Wednesday, February 06, 2008

ees no block weedow

after killing a spider behind the dryer last month, i looked at all the windows and corners of the house and found a couple more webs and spiders i thought could be black widows. i called my landlords and they had their friend who has a terminix business come over to look and spray. i showed him and the landlord the webs and the dead spider behind the dryer and the exterminator who is from brazil said "Ees no block weedow." i said "are you sure? it had a red spot on it?" he just shook his head chuckling & said "Ees no block weedow. You know block weedow? Ees big. Ees no block weedow" like i am a nutty broad. he said the spiders and webs i showed him are not poisonous spiders but he went around spraying all the corners with some horrible chemicals anyway just so i wouldn't worry & pronounced me spider free.

well i'm worried. the dryer needs real attention so i finally went down with tweezers & a plastic bag & put the spider carcass in there so i could look at it. how could an exterminator laugh me off that this is a black widow? it shrunk from being sprayed with bleach, but isn't this a red spot?




and still in the same window that i originally showed him is this lovely animal. is this not a black widow? am i a nutty broad? help me out here guy.







baby widows on the way?

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

ees a black widow. fo sho.

kid D said...

i say "ees a black widow". it's hanging belly upward and has a red spot. don't believe the exterminator.

bobby huntington said...

escuza but you eez no nutty broad. I don't know what it is but it is scarey. You should start carrying a gun.

mappycamper said...

don't worry skippy haha....mappycamper is used to little critters...i'll take care of those arachnids for you in 10 days...
woop woop !

zen said...

it very well could be and from the looks of things probably is.

They're small, and their little hourglass can be misshapen and hardly noticable. Also, their webs aren't like garden spiders all in one plane, but like a random mishmosh of lines going everywhichway, which is what it looks like in one of the shots.

Do be careful to get that eggsack - it looks a bit large maybe, but it's hard to tell.

sorry about that!

skippy haha said...

thank you spider fans! zen that was my first clue, its web was very strong and messy full of leaves & bugs and not symmetrical...i just wholly believed the exterminator...stupidly...i just got the eggsacs with some bleach spray...waiting for the mama to come back & maybe i'll spray her...a big breakthrough last night when a friend clued me in that the top of windows just slide right down the same way the bottoms slide up. now i can get them! adios block weedow!

jason said...

I'm pretty certain those are black widows, skippy. I had the unfortunate experience of finding several in my in-law's backyard here in Colorado while doing some landscaping this summer. It sounds like the Brazilian tragically assumes that if something is dangerous, it's supposed to be BIG...

I would certainly get those things removed - but I'm a bit paranoid ever since I was bit by a brown recluse when I lived in VA.

skippy haha said...

jason, what happened when you got bit by the recluse? did you see it bite you? aaahhhhhh!!!

i juss keeled the weedow! i sprayed its window corner with bleach & its web disintegrated & it came out to see what happened & i sprayed the hell out of it. it's dead at the bottom of the windowbox. yessss!!! ding dong the weedows dead.

Jessica K. said...

Dude, not to repeat what everyone has already said, but that is totally a black widow. When I did the google search for "black widow spider eggs" what I got back was exactly what you found in your house.

Creepy!

We haven't killed ours, yet. It's in an old jalapeno jar with a ladybug we're hoping it will eat. Not sure why...

jason said...

skippy,
no I didn't see the brown recluse bite me, nor did I feel it. After about a week with a nasty looking sore on my ankle, the severe head/back/neck pain set it, and I took a cab to the emergency room. They kept me for three days ruling out what they could e.g. a spinal tap for meningitis, CT scan for brain issues, blood work for west nile virus - which they initially thought I had and kept me somewhat quarantined... that was nice. It was the CAT scan operator who noticed the sore on my ankle and was like "What is THAT?!?" From there, the docs pieced it together. They cleaned up the ankle and sent me home. I wasn't right for about a month.

F@*$in' spiders.

skippy haha said...

wow jason that is intense! seriously f*(&in spiders. havent seen any brown recluses around. yet. dont they know they have all the woods in the world to live in? why my windows and garage? the warmth? bastards.