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hkcool 11.06.2013 23:13

GIGANTIC spiders in Switzerland...
 
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...

TiMow 11.06.2013 23:14

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Probably an octopus, or a small spider in front of a spot light, playing shadow theatre - but don't kill it; you'll be grateful when he catches and eats all the mossies.

rpeg 11.06.2013 23:24

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I am yet to see any evidence Switzerland has insects even remotely proportional to those in Australia.

The first time I actually found a spider in my bedroom, I honestly wondered whether it had accompanied me from Australia and had been hibernating somewhere in my suitcase for months.

MathNut 11.06.2013 23:26

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According to the internets, the largest spider that should be native to this part of the world has a maximum size of 4 inches across (and typical for that species is more like 3 inches).

So either you have an escaped exotic on your hands - does one of your neighbors keep spiders? - or else the critter wasn't actually nearly as big as it looked. (Small comfort, I know. ;))

adrianlondon 11.06.2013 23:28

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HKcool, location NY, spiders where?

mirfield 11.06.2013 23:31

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Well her boyfriend's been telling her...

hkcool 11.06.2013 23:31

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Quote:

Originally Posted by adrianlondon (Post 1901944)
HKcool, location NY, spiders where?

Haven't updated that but I'm in Zürich. Oerlikon to be more specific.

TiMow 11.06.2013 23:36

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If you believe you've seen a spider here, measuring 7ins., then you're certainly welcome to flatter me, too.

Returner 12.06.2013 00:14

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Don't believe it was that big!

Guest 12.06.2013 01:42

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As I'm sure your girlfriend will concur, most things estimated in inches are wild exaggerations.

Captain Greybeard 12.06.2013 01:43

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Quote:

Originally Posted by TiMow (Post 1901958)
If you believe you've seen a spider here, measuring 7ins., then you're certainly welcome to flatter me, too.

It's a good thing this thread has no pictures.

poptart 12.06.2013 02:22

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Captain Greybeard (Post 1902005)
It's a good thing this thread has no pictures.

There is one thread which I distinctly remember as I stopped looking once someone posted a picture of an arachnid of the size the OP mentions from somewhere in Switzerland. I won't go looking for it as I'm not a fan of spiders, but it's on here somewhere and I still get the creepy crawlies just from thinking about it.

As for the OP, there are some seriously ranch-sized spiders in Switzerland. I didn't open my windows the entire year as hundreds of spiders made camp outside the windows (without screens) due to the proximity of the outdoor lamps (which then cast very, very creepy shadows in the bedrooms at night...). The street lamps had similar camps of spiders that were so large I could see them without my glasses from 100m or thereabouts. I don't begrudge them until they enter my home at which point I become rather homicidal to the 8-legged kind.

Wallabies 12.06.2013 05:55

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Quote:

Originally Posted by poptart (Post 1902010)

As for the OP, there are some seriously ranch-sized spiders in Switzerland. I didn't open my windows the entire year as hundreds of spiders made camp outside the windows (without screens) due to the proximity of the outdoor lamps (which then cast very, very creepy shadows in the bedrooms at night...). The street lamps had similar camps of spiders that were so large I could see them without my glasses from 100m or thereabouts. I don't begrudge them until they enter my home at which point I become rather homicidal to the 8-legged kind.

Where are they never seen anything but tiny harmless ones here? In fact the number of spiders overall is exceptionally small

Jobsrobertsharpii 12.06.2013 06:39

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Wallabies (Post 1902023)
Where are they never seen anything but tiny harmless ones here? In fact the number of spiders overall is exceptionally small

Now... You're just being contrary...

While most are exceptionally small, I've seen dozens of spiders on just one bush here. Spiders are NOT an endangered species here...

OP- are you sure it wasn't some type of daddy long legs? Something with a tiny body, but long legs?

Wollishofener 12.06.2013 06:41

Re: GIGANTIC spiders in Switzerland...
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by hkcool (Post 1901932)
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...


YES it is normal after the 7th dl of whisk(e)y :D

Mélusine 12.06.2013 06:49

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I've had such a monster in my place last year. I can't upload the pic from my iPad, but believe me it was terrifying.

Now, of course it was not the body that was 10 cm wide, but the body plus the gigantic legs reached a diameter of a good 15 cm.

If I'm not mistaken they are called Tegenaire spiders in French (spelling?). They are totally harmless but can reach truly impressive sizes.

Wollishofener 12.06.2013 06:55

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Mélusine (Post 1902035)
I've had such a monster in my place last year. I can't upload the pic from my iPad, but believe me it was terrifying.

Now, of course it was not the body that was 10 cm wide, but the body plus the gigantic legs reached a diameter of a good 15 cm.

If I'm not mistaken they are called Tegenaire spiders in French (spelling?). They are totally harmless but can reach truly impressive sizes.

If meeting such a beast again, try to displace it onto the balcony. Succeeded once two years ago, and the beast killed all wasps and other such things, while residing just outside my balcony.

StarbugHayley 12.06.2013 07:18

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As a geeky biologist...
it's almost assuredly Tegenaria duellica.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giant_house_spider

Weirdly enough, the only other place these horrid things are found is the west coast of Canada (Vancouver - my home city!).

They're awful looking, but they're really harmless. That said I nearly peed myself when I saw one in the hallway last summer. And my husband who will squish arachnids with his hand if required was so put off by the enormity of the thing (>10cm in diameter, or 4") he went and sought The Sunday Edition of the paper to swat it with.

Left a terrible squish on the wall. We left it there a few days for the landlord to see, and as a warning to other creepy crawlies to stay inside the walls!!

Here's some general spider tips that help me sleep at night when I've had a similar experience:
  • pull your bed away from the wall so they can't crawl onto it
  • don't let your blankets touch the floor
  • put double-sided sticky tape on the legs of your bed to prevent them from crawling up (warning: you might accidentally 'catch' one this way!)
  • consider getting an energetic pet cat or a pet gecko!
  • put down glue traps (cruel to all creatures - not sure I can stomach this, but my neighbour can. The worst part is disposing of the traps with a giant spider in it, apparently!)
  • go on a sealing and caulking spree and hermetically seal your apartment!
  • go on vacation during August and September when all these suckers come out looking for some rumpy-pumpy!
  • get a boyfriend who will dispatch the horrid beasties when they appear. Then marry him so you'll have free, on-demand pest-control for life. (This is what I did - I can highly recommend it!).
  • wear slippers around the house (my friend stepped on one of these in the dark once. It went crunch and she's never been quite right since!), but maybe have a glance in them before you put in your feet..
As Poptart mentioned, there are several old posts on this topic. I don't recommend them if you don't like photos of giant, awful spiders.

The most scary one (IMO) was taken by an EF member of a giant spider on her cupboard doors.... it gives me nightmares. :msnsick:

TiMow 12.06.2013 07:26

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All you need to do, is gently cup both hands around it, until it crawls on one and just put it outside - there is absolutely no need to squash spiders.

StarbugHayley 12.06.2013 07:27

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Also, if it makes you feel any better, they have the World Record as the fastest 'true spiders'! So you probably didn't have much of a chance of catching it. Hopefully it retreated quickly from whence it came....

I'd seriously putty up any cracks around the window frames, doorways, baseboards, cupboards, etc. That's my strategy anyway. Urgh.

3Wishes 12.06.2013 08:26

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Mélusine (Post 1902035)
...If I'm not mistaken they are called Tegenaire spiders in French (spelling?). They are totally harmless but can reach truly impressive sizes.

Googled it and sure enough, that's the suckers that hang out in my house. We have an agreement.

Spiders - We stay in our hiding places and eat all sorts of bugs and mossies. Occasionally you dust away our webs but we just rebuild.
Me - If I see you out of a hiding place I squish you.

Works pretty well, actually. :D They are far too fast to just cup in your hands and run out the door.

NotAllThere 12.06.2013 08:33

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Quote:

Originally Posted by StarbugHayley (Post 1902043)
...get a boyfriend who will dispatch the horrid beasties when they appear. Then marry him so you'll have free, on-demand pest-control for life...

That's why I married my wife. However, I am no longer arachnophobic, so I will remove them on behalf of my daughter who is phobic.

Beware of picking up any spider with your bare hands. Although no spider in Switzerland has venom capable of causing much harm, they can bite and it can be a bit sore. There's no point in putting a house spider outside - they'll only wander back in again.

Outdoor spiders like living outdoors and are unlikely to come inside.

TiMow 12.06.2013 08:41

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Quote:

Originally Posted by NotAllThere (Post 1902081)
That's why I married my wife. However, I am no longer arachnophobic, so I will remove them on behalf of my daughter who is phobic.

Beware of picking up any spider with your bare hands. Although no spider in Switzerland has venom capable of causing much harm, they can bite and it can be a bit sore. There's no point in putting a house spider outside - they'll only wander back in again.

Outdoor spiders like living outdoors and are unlikely to come inside.

If you could ask the spider, it would probably tell you that it's better to be put outside than be squashed.

If you handle spiders gently, they don't bite ....... well I've never been bitten, and I've handled many. Failing that, the old glass and piece of card trick.

sedalbj 12.06.2013 08:49

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Does anyone know, do spiders prefer wooden or concrete walls, or does it not matter to them? I have been very (pleasantly) surprised that we haven't seen very many bugs here since I am the one always called on to take care of any non-human visitor.

Wollishofener 12.06.2013 08:51

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Quote:

Originally Posted by NotAllThere (Post 1902081)
That's why I married my wife. However, I am no longer arachnophobic, so I will remove them on behalf of my daughter who is phobic.

Beware of picking up any spider with your bare hands. Although no spider in Switzerland has venom capable of causing much harm, they can bite and it can be a bit sore. There's no point in putting a house spider outside - they'll only wander back in again.

Outdoor spiders like living outdoors and are unlikely to come inside.

Spiders I did put outside NEVER wandered back in again ! Alright, I explained them my position and they apparently listened :D

Slaphead 12.06.2013 09:13

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Quote:

Originally Posted by StarbugHayley (Post 1902043)
As a geeky biologist...
it's almost assuredly Tegenaria duellica.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giant_house_spider

I agree. That's probably the biggest spider you'll find here, or in northern Europe in general.

It is, however, a bit early in the year for them to be so blatently in the open. Late summer and early autumn tends to be when you see these (the males) running around looking for a mate. For most of the year they hole themselves up and snack on passing insects.

Anyway they're mostly harmless (they can nip, but it's very rare) and keep the nasty bugs at bay. If you really can't stand them in your house then a large glass and a piece of paper is all you need to catch them and deposit them outside. Don't kill them as they are good things really, and not nasty in anyway other than people's misinformed perceptions about them.

Pancakes 12.06.2013 09:24

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Don't worry. It will probably just crawl up your nose while you're sleeping... never to be seen again. :)

TidakApa 12.06.2013 09:29

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This are still my favourite spider video's:

Both need sound.
(but safe for sensitive audiences)

(sorry about the ad at the start. I couldn't find a clip without it. Just skip it)



i-b-deborah 12.06.2013 09:44

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Was it hairy?

It's likely, if it was THAT big, that someone has lost their pet Bird Spider, please don't kill it, the ensuing mess will make you spew, which makes more mess.... it's a vicious cycle.

Corbets 12.06.2013 10:45

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Quote:

Originally Posted by TiMow (Post 1902089)
If you could ask the spider, it would probably tell you that it's better to be put outside than be squashed.

Probably. But if it could answer, I'd probably panic (even more) and squish it even faster.

princessduck 12.06.2013 10:49

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Quote:

Originally Posted by TidakApa (Post 1902126)
This are still my favourite spider video's:

Both need sound.
(but safe for sensitive audiences)

(sorry about the ad at the start. I couldn't find a clip without it. Just skip it)



I am terrified by spiders BUUUUT I am a very curious person so I watched the first video and I yelled in the same time the little girl yelled. :msngrin::msnblush:.
When I have a spider in the house...I call my husband...he doesn't kill the spider though, he says the spider eats the little creatures around the house.

Chuff 12.06.2013 10:54

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Corbets (Post 1902192)
Probably. But if it could answer, I'd probably panic (even more) and squish it even faster.

If Spiders could speak, people would quickly go insane or die of freight. Imagine laying in bed then suddenly hearing a small and raspy voice echoing around the room...

"I must confess to you, I'm giving very serious thought... to eating your wife."

https://encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com/i...aQJ7hAnkoiKOLs

:msnshock:

TidakApa 12.06.2013 10:55

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Quote:

Originally Posted by princessduck (Post 1902198)
I am terrified by spiders BUUUUT I am a very curious person so I watched the first video and I yelled in the same time the little girl yelled. :msngrin::msnblush:.

I hope you're wearing your brown undies when you watch the other video.
Crack Cocaine Spider's are clearly the most dangerous of all.

http://t1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:A...rdi8NQzTX2&t=1

Pancakes 12.06.2013 10:59

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That spiders on drugs film is hilarious!

Leomas 12.06.2013 11:23

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There is a brilliant website, www.whatsthatbug.com where you can search for all manner of critters. They even have advice on how to escort them out of the house....

Should warn you that some of the pictures are just a teensy bit scary though

aSwissInTheUS 12.06.2013 11:52

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Could have been a daddy longleg?

Either the winged insect one (called Schnake in German)
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...kenpaarung.jpg

or the spidery one (called Weberknecht in German or Zimmermann in Swiss-German)
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...erknecht_1.jpg


https://i.chzbgr.com/maxW500/7541339648/hCF372E3F/

princessduck 12.06.2013 12:24

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Leomas (Post 1902234)
There is a brilliant website, www.whatsthatbug.com where you can search for all manner of critters. They even have advice on how to escort them out of the house....

Should warn you that some of the pictures are just a teensy bit scary though

Bhhh couldn't watch all of them! :msnsick:
I will be on a diet for few days..can't eat anymore...

Mélusine 12.06.2013 13:05

Re: GIGANTIC spiders in Switzerland...
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by StarbugHayley (Post 1902043)
As a geeky biologist...
it's almost assuredly Tegenaria duellica.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giant_house_spider

Weirdly enough, the only other place these horrid things are found is the west coast of Canada (Vancouver - my home city!).

They're awful looking, but they're really harmless. That said I nearly peed myself when I saw one in the hallway last summer. And my husband who will squish arachnids with his hand if required was so put off by the enormity of the thing (>10cm in diameter, or 4") he went and sought The Sunday Edition of the paper to swat it with.

Left a terrible squish on the wall. We left it there a few days for the landlord to see, and as a warning to other creepy crawlies to stay inside the walls!!

Here's some general spider tips that help me sleep at night when I've had a similar experience:
  • pull your bed away from the wall so they can't crawl onto it
  • don't let your blankets touch the floor
  • put double-sided sticky tape on the legs of your bed to prevent them from crawling up (warning: you might accidentally 'catch' one this way!)
  • consider getting an energetic pet cat or a pet gecko!
  • put down glue traps (cruel to all creatures - not sure I can stomach this, but my neighbour can. The worst part is disposing of the traps with a giant spider in it, apparently!)
  • go on a sealing and caulking spree and hermetically seal your apartment!
  • go on vacation during August and September when all these suckers come out looking for some rumpy-pumpy!
  • get a boyfriend who will dispatch the horrid beasties when they appear. Then marry him so you'll have free, on-demand pest-control for life. (This is what I did - I can highly recommend it!).
  • wear slippers around the house (my friend stepped on one of these in the dark once. It went crunch and she's never been quite right since!), but maybe have a glance in them before you put in your feet..
As Poptart mentioned, there are several old posts on this topic. I don't recommend them if you don't like photos of giant, awful spiders.

The most scary one (IMO) was taken by an EF member of a giant spider on her cupboard doors.... it gives me nightmares. :msnsick:

Yes this is exactly the spider I had in my place.

And I think you're actually referring to MY cupboard doors, as I posted the pic on one of the other spiders posts a while back! :D

JBZ86 12.06.2013 13:16

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I had three pet tarantula's when I was young, so spiders are not something that faze me really.

I have noticed they have started to come out, they love my kitchen for some reason.

One of those tegenaria spiders was on the outside of the window last night, was a very impressive size, but I let it be. Unlike last year, I saw a big one like that and decided to capture it to observe it more closely.

It lived on my kitchen shelf in a transparent tub for a few weeks before I let it go. It built several layers of web and would sporadically chill at different levels of elevation, it was interesting to see it build a non conventional web too. Like it built shelves to sit on.

I would capture smaller spiders and bugs and feed it. Didn't like moths tho. Then one day I saw another biggy, different species though, and put it to watch the stand off. Incredibly boring though, they both left each other alone. The original captive was bigger so I thought he would win, or attempt to eat, but they just became pals and soon set off into the Tuja plants to live happily ever after.

Phil_MCR 12.06.2013 13:17

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Quote:

Originally Posted by JBZ86 (Post 1902321)
I would capture smaller spiders and bugs and feed it. Didn't like moths tho. Then one day I saw another biggy, different species though, and put it to watch the stand off. Incredibly boring though, they both left each other alone. The original captive was bigger so I thought he would win, or attempt to eat, but they just became pals and soon set off into the Tuja plants to live happily ever after.

freak. :rolleyes:


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