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What's the biggest you've ever seen?

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H1954 Tue 10-Sep-19 10:41:30

Sitting enjoying my morning tea and I heard a strange rustling sound. Thinking it may be a creature in the garden border, which is almost directly under the window, I cautiously moved to take a look. Nothing in the garden but the sound was being made by THE BIGGEST SPIDER I've ever seen as it scurried up the blackout lining on the curtains! It was huge, had knobbly knees, goggly eyes and was wearing clogs! 😱

MissAdventure Sat 14-Sep-19 19:53:49

I have just been sorting out my back doorstep, which has pots, and plants, and brooms and canes on it..

I'm sure you can see where this is leading..

I moved a lovely sunburst plaque a bit, and out can a huge black spider!

Sara65 Sat 14-Sep-19 17:37:22


I so sympathise, I too feel ill, l was very anxious about returning to this thread, incase anyone had posted anymore terrifying pictures

Every autumn my husband goes all around the outside of the house with an industrial vacuum, clearing away all the cobwebs, I have those electronic devices everywhere, which I think do help. But I’m still a bag of nerves, I can’t even bear to hear the word

Tedber Sat 14-Sep-19 17:04:06

Hahaha. Hilarious thread.

Don’t know if it helps but I have found that since spraying the carpets with flea spray since one year our cat developed lots... we have never had the big spiders in house that used to come in around now (September). Coincidence? Maybe but I keep spraying every six months? Might be worth a try?

Gonegirl Fri 13-Sep-19 11:57:34

I might start another thread. "What's the biggest you've ever been?"

Alima Fri 13-Sep-19 11:11:17

When we first got married I lobbed a spider at DH. (Wouldn’t do that now though, cruel). How was I to know he was frightened of spiders? They don’t bother me at all. I am frightened to death at the thought of driving though so if I can help by relocating any you have could you come and pick me up please.

Jani31 Fri 13-Sep-19 08:12:53

Last night as I went to put on the bedroom light, a huge Daddy Long Legs was sat next to it 😱 Found a cup, sliding a piece of paper under it before chucking it out the bathroom window x And yes I had to open up this thread as it intrigued me 😂

Alittlemadam Thu 12-Sep-19 18:31:58

I call them Boris. I hate the damn thing's, can't step over them, walk past them and depending in the size they reduce tears.

If I never saw one again it would be too soon

MissAdventure Thu 12-Sep-19 16:50:24

There is absolutely no chance I'd drape toilet paper over the bath to let a spider out! shock

Magrithea Thu 12-Sep-19 16:02:02

BradfordLass72 Thu 12-Sep-19 06:06:00

If you find a spider in your bath, drape a length of toilet paper from where it is, over the edge of the bath and then leave it. It'll make its way up and out.

Cute song about a poor, wee spider:

Madmaggie Wed 11-Sep-19 23:54:06

HI924 ooh you are awful, nudgenudge wink wink.

Madmaggie Wed 11-Sep-19 23:52:19

I've just chased a bat out of the holiday we're in - taken us two days because its open plan and he can fly! He was quite beautiful when we got up close.

Bijou Wed 11-Sep-19 22:18:41

I would sooner have spiders than flies which I hate. I have a large spider which runs across the living room floor in the evening and disappears into the empty fireplace.
Once in France. I was bitten by a tiny spider. It was very painful for a day

Evie64 Wed 11-Sep-19 20:35:23

When we lived in Greece there was a massive one living under our outside stairs. It was wearing a red hat! We called it Sidney.

Hetty58 Wed 11-Sep-19 20:03:16

I worked with a 'spiderphobic' and was (unofficially) assigned the spider catching and removal duties. Once, I had a desperate call on the classroom phone as she was trapped in her office with a spider sitting above the door!

agnurse Wed 11-Sep-19 19:14:41

My kid told me that a former colleague of mine (my kid knew her through her mum's drama group) found a tarantula in her bananas once! My colleague didn't feel it was right to kill the tarantula because it had been through so much to get here, so she and her husband named the thing Lady and kept it as a pet for several years.

valerieanne216 Wed 11-Sep-19 19:03:44

Oh dear! I bet they are much more
frightened of you than you are of them, think how tiny they are in comparison to us. they don't eat human food they
kill and eat bugs, I like to get close-up with a magnifying glass to have a good look at them, they are amazing little creatures.

Tinker18 Wed 11-Sep-19 18:00:31

I'm ok-ish with spiders, enough to catch them and put them outside, but daddy long legs have to die! 😩

sparkly1000 Wed 11-Sep-19 17:24:42

I had whopper that lived in my veg rack in the kitchen for two years, I called her Hairy Mary. One morning I found that Hairy Mary had fallen into my sink so I carefully scooped her out and gently dropped her on the floor behind me. Big mistake!
Unbeknown to me my greedy Labrador had entered the kitchen.
There was a scuffle of paws and a great smacking of lips.
Sadly Hairy Mary was no more.

HurdyGurdy Wed 11-Sep-19 16:56:04

Many many years ago, we had one that was so big that when it walked across our lounge floor, we could actually hear its footsteps. No exaggeration!

Thankfully I'm not at all bothered by them, but my sister in law, who was staying at the time, was hysterical and climbed up onto the back of the sofa. Which fortunately, was against a wall grin

GreenGran78 Wed 11-Sep-19 16:55:25

I rarely see spiders when visiting the family in Australia, but you learn to be cautious about putting your fingers where they might be lurking. When my Aussie DIL lived with us in the UK I had to stop her from swatting ever one she saw.
Talking of 5" crickets - my DH was trying to get a photo of one which was on the top of the door frame. He had the camera up to his eye when the cricket suddenly leapt on to his head. Luckily the camera strap was around his neck, or it would have gone flying! We all nearly wet ourselves laughing!

starlily106 Wed 11-Sep-19 16:04:22

Years ago we had a huge spider which visited the sitting room every evening, and perambulated around for ages, we decided to call it Clyde as the dog was called Bonnie, and I think she thought it was a friend as she followed it around but never tried to catch it. If we said "Where's Clyde "? she would sit and look around the room, examining the walls and carpet looking for it. It suddenly vanished underneath an armchair and was never seen again.

sharon103 Wed 11-Sep-19 16:02:16

What's the biggest you've ever seen? Now that would be telling H1954 grin
Oh spiders? smile Years ago I went to close my daughters bedroom curtains and a gigantic spider was sitting in between the folds! I've never seen one as big as that since. I pressed the two folds together and killed it.
I hate the crunch when the big bodied ones ket killed.
I don't mind the smaller versions though, I pick them up and put them outside.

icanhandthemback Wed 11-Sep-19 14:39:15

Spiders make me physically sick and this time of year is my most anxious time. I am so phobic that I couldn't have a picture of one against me. I try to be brave but I am just repulsed by them. I have been known to turn up at the DH's place of work in a nightie to get him to rescue me before the days of mobile phones. People think it is really funny that I get so panic stricken but I nearly killed myself swerving across 4 lanes of traffic when one fell off the visor. It was an instinctive reaction to just get away. I don't mind anything else in the same way.

giulia Wed 11-Sep-19 14:07:15

I live in Central Italy. Here the spiders are not so huge, fat and hairy as I remember them being in England - Always found one sitting in the bath when I wanted to use it!

In my house, they have smallish, round bodies but endlessly long skinny legs but they BOUNCE up and down when you get near them. Most peculiar! I think they think they are frightening when they do this.