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I don’t like spiders, but if they’re not invading my territory, I try to leave them in peace. I figure they’re doing their bit to keep the erky insect/annoying fly population down.

I don’t know what variety this one was, but unfortunately for it, it was invading my space. It was found unexpectedly waiting, having started weaving a web between my two undercover (“priority”) clothes lines outside my back door.


I’m sorry spider-lovers, but this one was disruptive enough and scary-looking enough that it had to be disposed of.

By Daniel Bowen

Transport blogger / campaigner and spokesperson for the Public Transport Users Association / professional geek.
Bunurong land, Melbourne, Australia.
Opinions on this blog are all mine.

11 replies on “Arachnocide”

Probably a St. Andrews Cross spider. Harmless to humans but scary looking I agree. We used to get them when I lived up in FNQ on our veranda.

There was a very large huntsman on our bedroom wall this morning.

I know they are harmless, but neither Judy nor I liked the thought that tonight, it might try to join us in bed.

I put a large cup over it, slid a large card underneath and tossed it into the garden.

I have a Garden Orb spider that insists on building a web between my house and garage, right across the path. If we forget its there and walk into it, we are picking web from our face and hair for quite a few minutes. I don’t like to move him though, because the webs look really quite elaborate and he is also harmless to us, but deadly on the local insect population

Oh, no, Daniel. Please say that “disposing of it” didn’t mean killing it.

I am happy to share my living space with spiders. I enjoy looking at them and their webs, and I try not to disturb them unless I really have to. That’s my excuse for hardly ever dusting. :-)

I was quite bothered recently when I inadvertently walked into and destroyed a magnificent web stretching from the clothesline, that I didn’t see because the sun was directly behind it. If I’d seen it, I would have left it there and figured out some other way to get the clothes dry.

Around the office, I’m usually the one they call for when someone has seen a spider and is freaking out, because I don’t mind picking them up and taking them outside. I’ve never been bitten. I was once on a safari ride at the Werribee Zoo, when the driver stopped and got out of the van and said, sorry, can’t go any further, there’s a great big huntsman on the rear vision mirror. I had to help retrieve the spider and put it outside so that the tour could continue. I thought that was pretty funny. The keepers aren’t scared of hippos or rhinos or anything, but are completely thrown by a little bitty spider.

That’s a great spider photo that you took, BTW, Daniel.

Bonnie (a.k.a. Crazy Spider Lady)

We have several in our garden and if they leave us alone we leave them alone. Everyone seems to have stories of garden weavers at the moment…are they newly around this year for some reason I wonder?

Yes, also support the trapping and relocation method of dealing with spiders – although I am paranoid about suspected abscess causing species….

Just spent two days off work owing to having struck myself in the eye with a gardening fork when I panicked and tried to swat a spider off my face whilst I was gardening on the weekend. The saddest thing about it is that I didn’t even have a spider on my face to start off with.

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