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Diatribe: Burning Down Your House To Kill A Spider.


WHAT spider.pubA few weeks ago we had guests spend the weekend with us.  They stayed in a guest room that, honestly, doesn’t get used very often.  We keep some clothes in the closet but mostly the door stays closed to keep pets out and the room undisturbed.

When we returned from a nice evening out on their second night with us, we heard a scream as one of them entered their room.  There was a large spider in the waste basket in the corner.  I went to investigate and found, inside the white container, the largest spider I have ever seen inside my house in all of the many years that we’ve lived in it.

We couldn’t figure out how the lone arachnid had managed to climb into the waste basket because, due to its smooth surface, it appeared to be unable to crawl back out to escape.  To be sure that there were no surprises as I removed the unwanted beast from the premises, I covered the container with a sheet of plastic from some nearby dry cleaning and quickly carried it outdoors.

“Now all that we have to worry about is its mother,“ I said.

No one was amused.

Our home suffered no damage as a result of the spider removal.

SpiderOn Tuesday night, a man in Seattle, Washington took a different approach when removing a spider from his laundry room that resulted in at least $60,000 worth of damages.  Apparently, he tried to use a can of spray paint and a lighter to kill a spider.  The spider tried to flee into the wall but he continued to use his spray paint and lighter in an effort to kill the invader but only managed to set the wall ablaze.  The fire quickly spread to the attic and firefighters were called to the scene.

“There are safer, more effective ways to kill a spider than using fire.  Fire is not the method to use to kill a spider.” – Kyle Moore, Seattle Fire Department

The house, which is a rental home, is expected to cost about $40,000 to repair and it is estimated that it will cost an additional $20,000 to repair or replace the contents of the home that were damaged or destroyed by the fire.

While no remains were recovered, it is assumed that the spider did not survive the fire.


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  1. I am now singing “Burnin down the house.” Mark Twain had it right; “common sense is not that common.”


  2. thedogs'mother permalink

    I have a spider catching device. A glass jar with an index card I slide underneath. Once had a spider that lived in my delete key – had to type verrrrry carefully for a while….


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