Spiders and bugs!

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    Sep 07, 2014 4:32 PM GMT
    Ok...this is really creeping me out right now....Spiders and bugs are finding their way into my house and are doing so in numbers I am not happy about! Have done the cleaning and re-sealing on bug bombs etc....still the fuckers are finding new homes in mine!...
    The ones that totally get me in a panic are SPIDERS!...yes I know they eat other insects and around here, are good, tend to not be venomous around here, etc....but I know my "man card" is in danger every time I see one of the bastards in the house!
    Yesterday....I was getting a clean Tee shirt...and a live spider falls out of my shirt! FUCK!....I was completely freaked! yanked everything out of dresser shook it out hard and washed it all again and now it is all in large plastic zip lock bags!....This morning....in my bed....I felt a slight movement across my chest....that woke me up! It was another spider! about 2" across, legs and body. They look like our common "Wolf Spiders"...but still...I have killed an awful lot of spiders and bugs in the house in the last 2 weeks...and then I see reports that the number of spider bites has jumped dramaticly in Columbus in the last year, including from our 2 dangerous spiders....the brown recluse and the black widow.....anyone else running this issue?
    Spiders on me and in my clothes....Oh...FUCK NO!

    WOLF SPIDER
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    BROWN RECLUSE...VERY BAD
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    BLACK WIDOW
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    Sep 07, 2014 6:00 PM GMT
    If you're getting bugs then your home is not sealed.

    The insecticide industry for home use is a crock of shit. Those monthly services are a scam.

    A bug would have to knock on my front door to get in. And he better call first. I don't even own a can of raid. I've had maybe three bugs in the house in the last five years and one I saw sneak in when I opened the door where he was hiding under.

    I use industrial strength stuff outside when ants become a problem because they can be destructive but nothing inside. This house is sealed, never sprayed.

    That's one of the reasons I like older homes because I redo them when I buy and I seal as I go. So behind all the kitchen cabinets, even electrical outlets, plumbing, lighting outlets, around windows, newly installed baseboards where required, all of that is pre-sealed before applying finishes.

    I didn't have to do much sealing where walls meet floors because I've got a real flat terrazzo so no gaps but I've also got a rental house with wood floors so behind all the baseboards I sealed like a mad man between floor and wall.

    If you don't want to rip up all your baseboards to seal behind, you can use various techniques which only might get tricky with grouted tile going under a baseboard. I'd not use caulking because that's usually rubberized so would collect dust but maybe a drywall compound you can mix up and squeeze in. That would be a problem on tile at the grout lines so for that you'd have to match the color somehow or it would look jagged.

    Weather strip doors, many people don't think of that. Make sure attic access is sealed. I even tried experimenting in one room with a real clean look that I'll take a pic of and show. What I did was remove the baseboard and then compound directly down to the floor. I wouldn't do that in a wet room like kitchen or bath but I like how it turned out in a dry room so might eventually do the house like that. Not only does it seal completely, but also it removes the baseboard so that's one less place for dust to collect.

    Anyway, maybe I'll take that pic later and post here.
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    Sep 07, 2014 8:06 PM GMT
    Probably some weird regional seasonal thing. A few years ago we had a surge in these big cockroaches. Ugly nasty fuckers, especially when they fly. I bought a box of roach traps and it's only helped a little.

    Several years ago, 10 at least probably, we had a big surge in big black crows, rooks, ravens, or whatever they're called. Now they're also a permanent fixture.
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    Sep 07, 2014 8:22 PM GMT
    killing spiders brings bad luck
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    Sep 07, 2014 8:37 PM GMT
    If you're in an area with lots of spiders, they will make their way inside your house. They can fit through very tiny cracks. Best thing to do is clean your house often. Spiders eat other bugs. So if your house is free of other bugs and you clean up the spider webs, then it makes it difficult for them to find food.

    Also, if you see an egg sack in a crevice or corner of your home, spray it with pesticide or light it on fire. icon_biggrin.gif

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    Sep 07, 2014 8:42 PM GMT
    You could also hire some exterminator service, Orkin for example, to spray around the outside of your house. I'm not keen on pesticides so I'd rather live with the bugs.
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    Sep 07, 2014 8:56 PM GMT
    They only really bother me when the eggs hatch and zillions of tiny little spiders are swarming around on everything. They sometimes cause problems in the lab.

    Flies are pretty bad this week though. I hate those pestilential things. If the cats don't clean up their food within an hour, I throw it out, because the flies are all over it and it'll be crawling with maggots by the next morning
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    Sep 07, 2014 11:23 PM GMT
    I hate them only because they infest my plants, out on my deck.
    I rarely see one inside the house, even though the door to my deck is open almost all year 'round.
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    Sep 07, 2014 11:56 PM GMT
    Hors d'oeuvres! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Sep 08, 2014 2:36 AM GMT
    mindgarden saidit'll be crawling with maggots by the next morning.

    One winter I was getting home after dark. I'd park my truck in the garage and to get to the house I'd have to go out to the back porch and then into the house. When I came home Thursday I noticed an unpleasant smell while going into the house but it was dark so I couldn't see what it was. Then Friday it was even worse. Saturday I went out onto the back porch when the sun was up and there was a dead rat on the back porch with its guts hanging out and it was moving from all of the maggots. My dern cat left me a gift.
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    Sep 08, 2014 2:39 AM GMT
    First world problems god bless..

    I had a bath yesterday and a huntsman jumped in with me and died because the water scalded him it was cute watching him crawling in with gusto and sad to see him shrivel up.
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    Sep 08, 2014 4:33 AM GMT
    I'll just put this here. icon_lol.gif



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    Sep 08, 2014 5:55 AM GMT
    OP's worst nightmare.
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    Sep 08, 2014 8:01 AM GMT
    xrichx saidI'll just put this here. icon_lol.gif
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    OMG THAT CAN'T BE REAL!!
    YUCK!!
    I yelped so loud seeing this!
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    Sep 08, 2014 1:30 PM GMT
    Go to Homo Depot. There's a spray just for spiders. It has a big spider on the can. Spray it around the baseboards of every room. Kills them for like six months.