Are you afraid of Spiders?

Yucky Spiders - A revolting Redback Spider.
@jennybianca (12915)
Australia
March 7, 2007 9:14pm CST
I am. I hate them. Even as a child I hated spiders. I think I got this from my Father, who doesn't like spiders at all too. We had a lot of spiders at Port Augusta, where I was brought up. The most dangerous are redbacks.They live in any dark place, such as under houses, in carports, garden sheds, under chairs and I guess you have heard of the redback under the toilet seat. Another spider I particulary dread are huntsman. They are quite harmless, but they are so larege and hairy and they can jump. Wolf spiders unnerve me too, as the have large fangs and carry their babies on their backs. I can kill little spiders with lots of spray, but I have to get my husband to kill any remotely big spider. My daughter thinks my fear is funny. So what experiences do you have with spiders?
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• United States
8 Mar 07
Fortunately for me, we don't have to worry about poisonous spiders in the area we live in. I am the spider killer in my house. My daughter has a phobia regarding spiders and insects. She freaks out! I just walk over and whack them with a shoe or whatever I have handy.
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@jencai (3415)
• Philippines
8 Mar 07
i do too. i'm afraid of them, i don't even know why, the only reason i know maybe the way they look is so... and they move too fast.. i really dont like those spiders.
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• India
8 Mar 07
I have many episodes on National Geography about spiders. At some places it is very dangerous. Even people can die. But in our India it is not so horrible. Or we can say not pisonous. In foreign countries it is seen that there are few spiders which are pisonous and harm the people, have to rush to hospital. I use spray for killing the spiders.
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• United States
8 Mar 07
Yes I really hate spiders also. I get my husband to kill them for me too cause I hate doing that cause I am afraid I will miss and they will run away and hide
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• United States
8 Mar 07
Yes I am. I was bitten by a brown recluse spider a few years ago and still have large round deep scar on my leg as a result. I didn't realize I had been bitten until I had the red angry looking area on my leg and as the skin was not broken I was not too worried. Eventually I went to the doctor who sent me to another doctor and recognized what it was and was I shocked to find that under the skin my flesh was getting eaten away. Thank goodness I received immediate treatment which involved, Hyperbaric Oxygen (HBO) Therapy twice a day but it took a long time to heal.
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@jennybianca (12915)
• Australia
9 Mar 07
How yucky! I think I heard of brown recluse spiders. I was bitten once by a unnamed species in the Gawler Ranges. They are very tiny spiders that get in your washing. It causes a nasty sore, and I needed antibiotics for it. Not as nasty as yours though.
@coffeeshot (3786)
• Australia
8 Mar 07
no i'm not afraid of spiders, only red backs. I haven't seen a red back in a few years. Sometimes i even pick up daddy long legs and carry them outside, when someone wants it out of the house. I also NEVER kill Huntsmen spiders. They are really good at eating cockroaches and yucky insects like that in the house. Something that you should remember is that they're more scared of you than you are of them, I mean, look at the size of us compared to them! They won't attack unless they feel threatened.
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@jennybianca (12915)
• Australia
9 Mar 07
You make a good point, that spiders can be quite helpful in eating vermin and insects. And I guess they are more afraid of us!
@linda345 (2661)
• Canada
8 Mar 07
I am sitting here typing feeling like there are things crawling all over me. I don't like spiders. I hate there webs. When you walk through one cause you didn't see it and then you have to worry about if the spider was still in it. yuck. I don't know if there are any poisious spiders where we live but I don't like the look of any of them.
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• United States
8 Mar 07
I don't really know anyone who likes nasty spiders!! I sure don't. My step dad put black widows in my dresser drawers when I was gone for a summer vacation(he's in prison now) and as soon as I came home he told me to unpack and put my clothes in the drawers......... needless to say I lost it and he laughed. That was about 30 years ago and to this day I don't even like to see them on t.v. or in a book.
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@jennybianca (12915)
• Australia
9 Mar 07
What a terrible man your step father was. I hate webs also, although the Orb spider spins a very pretty web.
• Canada
9 Mar 07
Spiders don't bother me. My general concensus is if you leave them alone, they'll leave you alone. Pretty simple lol. Mom hates them and my sister is deathly afraid of them. She just got her own place and is moving in there next Thursday so, I guess she's going to have to learn that when she sees one in the bath tub, she'll have no choice but to turn the tap on herself to wash it down the plughole lol. My ex's brother was also deathly afraid of them too. It's the funniest thing to see a 21 year old jump up onto the nearest surface when a spider runs across the floor, and to hear him squeal like a little girl. it's a reaction that you don't expect from a 6ft tall guy lol.
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@jennybianca (12915)
• Australia
9 Mar 07
Yes, I can imagine that would be funny!
@Molly322 (126)
• United States
8 Mar 07
I am terrified of spiders! I was bitten as a young child and had a horrible allergic reaction so I tend to freak out when one comes into the house or drops down from the ceiling to say "hello!" My cat, on the other hand, loves them! My husband came home last summer and found him taunting one of the biggest spiders I've ever seen come into our house. I couldn't sleep that night wondering how or where that spider got in!
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@jennybianca (12915)
• Australia
9 Mar 07
One of my kitten's first "kills" was a huntsman spider. She brought it inside with it still in her mouth. I had to get it out. It freaked me out!
@missinghim (1339)
• United States
8 Mar 07
they never used to bother me until i got bit by one. i was out camping while i had a hairline fracture in my hip and i woke up to a bad pinch on my hip and saw a spider leaving. my leg swelled up to the point that i had to get crutches my leg was black and blue for two weeks, i was in the hospital getting all types of anti-venom shots it just was horrible. i now hate spiders.
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@jennybianca (12915)
• Australia
9 Mar 07
How awful, to see a spider leaving your leg!
@KarenO52 (2951)
• United States
26 Mar 07
I used to like spiders until I got bit by them a couple of times. They are like vampires, I'll wake up and see one hanging from my ceiling over my head trying to lower itself down to get me in my sleep.
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@estherlou (5020)
• United States
26 Mar 07
Spiders are the worst for me too! They can make me jump up faster than anything else! That is what hubby if for! I've awakened him during the night to come get a spider before. He just sighs at me. LOL! They give me the creeps and they make my skin crawl which makes me think they are crawling on me! The only other thing that grosses me out are roaches and that goodness I've never had them! We had some really big water bugs last year that looked like huge roaches. I don't know why or how they wandered into the house, but we had 4 or 5 of them wandering the house for about a month before we got rid of them all! YUCK! I was really antsy until we got them all!
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@ehdzzie (331)
• Philippines
26 Mar 07
i am not afraid but if it is so big and jumping, yes i am... recently, me and my sister-in-law went shopping...my s-i-l is really afraid of spider...while she is fitting the dress at the fitting room, there is a big spider went in and oh my god!! she run out wearing only her underwears!!!people were staring and laughing at her! what did i do?...well...i just followed her and then gave her something to cover her body and then she put her dress back and then we went home immediately...that is a horrible and funny day!
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@charms88 (7543)
• Philippines
25 Mar 07
I can't say for sure if I'm afraid of spiders of not. Sure, they're not exactly a lovable creatures. And definitely not something that I will dared to touch. I once have a big black spider crawling on the family room. I didn't know how it got in there. I simply grabbed my slipper and gave it 5 smacks. Down it goes to the floor. :)
• United States
25 Mar 07
IM not afraid of spiders but I am afraid of mice. My brother on the other hand is deadly affraid of spiders.
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@dixie1 (1330)
• United States
25 Mar 07
Yes, they give me the creeps! Also, snakes!
• United States
22 Mar 07
me? not at all.i think they're pretty cool looking. although when i lived in arizona,they made me a bit nervous because all of a sudden i was confronted with at least 10 species of spider i'd never seen before LOL they have wolf spiders there too,and..man,they get big!
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@greengal (4288)
• United States
22 Mar 07
Yikes your discussion just gave me goose bumps....I hate spiders and any kind..big or small I can't tolerate them. I'm miles away when I see one ..lol Of late I happen to see many small itsy bitsy spiders around the house, god knows where they are coming from!
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@limalimon (638)
• Mexico
22 Mar 07
I have not afraid of spiders, I afraid of other animals like cats
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• Philippines
22 Mar 07
I DO! dang those critters. i would really go into a bit of panic whenever i saw one most especially those big ones. i gues i have arachnophobia. i had this experience way back when i was about 8 or 10, as i was rushing to take a poo i did not notice that a big one was behind the door so when i sit on the poo chair, dang there it was. it really scares the hell of me. i was shouting on top of my lungs for my mom, while crying, who was really having trouble too how to rescue me since i locked the door. eventually she had to call a guy neighbor & break the door. i never or could never open that door with that thing right smack at the center of the door. looking back that now, cant help but smirk on myself. but to this day on - though i dont cry or shout for my mom anymore - they still give me a scare, but im man enough now to throw my sandals on it ^^
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