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    Woman starts fire to kill spider

    Woman sets home on fire trying to kill spider

    Fire department called after woman's arachnophobia gets out of hand


    A Kansas woman was arrested after police said she went to extremes trying to kill a spider.

    Ginny M. Griffith, 34, told officers in Hutchinson she set a pile of towels on fire at about 1:30 a.m. Friday in hopes of catching the spider and burning it to death...

    http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/w...pider/26725118

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    Well how else do you kill a spider?

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    How big was the spider? Maybe it was sci-fi size.


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    Quote Originally Posted by prd2bokie View Post
    How big was the spider? Maybe it was sci-fi size.

    http://www.imdb.com/media/rm42302576...6?ref_=tt_ov_i


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    Quote Originally Posted by BetteDavisEyes View Post

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marg from Oz View Post
    Well how else do you kill a spider?


    OMG... I had a neighbor who was TERRIFIED of wasps & spiders (I really am too) but she was something else. Her husband was in the Marines and always gone and she REFUSED to try to kill them herself -- she had this fear that if she tried to step on the spider it would somehow crawl from under her shoe and over to the top of her foot and bite her -- it just went on and on.

    Just so happened she was also a clean freak -- disinfected her entire house every day... so she always had a bottle of Windex handy.

    I got irritated with her calling my husband at the most inconvenient times or running out of her house screaming, "HELP!" and alarming the neighborhood so I taught her how to 'DISABLE' the spider first by soaking it with Windex and then stomping the heck out of it...

    But I think setting a fire might be too extreme even for HER! This lady must have been really, really, REALLY skeered!

    Come to think of it, I remember a disabled woman called the police sub-station (not 911) a few years back about a spider because she was afraid she couldn't kill it and that it was poisonous -- police showed up already laughing but then they saw the spider & it was hugo-mongous -- they had a video of it and shined the flashlight and one of the officers even jumped back and said, "Oh my God!!!" Hilarious...

    But seriously... A FIRE????
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    Bet she's glad she doesn't live here...



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    Ugh, I hate those things, Ausgirl. So creepy. One of the very few downsides of living in Australia, the giant spiders. Thankfully there's been none inside in my new house, yet...

    At least I know how to deal with them now.
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    The huntsman spiders here are huge but just spray them with fly spray and they end up as a little ball.


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    Nuuuu! Don't kill the huntsmans, please. They are very useful -- they eat their own body weight (what, about 3 pounds? LOL) in flies and mosquitos every day. And they are totally harmless, not aggressive at all!

    I am quite fond of all but a very few (very deadly) spider species. I allow daddy long legs, hunstmans and jumping spiders to roam my house at will. My flatmate is pretty phobic -- and even he won't kill a huntsman!

    They are easily scooped up in a jar (or in one case, long ago, a large salad bowl... heh) and released outside, where they can continue to do a good job eating peskier pests.
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    yes Ausgirl I have saved many a huntsman in a jar but when it is in my bedroom that is another matter. I would freak if one crawled on me in the night. They have to stay in the rest of the house. The same with cicadas...the nursing home where I worked was inundated with them in summer. I carried a glass around with me to catch them.
    I would have residents buzzing complaining of the noise. Climbing under beds, pulling furniture out all to find where the noise was coming from.

    No I don't kill every spider I find. I even have white tails here. My daughter at Patterson Lakes has red backs. They are everywhere.

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    Once in awhile there will be one up at the ceiling/wall, and as long as he stays up there, I'm ok.if he stays a week or so, I'll give him a name, like Harvey or something. My mom told me it was bad luck to kill one, so if its down on my level, I'll try to scoop it into a cup (disposable ) and let him outside. But a giant one? I'd get the oven cleaner or bleach or something and freak out!
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    I had to laugh when I read this, even though it's not funny that this woman wound up accidently setting her house on fire! I too am terrified of spiders, and have done some kinda crazy things to kill them, but setting anything on fire isn't one of them!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ausgirl View Post
    Bet she's glad she doesn't live here...



    These guys are all over the house in summer.
    now that's impressive!


    I understand you have big flying cockroaches there too

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