What do you do in a "Miss Muffett" Moment ?

@bagarad (14230)
Paso Robles, California
September 10, 2011 4:25am CST
For those of you who never learned the old nursery rhymes, here's what we know about Miss Muffet: Little Miss Muffett sat on her tuffet, eating her curds and whey. (cottage cheese) Along came a spider and sat down beside her and frightened Miss Muffett away. Miss Muffett was sitting in broad daylight, fully dressed. But what do you do when a spider suddently appears with you halfway through your shower? Or, let's say you are lying in bed, about to turn your light off, when you see a spider on the ceiling just above you, or worse, you turn your bedding down to get in your bed and you see the spider scurrying under your sheets? Have you had a Miss Muffett moment? What do you think or do or say when it happens? How do you deal with it?
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@carmelanirel (20976)
• United States
10 Sep 11
I don't have many of those anymore because when I first signed up here, I found out from another mylotter than citrus repels spiders, so guess what is in my cleaning solution??? Yes, citrus essential oil.. That said,I can tell you about my worse "Miss Muffett" experience when I was a teenager. I was lying in my bed reading and when suddenly I looked just in time for a spider to come down from the ceiling and onto my stomach..You can say I Jumped up, danced, and screamed all at once..
@bagarad (14230)
• Paso Robles, California
10 Sep 11
That would be a living nightmare. I'm shivering as I read this. What happened to the spider when you had finished your performance?
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• United States
10 Sep 11
I don't know what happen to it, which is why I shook everything out and didn't lie on that bed until I had vacuumed well...
@stary1 (6618)
• United States
10 Sep 11
"citrus repels spiders" carmel..that is good to know I love the scent of citris and can use this information.
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@globaldoc (860)
• Philippines
17 Sep 11
I guess I would jump up and get shocked. However, if it is in the bathroom, I would just hit it with my towel.
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@bagarad (14230)
• Paso Robles, California
17 Sep 11
The question is, woul dyou then want to dry yourself with the same towel? The other question is, what if you miss?
• Philippines
17 Sep 11
Miss, I sway and hit it again. I am not going to miss since it is inside the bathroom, and it is small. I wont dry myself up with that towel. hehehe
@bellis716 (4804)
• United States
12 Sep 11
What I would do should I see a spider under the circumstances you described would depend on whether I recognized the type of spider. Should I think that it might be a black widow or brown recluse, I'd run for the bug spray. Of course by the time I got back from the kitchen where the bug spray is kept, the spider would be long gone. Like Miss MJuffett, though, I'd be frightened away. No way would I sleep in that bed that night!
@bellis716 (4804)
• United States
13 Sep 11
Good job!
@stary1 (6618)
• United States
10 Sep 11
I have mixed emotions when it comes to spiders. I don't particularly like them but a few years ago my sister told me spiders bring good luck. LOL that stayed with me and now I hate to smash them I like having good luck
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• United States
10 Sep 11
They do eat other insects like bothersome flies, but since we don't have flies in the house, I also don't allow spiders..
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@bagarad (14230)
• Paso Robles, California
10 Sep 11
That's logical. Maybe you could share how you keep the flies out of the house when you open the door to come in yourself.
@jillhill (37374)
• United States
10 Sep 11
I get up and smack them....I don't like spiders...if my daughter in law were here and she saw a spider....look out! She would be running through a room screaming like she is getting hurt! LOL....she hates them....now if it were a bee or wasp....then I would also be on the run!
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• United States
10 Sep 11
You smack them with your bare hand? Ewww...I am not that brave..lol..
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@bagarad (14230)
• Paso Robles, California
10 Sep 11
I do not fear honeybees, but I respect them and, since my husband used to keep bees in the back yard, I was able to learn their ways and what provoked them. Wasps and hornets are another story. I was once in the waiting room of my doctor, who was usually very prompt about seeing patients. The waiting room was beginning to fill, and it was past my appointment time. Then the nurse came out and told everyone that the doctor was in the process of treating an unscheduled emergency -- a boy who had been stung repeatedly by hornets. I guess he was in pretty bad condition. Unless you are allergic to honeybees, one bee can't do to much damage, since it can only sting you once. Of course, if you get really close to a hive or try to rob it, you will be swarmed with stinging bees.
@GreenMoo (11836)
10 Sep 11
Spiders don't scare me, though they do make me feel a bit uncomfortable. When I can see them, I can live with them, but if I can't then I get a bit twitchy. So it's best to grab a cup and a stiff piece of card to take them outside with whilst they're in sight. If I were in the shower the spider could wait until I emerged. But if I was in bed I'm afraid I'd have to get up and deal with it if it were above the bed or anywhere close by. There's no way I could sleep if I 'lost' a spider somewhere in the sheets.
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@bagarad (14230)
• Paso Robles, California
10 Sep 11
Sounds like a rational approach. It's similar to mine but my small shower is not big enough for both me and a spider. I get out, grab a piece of toilet paper, catch it, and flush it away. Then I get back in and finish my shower.
@GreenMoo (11836)
11 Sep 11
Oh I wouldn't flush them, just relocate them. They perform a useful service after all, and it's not their fault they give me the creeps.
@suspenseful (40312)
• Canada
10 Sep 11
What I do with is brush it off. I do not want to step on them. Of course, when I was in VAncouver, B.C., I would just open the door and let him out.
@bagarad (14230)
• Paso Robles, California
10 Sep 11
I will step on them if I have shoes on and if they are on a hard floor instead of the carpet.
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@suspenseful (40312)
• Canada
11 Sep 11
The ones in Vancouver were so big that someone had to let them in. And they do not look cute.
• United States
10 Sep 11
I'm no Miss Muffett! first no way would I eat Cottage cheese straight, I think I read it is in the lasagna I like! And I am not scared of spiders in fact they are the one insect welcome in my home. I heard in a movie that it is bad luck to kill a spider , they are weavers. I think it is an Irish custom. (Any Irish MyLotters Please help me!)Anyway I love spiders, big or small!
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@bagarad (14230)
• Paso Robles, California
10 Sep 11
Do you like them in the shower or bed with you? Have you ever had a spider bite?
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• United States
11 Sep 11
They are welcome in the shower but in bed with me? Not unless they buy me dinner first, lol! As for biting , I don't think so. I assume if I had, I would know it. But then again I don't know about mosquito bites until they itch.
• Mexico
13 Sep 11
This makes no sense to me
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@bagarad (14230)
• Paso Robles, California
13 Sep 11
What makes no sense to you? The discussion subject or what the last person said? PETA is an animal rights group that pickets and does other things on behalf of animals, or their definition of what's good for animals and bad for animals.
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@estherlou (5017)
• United States
10 Sep 11
I've always hated spiders! I usually yell for hubby to come and get it. There was one night after he had gone to bed that I saw a really, really large brown spider walking across the floor. I yelled until I woke him up and made him get up to come and get the spider before it got away. He was complaining and saying "It's only a spider!" until he saw it and then he said "That IS a big spider!" If I'm alone or he's not available, I've drowned them in bug spray or taken a fly swatter to them, but I hate to do that...I don't like picking up the remains! LOL
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@bagarad (14230)
• Paso Robles, California
11 Sep 11
That must have been a humungous spider! My hubby always calls me to deal with spiders.
• Southend-On-Sea, England
10 Sep 11
I used to be terrified of spiders and would shriek, dash into another room and hope it would run away (I'd never kill one, well not intentionally). As I got older, I braved doing the card and glass bit so that I could put offending spider outside without harming it. In the past couple of years, I've been a lot better with them and am currently even allowing a large one to live in my bedroom, as my feeling now is that it's doing no harm, isn't unhygienic, doesn't make a noise, doesn't smell horrible or anything like that. I think what brought me to that feeling about spiders, was some while ago, I was sitting messing around on the computer when a huge, huge hairy monster crawled up over the edge of the surface I keep my monitor on...for some reason though, I found the way the spider did it to be quite cute, as if it was just appearing out of nowhere to say "Hello". Since that day, I've almost completely lost my fear of them.
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@bagarad (14230)
• Paso Robles, California
10 Sep 11
Spiders can be fascinating to watch. We once had a huge orb spider outside spinning a magnificent giant web between the house and a tree several yards away. I still have pictures I took of both spider and web. (Still can't share them in comments or I would.) Spiders do important jobs, and as long as our paths do not get too close to each other, I'm content to let them be. But I do get jarred when I walk between two trees and run into a web with my head and start wondering if there is a spider in my hair. I would not like to have a spider there.
@jezzmay (1845)
• United States
10 Sep 11
The first thing I do is try to kill it. I would not be able to rest until I do. I would probably scream. I hate spiders. I would do everything I could to get rid of it.
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@bagarad (14230)
• Paso Robles, California
10 Sep 11
I let a few live for insect control as long as they stay in their webs at the top of the room by the ceiling -- unless it's the bedroom. This type of spider stays put and waits for the flying insects to get caught in its web. These spiders get free rent unless I'm expecting company and need to vacuum up all spider webs, occupied or not.
@NoWayRo (1061)
• Romania
10 Sep 11
That a funny nursery rhyme I have no problem with spiders, they eat mosquitoes, and I figure the enemy of my enemy is my friend. With cockroaches, it's a different matter. Recently I found a gigantic one in my bed, just when I was about to tuck in for the night. And I mean gigantic, it was the size of a mouse. So I ran away and slept in the living room for the next week. Not even that, I couldn't even sleep for more than a couple of hours a night, I just stayed awake, playing computer games, with all the lights turned on. Cockroaches seriously freak me out
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@bagarad (14230)
• Paso Robles, California
10 Sep 11
So far I have no cockroaches in my house, but I do have sow bugs that somehow keep getting in. I think them must come in under the front door. They would take over the house if we didn't have some spiders at work here. I sweep them up every day and put them back outside, far from the door. They come in more when it's so hot outside like it is now.
@JoyfulOne (6240)
• United States
10 Sep 11
Hahaha, I just had a 'little Miss Muffet' moment the other night. I'm in my jammies and had my tv on. I was going to crawl in bed and watch some tv till I got tired. Before I even got to pull the covers back, this humongous spider went racing across and down into the area between the covers and the footboard. My cat was sleeping on the bed, saw it, jumped straight up into the air, and got off the bed so fast. I'm telling you, I ripped that bed apart while holding a shoe in my hand lol. Spiders don't usually freak me out, but when it's where I'm going to sleep, that's a whole 'nother matter!! It's funny, because everybody in the house usually hollers for me to kill a spider, yet this one had me get a little bit nuts. I usually deal with them OK, but not always!
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@bagarad (14230)
• Paso Robles, California
10 Sep 11
I think I'd act the same way. i'm always afraid to go after spiders on the bedroom wall with anything but a vacuum cleaner, becasue it's easy for them to escape onto the floor and behind something f I try to catch them in a piece of tissue and flush them down the toilet. One they escape, I never know where they will turn up next.
@louievill (27500)
• Philippines
10 Sep 11
I've had no issues with spiders, in fact I think we need them especially in our country in order to control fly and mosquito population that had caused so much illness and even deaths lately. I understand the Miss Muffet syndrome, I have lots of friends who are afraid of spiders, think the hairy ones give them goose pimples or something, but I really think it's about time we change our perception towards them. Poisonous spiders are rare in our country but I do not know about the rest, could also be a reason why people are afraid of them.
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@bagarad (14230)
• Paso Robles, California
10 Sep 11
I have no issue with any spider (if not posionous) that is outside. I allow inside spiders on a case-by-case basis. Any found in my bedroom are most likely going into the vacuum cleaner where they can fight it out.
@wolfie34 (26789)
• United Kingdom
10 Sep 11
Or that could be Mr Muffett LOL! I think men although they can be bravado can scream higher that a miss when it comes to bugs and spiders! I have big strong men who are afraid of nothing but when it comes to creepy crawlies they become a shivering mess! However I am not a burly man but I do love spiders, it is the only bug I will not kill. In fact the other week I had a spider above my bed and when I looked closer she had babies! I leave them alone and they are welcome rent free as they eat the other nasty bugs that get in. However none of our spiders are poisonous, if they were then yes I'd be doing the Miss Muffett moment!
@bagarad (14230)
• Paso Robles, California
10 Sep 11
I remember once when I reached into a cupboard to get a bag of nails. When I opened it, there was a black widow! I quickly stepped outside the door and through the bag down until she decided to leave. I don't like being surprised by black widows. I will smash or drown their egg nests when I find them outside. But I still will not tolerate any spider who is in my shower or bed. Even non-poisonous spiders can cause painful and itchy bites that take forever to heal.
@BarBaraPrz (29246)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
10 Sep 11
Spiders don't bother me. If they're somewhere they shouldn't be, I'll pick them up and put them outside. As for Miss Muffet... I was supposed to play her in a school skit but I couldn't scream. (The boy who was playing the spider had to say: Pardon me miss, is this seat taken?)
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@bagarad (14230)
• Paso Robles, California
10 Sep 11
That's cute! I love it! you are merciful. If I find them in the house, they are dispatched somehow to the next life, but not until they have eaten plenty of visiting insects. I let the daddy-long-legs variety hang around on the ceiling in their webs as insect control, but the kind that just crawl around and get where they shouldn't and bite people are eliminated.
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@zandi458 (28124)
• Malaysia
10 Sep 11
Instances like that would have made me jump and run to the exit door screaming. I am quite merciful to all God creations except for any crawling creatures.
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@bagarad (14230)
• Paso Robles, California
10 Sep 11
But if it suddenly emerges from some hiding place where you can see it in the shower with you? Where do you run when you are dripping wet?
@Rosa26 (2619)
• United States
15 Sep 11
Well one day when I was sleeping I wake up because I felt something very cold on my back, that night I left the window open and a visitor entered to "chat" guest who was the visitor!? a cold frog! , When I felt that I jumped out of my bed turned on the life and began to make the frog go way, that was a nightmare I don't know who was more nervous if the frog or me. But then and I don't know how I went back to sleep. :0)
@bagarad (14230)
• Paso Robles, California
16 Sep 11
That poor frog was probably as frightened as you. Are you normally afraid of frogs, or was it the surprise of its visit that frightened you?
@Rosa26 (2619)
• United States
16 Sep 11
Oh yes Bagarad I am afraid of frogs. And my son too, he will have to do an experiment with a frog to see the interior organs of it, and he is very scary of facing that experiment.
• United States
12 Sep 11
You smoosh it. With whatever means possible. Call PETA, but I'm horribly afraid of spiders. And worms. And snakes.
@bagarad (14230)
• Paso Robles, California
13 Sep 11
Not to worry. I won't tell them. But earthworms don't hurt anyone and do a lot of good in making better soil. Snakes can also be good guys, but most people like them to do their good where they are far enough away not to be seen.
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• United States
13 Sep 11
Oh, I know. It's not that I don't like them.I know that worms and spider, and probably snakes have valuable roles to play in our environment. I just have this crazy, irrational fear of them. There is no basis for the fear, that I know of. :o)