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Old 05.06.2007, 22:46
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Re: Spiders [and poisonous things]

So do the black widow spiders occur all over Switzerland? I looked but cannot find info on their distribution anywhere...I find it hard to believe red back type spiders have now invaded even here, but if they have we should be aware of it . Mind you, if you see one just leave them alone, unless they are under the toilet seat .
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Old 05.06.2007, 22:58
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Re: Spiders [and poisonous things]

Below is a link to a radio show about a biologist who studies spiders....

WARNING: If you are afraid of spiders do not listen. She talks about studying SPIDER CAVES..... And do not click on the link. there is a picture of a lovely, i mean totally scary, spider with turquoise & red markings. Perhaps the inspiration for Spiderman's costume?

For the spider lovers (or should I say "spider appreciators"), it's quite interesting.

http://www.onpointradio.org/shows/20...228_b_main.asp
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Old 06.06.2007, 09:37
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actually, no....I did run into a spider...and not just a normal spider...A GYNORMOUS one in our laundry room about a month ago. I went to turn the cold water tap on and I saw it dangling under it. I think it was def. one of the biggest ones I've ever seen....cut to me, screaming and running up to our apt. to get the man to take care of it. I take extreme caution when entering that damn, damp, laundry room.
On the subject of taps - a friend of mine used to live in Sydney. She had a dog and also a house with an outside garden. One day she found a leech on the dog after it had been outside. So she carefully took the leech off and disposed of it by dropping it down the plughole. A little while later she found that it had crawled back up the plughole...
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Old 06.06.2007, 10:20
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Re: Spiders [and poisonous things]

I dont like spiders. That said, I also hate killing insects.

As they say, prevention is better than cure. So for spider haters... that yellow bottle that was mentioned somewhere in this thread is also very useful for keeping insects away. So clean your windows, and then spray a generous amount of this all around the window. The bugs stay away, hence do not enter your home. I barely see spiders anymore. This spray can also be used on walls, so I suggest that you spray generous amounts in places where your pets cannot reach.

Also, for those that keep their windows open (like me), you should also get the netting (available at Migros sometimes, but always at Jumbo)

They stay away, no merciless killing required.
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I have noticed that the reaction I get to mozzy bites here is much worse than they ever used to be in the UK. I used to get a small itchy bite but now the area around the bite will swell and get really hot (I had one last week that bit me on my elbow and after 2 days my entire arm was swollen and red). Nasty little creatures!! I thought it was just me so it would be interesting to find out if there really is a specific reason for it.
I've noticed this too Mimi.

If they start to really bother you, might be worth taking an antihistamine.
I'm actually an entomologist and I have noticed that there are some quite different insects out here to the UK. In particular, some really scary big horseflies which can give a nasty bite - it's quite possible these are the culprits. Have you actually seen the insects that got you? Do you know if it definitely was mosquitoes?
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Old 24.06.2007, 06:48
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I've noticed this too Mimi.

If they start to really bother you, might be worth taking an antihistamine.
I'm actually an entomologist and I have noticed that there are some quite different insects out here to the UK. In particular, some really scary big horseflies which can give a nasty bite - it's quite possible these are the culprits. Have you actually seen the insects that got you? Do you know if it definitely was mosquitoes?
my first two summers here had me looking like a Frankenstein creation without antihystemine, but my third summer, for some weird reason, I wasn't too bothered ... now midges in Scotland, thats another story, never got used to the little feckers ... have scars too prove it ....

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Old 25.06.2007, 11:24
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Re: Spiders [and poisonous things]

I'm pretty sure it's mosquitoes as they tend to wake me with their buzzing and I manage to squash the little devils but by then the damage is done so I can never be sure. There have been quite a few occasions when I just haven't noticed for ages until the swelling starts. I've tried antihisthamines but they don't seem to have an effect....the only thing that worked was hydrocortisone cream but it took a few uncomfortable days!! Managed to get 4 new bites last night so I obviously taste pretty good to the damn things.
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Re: Spiders [and poisonous things]

I hate the mosquitos, the buzzing gets so much on my nerves as I'm trying to sleep I have to put the light on and stalk them with a newspaper whatever the time. It's very gratifying to see a big red splattering on the newspaper/other item until I realise that most of those splattered contents probably came initially from me.
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Old 25.06.2007, 12:34
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Re: Spiders [and poisonous things]

Arachnophobes: your anxiety feeds your fear.

I appreciate the fear, although irrational, is real and highly unpleasant. You can make your life - and those of the spiders - easier by tackling the anxiety. Address the anxiety before being faced with a spider. Recognise anxiety will build and build until it reaches a plateaux - usually you'll be on a stool with a broom stick, yelling bloody murder at this point.

Once on the 'plateaux' - despite what you may predict - the anxiety will decrease. You'll come down. The fear will wane, but you have to get over the build-up and peak first. Scary stuff and it takes guts to get through this stage. By reassuring yourself that 'over the rainbow' things do get better, you may work towards eliminating this irrational fear. Start today with a photograph, before you have to deal with the real situation.

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Old 25.06.2007, 13:20
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Re: Spiders [and poisonous things]

I was amazed to find that these bl**dy things DEFACATE copiously! Up until now I had nothing against spiders, but soon after buying and moving in to our lovely new apartment, long unpleasant streaks started appearing on the (unreachable) acres of outside glass. We were mystified until the Hauswart told us this was Spider sh*t! So an (expensive) yearly cleaning crew has to come around, clean this stuff off, spray everything in sight with spider go-away goop and all remains clean for a year.

Last year's August treatment is jsut starting to wear off!

Sigh....

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Old 11.07.2008, 17:42
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Re: Spiders [and poisonous things]

Sorry to drag this old thread up, but its one of the few where I found a mention of snakes on the forum... I have been under the impression (perhaps naive) that there were no snakes in Switzerland. Image my surprise then when within in 500m of my apartment I round a corner on my bike and find a snake crossing the path in front of me. After a moment of mild panic, a frantic swerve and a bunnyhop I was past the vial creature and on my way... feeling a little shaken and mildly shocked.

Does anyone know what kind of snake this could have been? Are they poisonous? If so are we talking life threatening poison or just make you feel ill for a while?

What should one do in the event of meeting one of these critters again?
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Old 11.07.2008, 17:49
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Re: Spiders [and poisonous things]

The only reference I could find to snakes in Switzerland was http://switzerland.isyours.com/e/gui...ks.snakes.html

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The only reference I could find to snakes in Switzerland was http://switzerland.isyours.com/e/gui...ks.snakes.html
Great, so it was as scared of me as I was of it. Only problem is don't scared things sometimes attack!
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Old 11.07.2008, 18:03
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Re: Spiders [and poisonous things]

That may not have been a snake, it may have been a Blindschlange, which is a lizard with no hands and feet.
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... I have been under the impression (perhaps naive) that there were no snakes in Switzerland.
I'd definitely disagree on that point. I ran into this cute little fella in on a trail in Geneva a few years ago. No idea what type of snake it is, but he (or she) was about a metre long. I'm not too bothered by the thought of there being snakes here, however. Considering what a big deal they make about bears, wolves, and bird flu in this country, I figure if the snakes here were dangerous in any way, I'd have heard about it by now.



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Old 11.07.2008, 18:12
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That may not have been a snake, it may have been a Blindschlange, which is a lizard with no hands and feet.
Nope, just googled those and it wasn't one of them. It was definitely a snake. I'd guess it was a meter long or more (it was in an S shape) and moving diagonally across the path. It was greenish in colour with some darker markings.
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Re: Spiders [and poisonous things]

I can't wait to see a picture of a lizard with hands...photoshop anyone?

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Old 11.07.2008, 18:20
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Re: Spiders [and poisonous things]

They look like this:
http://www.wissen.ch/wde/generator/w...unk=img_0.html

They don't have eyes. I see them in my garden once in a while, but only in gray. They are perfectly harmless. They are like giant worms.
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Re: Spiders [and poisonous things]

This is quite an interesting site - unfortunately only German, French and Italian as far as I can see. Pictures are enough to scare the living daylights out of us though!
www.karch.ch/karch/index14.html

Die Kreuzotter (Vipera berus) ist eine kleine Giftschlange, die bei uns oberhalb 1500 m ü.M. im Normalfall nur um die 50 - 55 cm lang und 50 - 100 g schwer wird. Tieflandtiere werden gut 10 cm länger und doppelt so schwer.
Im Mittelland schliesslich existiert gar nur noch ein einziges Habitat im Kanton Zürich.

Perhaps this last bit was a reference to the area where EIRE saw hers.
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This is quite an interesting site - unfortunately only German, French and Italian as far as I can see. Pictures are enough to scare the living daylights out of us though!
www.karch.ch/karch/index14.html

See! There's a handsome lizard.
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