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...I an unfamiliar with high end cameras, but I assume you did not opt for a macro lens, so, my guess, or I should say hope, is that you zoomed in quite a bit. I only say this because for some reason, with the angle change from wall to ceiling, and the excellent detail, that spider looks the size of a rat. Wtih nothing else to scale it against, it looms pretty large
That's what I was thinking! And sorry, but any thread full of spider pictures is NOT comforting!
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I an unfamiliar with high end cameras, but I assume you did not opt for a macro lens, so, my guess, or I should say hope, is that you zoomed in quite a bit. I only say this because for some reason, with the angle change from wall to ceiling, and the excellent detail, that spider looks the size of a rat. Wtih nothing else to scale it against, it looms pretty large
Hahaha, yep there was no way I was going to attempt a Macro! I'd estimate the spider to be about 3 inches.

And I wouldn't usually find a thread about spiders to be comforting, but to know that I wasn't alone with my arachnophobia did provide a little comfort
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Re: GIGANTIC spiders in Switzerland...

felt something move as I was about to pour the washing liquid. Left me traumatized for a week at least.
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I was just about to turn out the lights for bed when I saw a spider AT LEAST 7 inches wide on my wall. I'm arachnophobic and ran to get some spray to get rid of it but when I got back, it was gone...

There's no one around to kill it for me and the prospect of entering the room again is irrationally terrifying. A quick google search says that Switzerland has no poisonous spiders but still, is this normal for the spiders to be this gigantic? Getting some spider spray or what have you ASA-freaking-P tomorrow morning...


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Go in Amazonia you'll see what's "gigantic"
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Re: GIGANTIC spiders in Switzerland...

Glad to know that I'm not the only one that has issues with arachnid "friends" entering the home uninvited. Last month as we were starting to get settled in our place I opened the basement windows to air the place out. No screens=BIG mistake....
I was able to dispatch one after a "chase" and my better half took care of the second one as it was up too high for me to do in.

I cringe each time I have to walk into the room where they were located and quickly do a scan to make sure they don't have remaining family members lurking in corners.
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Old 24.10.2014, 23:45
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Re: GIGANTIC spiders in Switzerland...

I am terrified of the kind of house spiders on this thread, but also have some perverse need to look at them
For anyone else like me, watch BBC 4, Weds 29 Oct at 23.00. Spider House.
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I am terrified of the kind of house spiders on this thread, but also have some perverse need to look at them
For anyone else like me, watch BBC 4, Weds 29 Oct at 23.00. Spider House.
Just saw the trailer ...... looks good
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That's what I was thinking! And sorry, but any thread full of spider pictures is NOT comforting!
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Re: GIGANTIC spiders in Switzerland...

Leave the spiders alone! They're really cool predators who gobble up things you don't want in your home (such as mosquitoes). Kind of like how cats used to be.

While I don't leave obvious cobwebs around (unless there's an active spider on it...), the site of even huge ones engenders only mild curiosity. Certainly wouldn't dream of killing one.

Think of them as little (ok, quite big) insect-eating robots. (Like a Roomba).
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Old 25.10.2014, 09:16
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We left the spindly spiders alone one year, and noticed far fewer house spiders. And far more mosquitos. The spindlies eat house spiders when they're small, and it seems the house spiders are better at getting mossies.

I used to be arachnophobic, and still don't particularly like handling them, but what changed for me was when I focussed on the body, instead of the legs - then they're nothing but eight-legged beetles. And I don't mind beetles.
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Old 25.10.2014, 10:20
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Wolli, you're not helping!
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Re: GIGANTIC spiders in Switzerland...

One lazy cat i had would watch the big ones walk around the room at the top of the wall. She'd go to sleep, wake up and check out the spider.

And wait, until it got down to her height on the back of the couch and gobbled up (the spider, not the cat).

Myself, during this, was freaking out. Shouting "Get it, get it" in English and French. I couldn't even go near it with a newspaper to coax it towards Miss Lazy. I think the cat was teasing me.
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Re: GIGANTIC spiders in Switzerland...

These home spiders what we see in CH are harmless. what's scary is a breed of spiders which attack and kill humans and large animals? they actually jump and sting. typically a group of 5-6 target their prey in tandem. I faintly recall their mention in a national geographic documentary. They came to continental Europe accidentally from the ships returning after colonial conquests from America. But the climate here was too cold and they gradually died. but few varieties somehow survived by cross breeding and migration to warmer countries. but for hundreds of years they have been relatively lost. but since last few years as climates here are getting warmer, some of them are evolving again. one spider colony was spotted in Holland in 2010 . does someone remember the name of this specie?
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Re: GIGANTIC spiders in Switzerland...

What we used to do back in the States was use super-hold hair-spray.. Seemed to work reasonably well.. the little buggers would dash off, make it about a foot or two and start... slooooooowing... dooooooooooown. Cleanup was easy after that.
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What we used to do back in the States was use super-hold hair-spray.. Seemed to work reasonably well.. the little buggers would dash off, make it about a foot or two and start... slooooooowing... dooooooooooown. Cleanup was easy after that.
I am not a spider fan, but never kill them, and that seems downright cruel!
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I am not a spider fan, but never kill them, and that seems downright cruel!
I suppose it probably was in retrospect, but this is what (stupid) boys did back in the 80's.. Then again, they were bugs and, as kids, we didn't care a whole lot about them back then. Not to speak for others of my gender, but I would be genuinely surprised if no one else did stuff like that. (Or other things like ants and magnifying glasses, a perennial childhood favourite..)

Yeah, guess we were cruel little bastards, the more I think about it..
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I didn't realise you were a child when you did that, hopefully you don't still do it.
Actually, my now 83 year old mother once told me that she used to pull legs off spiders as a child.
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Wolli, you're not helping!

I three years ago made a deal. I told a Spider who wanted my balcony that "she" could have the area outside and below the balcony but not inside. No longer around, apparently retired
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I didn't realise you were a child when you did that, hopefully you don't still do it.
Actually, my now 83 year old mother once told me that she used to pull legs off spiders as a child.
My own grandmother still uses the hairspray method!
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