This is a topic I know all too well.Â I have a horrible, terrible, paralyzing fear of spiders.Â I don’t know what it is about these horrendous creatures, and I will never understand the need for them on this earth, but I absolutely HATE these 8-legged beasts with every fiber of my being.
We live in Upstate NY, and while it’s rare to have the deadly brown recluse spiders in our area, I still react to every single spider as if it’s a brown recluse, or black widow spider.Â It can be a daddy long-leg, which I’m told are so harmless it’s pathetic, I will react the same way.Â Â There’s no such thing as a “safe spider”.Â Â I don’t like ANY bug, snake or rodent, but the spider is what I fear the most.Â Â I even fear dead ones.Â How do I know they aren’t faking to be dead so they can attack me?! Hey – don’t laugh.Â There are animals that do that, so maybe spiders can too!
A couple of years ago, my boyfriend and I were getting ready to go somewhere, and as he always does, he opened the door for me, I got in, and he closed it.Â I saw something out of the corner of my eye, and I looked up.Â There was the most disgusting, hideous, frightening spider I had ever seen.Â It was fat, black and had yellow stripes on it, and it was walking up my window.Â It was almost at the top.Â I kid you not – I screamed bloody murder!!!Â My boyfriend was just getting into the driver’s seat and when he heard me screaming, he just went into panic mode.Â He didn’t know why I was screaming, or what I was screaming at.Â I was screaming, and kicking, and trying to slide backwards into the back seat of our SUV.Â But I couldn’t, because we had the back seats down and stuff in the back.Â So I just screamed and screamed.Â I seriously thought this thing was going to get on the ceiling of the SUV and either jump on me or fall down on me.Â I somehow screamed the words “SPIDER!!!!” and pointed and he saw what I was reacting to.Â He grabbed a tissue, ran around the car and opened my door, and killed it with a tissue.Â A TISSUE.Â Â A tissue?!Â If I had a gun, I would have tried shooting the stupid thing!!Â Â A tissue?Â Â He’s such…. a man.Â Â lolÂ Â Â When he got back in the car, he looked at me, and said he’s never heard a more terrifying scream in his whole life.Â He said he thought someone was coming at us with a gun or something, with the way I reacted.Â So he said he was looking around looking for someone coming at us.Â (Which I didn’t notice he was doing, because I was paralyzed with spider fear).Â He said I really startled him.Â An hour later, he said his heart was still pounding from my screaming.Â I told him, I have no control over how I react when a spider is in my presence.
It’s just as bad inside the house too.Â We got home from shopping last week, and when we got home that night, there was an enormous fat, black spider on our doorbell button!!Â I again, was paralyzed, and couldn’t even walk through the door to get inside.Â I was afraid it was going to jump on me.Â He went inside, grabbed another tissue (seriously?) and killed it, and then I was able to proceed to go inside the house.Â Yet another spider assassination attempt on my life avoided.
If Chris is not home to kill these beasts for me, I will use whatever means necessary.Â Â Screaming is a given.Â Throwing things is probable.Â I’ve been known to use hairspray (it stiffens them so you can kill them without the fear of them jumping on you), Windex (didn’t work – only makes them shiny), vacuum cleaners, brooms, etc.Â Â If I had a gun, I would probably seriously consider it, lol.
I love the Fall season, but this cooler weather really brings these things out.Â Or should I say, in.Â Â These pests try to get in your home to shelter themselves from the cold weather.
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