens eat just about any kind of bug!
Be thankful (and all due respect to the members from Australia or New Zealand)...but there are some wicked insects there .. like the "Funnel Web Spider" (member of the tarantula family)...one of the most poisionous insects on the planet...get bit by this baby in the back of your and (hard to miss the thing...it's as big as a hand)...and you are in deep trouble very quickly...and most likely death...the fangs on this things are truly frightening...
Yeah..insects....you either hate them or live with them .. with the exeption of the person who studies and loves them...
uhh. Australia for sure, but not nearly so much NZ.
Here in New Zealand we have one native poisonous spider - the Katapo, which is restricted to a very small area in the north of the North Island.
We do have black widows, but I'm not even certain they're the same black widows as elsewhere, though they do bite and it does pack a punch, same with white tail spiders.
Really though... that's about it. It's not well known that we do have a very small scorpion in a couple of tiny areas, but they've never been an issue. And we have no snakes at all. No crocs, alligators or reptiles larger than geckos and tuataras... and no wild mammals larger than a possum or wallaby (both imports).
Being from New Zealand and travelling overseas... the natural dangers out there in the rest of the world are guaranteed to prey ('scuse the pun) on your mind.
oh.. and funnel web spiders? Here' s a true story for you..
a radio DJ was sacked from his job some years ago in Oz because while reading the news about a woman who was bitten on the finger by a funnel web spider... he got 'confused'... and announced to the nation that a woman had been bitten on the funnel by a fingerweb spider.