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Old 11.07.2008, 18:32
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Re: Spiders [and poisonous things]

www.karch.ch/karch/d/rep/va/vafs2.html
and there's a handsome snake! (I hope!)
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Old 11.07.2008, 18:51
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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

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.
Thanks for the link Longbyt,
Based on the pictures on the link it looked like an Aspviper or Vipernatter in terms of markings, maybe my mind played tricks with me in terms of size, it looked like it was about a meter from head to tail, but it was not in a straight line which is why I thought it could be even a little more then a meter. I wasn't exactly hanging around to find out. The only thing is, the ones that it looks like, don't appear to live in the Zurich region!

The puzzle continues.

Oh... and by the way... Its where Eire saw his. Well, at least the last time I checked anyway!
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www.karch.ch/karch/d/rep/va/vafs2.html
and there's a handsome snake! (I hope!)
Yip, looked a bit like that one.
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Old 11.07.2008, 19:05
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Thanks for the link Longbyt,
Oh... and by the way... Its where Eire saw his. Well, at least the last time I checked anyway!
You're welcome (to the link - and the snakes!!)
That's the advantage of having had children (long ago) who needed to find things out for school. You still have the book of reptiles you bought for them and if you google one of the reptiles in the book you get a super useful link.
Sorry about the wrong sex. That's why I adore Swiss German. I only ever use diminutives - and then everything is neutral.
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It may have been someones pet that had escaped - they do that you know, I was sitting right next Eric's tank with the lid off one time but he's a decent sized reptile so I was sure I'd notice if he tried to get out. I was less than a metre away and I saw and heard nothing of his escape. I found him again, but it taught me a huge lesson on vigilance. A couple of times in the last year I've seen reports of pet snakes being found in the great outdoors.
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Re: Spiders [and poisonous things]

I just found a small spider in the house with a bright yellow back. About 2-3mm.
Put it outside then was curious as to what sort it was.

Any ideas?
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Re: Spiders [and poisonous things]

Unfortunately these pictures don't give the actual size, but it will give you a few to look at... maybe the one on page five?
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Unfortunately these pictures don't give the actual size, but it will give you a few to look at... maybe the one on page five?
its the right colour. could be the one
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Re: Spiders [and poisonous things]

Don't kill that spider!!

There are an estimated 40,000 species of spiders, and they all eat insects. They're an important part of the food web and provide natural pest control. Spiders are generalist predators that are willing to eat almost any insect they can catch. They only need to be left alone!

Spiders are singular, they keep to themselves and spin beautiful webs. They do occasionally bite you and yeah, there are some deadly ones out there, but most spiders are more scared of us than we of them. Like snakes and sharks, they have a bad rep.

Spiders often get trapped in the bath becuase they cannot grip the enamel to climb out. Just place a towel in the bath and it will soon be gone.
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Old 08.06.2009, 08:04
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Don't kill that spider!!
Think it as evolution in action. Spiders my daughters don't see, get to live. (My wife, son and I aren't bothered).

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...but most spiders are more scared of us than we of them.
I think many arachnophobes would argue this point!
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Don't kill that spider!!

There are an estimated 40,000 species of spiders, and they all eat insects. They're an important part of the food web and provide natural pest control. Spiders are generalist predators that are willing to eat almost any insect they can catch. They only need to be left alone!

Spiders are singular, they keep to themselves and spin beautiful webs. They do occasionally bite you and yeah, there are some deadly ones out there, but most spiders are more scared of us than we of them. Like snakes and sharks, they have a bad rep.

Spiders often get trapped in the bath becuase they cannot grip the enamel to climb out. Just place a towel in the bath and it will soon be gone.
Never said I'd kill it
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Re: Spiders [and poisonous things]

Hi,

I, too, am seriously averse to spiders in my house. Last night one crawled into my slipper ugh, so now it's war...in England you can get those electromagnetic plug-in things that seem to work very well, does anyone know where I can get them here and how much(!) they are??? In england they retail around 20-25 pounds. I spent an hour and a half terrified there was one crawling in my hair last night in bed....crazy I know, but they do crawl around at night.

Glad I am not the only loon out there!
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Re: Spiders [and poisonous things]

I am staring at a fairly big furry eight-legged creature on my ceiling and debating on Which of the methods I've read about in this forum to use. I think that I'll probably do a combo act. Spray, followed by bucket of hot water, with broom in hand.
God, I just wanted to g to sleep and now i've got to d this horrible task. Will let you know how it turns out. If you dn't see another post from me, you'll know the bugger got the better of me.
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Re: Spiders [and poisonous things]

As someone living in the countryside I have to say the number of spiders is enormous but I havent found any dangerous one, and I have found really a lot of them.
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Re: Spiders [and poisonous things]

I finally chickened out and had my husband kill it. There is a side of me that hates to admit this, but I knew I wouldn't be able to sleep unless we got rid of him. Spiders are big here, but glad they're not dangerous.
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Re: Spiders [and poisonous things]

had one of these skitter across my foot in my house. Lucky it did not bite as they can be aggressive. Don't worry, I live in Barcelona now...

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Having lived in Australia there is nothing here of any concern, regards sprays ask see if you can get Mortain check the spelling, it is like Napam for spiders.
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Having lived in Australia there is nothing here of any concern, regards sprays ask see if you can get Mortain check the spelling, it is like Napam for spiders.
If you are out enjoying the countryside in summer you should keep an eye out for ticks. Some of the buggers carry encephalitis and/or Lyme Disease.
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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.

They stay away, no merciless killing required.
I know this is an old thread and there are quite a few threads on spiders here (reading through them is giving me the heebeegeebees), but I was wondering if anyone knows where I could get some really effective barrier surface spray? The yellow can just isn't working for us!
We live on the ground floor next to a river and especially now the weather is nicer we like to have some windows and doors open and we've had an almost constant stream of spiders for the last few weeks
Unfortunately the only 'windows' in most of the house are doors so we cant just crack open the top. We've got netting in place which helps with flying insects but not spiders apparently.
I remember in Australia every few months my mum would give the outside of the house a good going over with this and it was the only thing that really stopped them. Is there something similar here?


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Hi,

I, too, am seriously averse to spiders in my house. Last night one crawled into my slipper ugh, so now it's war...in England you can get those electromagnetic plug-in things that seem to work very well, does anyone know where I can get them here and how much(!) they are??? In england they retail around 20-25 pounds. I spent an hour and a half terrified there was one crawling in my hair last night in bed....crazy I know, but they do crawl around at night.

Glad I am not the only loon out there!
Did you have any luck finding them?
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I remember in Australia every few months my mum would give the outside of the house a good going over with this and it was the only thing that really stopped them. Is there something similar here?
No. Why would there be? In Australia a spider can kill you. Here it will annoy you at most and will eat a lot of nasty insects at best.
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