Wednesday, July 22, 2009

About ready to throw up the white flag

Remember my first post about the new house? Remember how I mentioned there seemed to be a lot of spiders? I didn't want to spray any type of chemicals in my new house so we opted for another measure. We bought these Black & Decker things that you plug into the wall and they "emit" a high pitch noise that only spiders can hear. It's supposed to run them off. We've got them placed in the TV room, our bedroom and the kitchen.

It seems to be working. I think. Or so I thought. Now, I'm not so sure. I think the spiders may be mocking me.

I went to grab my favorite water bottle to refill it last night. I left it out on the counter to dry out from Tuesday's workout. I had just pulled off the top, which was just leaning on the rim, when I discovered it: there, in my favorite water bottle was a spider! One that had been in it long enough to spin a web. Seriously, these little buggers work quickly! As I started yelling (OK, swearing) the damn thing started crawling up the web as if to attack me. So I drowned the sucker. It was purely a defensive move.

If anyone has any other ideas on how to deal with spiders that don't contain lots of chemicals (although I'm willing to compromise here), I'm eager to hear them.


IdahoGirls said...

I don't think those Black and Decker things work - we tried that route and I remember finding a nice cobweb around one of them one day. Lovely!! You either need to figure out a way to live harmoniously with your egg-legged furry friend or you may have to call in the big stuff!!

Shannon said...

AACK! Meg, I would have FREAKED OUT if I found that thing in my water bottle! Way to go on the defensive attack. You're a brave girl.

I have to say, we've had a spider problem too -- last night I was about to walk down the hallway when I noticed something dark on the wall. I stopped in my tracks, turned on the light, and there it was -- a giant, evil, hairy brown spider. You know how sometimes you try to scream in a whisper? That's what I had to do, in order to keep Kellan from waking up while notifying Michael the Spider Killer that he had a job to do. It was a horrid creature.

I've heard of bug spraying services that are supposedly non-toxic and safe for kids/animals, so maybe that would be a good way to go. Maybe I should call a service like that too. Don't think I can take another hallway heart attack.

Jen said...

This is horrible because I try to be a "green" person, but when I comes to spiders I am all about chemicals. What ever it takes to kill the little buggers!!!

Sasha said...

I opened my fridge today and there was a spider spinning a web. Little thing snuck in with the CSA veggies. I laughed then picked it up and put it in a plant outside.

Sorry, I can't relate, I don't mind spiders. But I hope you can find a chemical-free way to encourage them to stay out of your home.