Wednesday, October 15, 2008

How long can spiders survive without food?

Scroll down for ABC Wednesday!Of all the baths in all the towns in all the world, he walks into mine. You can't really see the size of him in this photo but take my word for it ...
I'm no good with spiders; Younger Son is no good with big spiders. Will Spid survive if I leave him in the bath until tomorrow evening when Husband comes home?

What do spiders eat when they're not stuck in baths? How do spiders get stuck in the bath? Do they come up the plughole?

Many years ago Husband was building an extension on our first home. Over several nights we became aware of a scratching noise. We called in the pest-man and he said a rat had got into the cavity wall. The pest-man put poison in the attic but for a long time I lived in fear of sitting on the toilet only to have a rat stick his head out of the water.

I don't suppose he could have done that really ...

P.S. Can you see Spid's antennae? Do spiders usually have such huge antennae? Do they have them at all? Is he a genetically-mutated spider? Or an alien taking on the guise of what he thinks is an innocent family pet?

Once, on a writing course, I had to write the first couple of lines of a story in a genre I didn't usually write. I chose sci-fi and wrote something like this:

It was unfortunate that the aptly-named Chameleon spaceship happened to land next to a portaloo on the construction site of the new London Olympics stadium. It turned out to be doubly unfortunate as, centuries later, astronauts reported sightings of builder's bum in the farthest reaches of the universe.


Anonymous said...

We always hang a spare towel over the side of the bath for any spiders that have fallen in. They walk around the bath and must eventually find it and then they are up and away (thank goodness as I don't want to meet any!)
Wendy (Wales)

Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

I had a spider couple in my bathtub a couple of weeks ago. I didn’t notice them until the water had already begun splashing into the tub: I learned that spiders can swim.

Unfortunately, they had problems climbing up the sides of the tube. I drained the tub of water; put a piece of cardboard where the spiders could climb on it; waited until both were onboard; and carried the cardboard and spiders outside where they belonged.

Blessed be all sentient beings!

Puss-in-Boots said...

I have a shower but no bath, however, that doesn't stop the spiders. I once had a dirty big huntsman in the shower with me. I didn't see her at first and when I did...well, picture me naked, dripping water and screaming my head off!

Ackworth Born said...

Spiders (our British varieties at least) are harmless beasties so there is no need to scream at them.

You could swill them gently down the plughole. Usually, like nick, I'd entice them onto some paper and then carry them to an open window and put them out. Sometimes, if already naked and shower-ready I'd pick one gently up by one of its antenna and pop it in the hand-basin out of the way while I showered.

Anonymous said...

I don't mind spiders :0)

you could make a little ladder ;0)


Liz said...

It's not that I dislike spiders as such. I just have this fear, if I get him to walk on a piece of card so I can set him free, that he will run off the card, up my arm and down my neck. It's the thought of leaping around screaming with a spider SOMEWHERE on me that stops me being brave. I certainly don't wish him ill.

A little ladder, hmm ...

Joy Des Jardins said...

It seems to me they can find a way to crawl out of that bathtub Liz...they can crawl out of almost anywhere. I don't like the little critters either; and I'm constantly disposing of their little eight-legged bodies when I see them....YUCK!


ha ha
i cant say i like spiders, but i dont think ive seen any as big as these ones!

Jay said...

I just left a comment and something went wrong! If it comes out duplicate, perhaps you'd delete it for me.

That's a tegenaria domestica - harmless, unless you fall downstairs running away from her! Likely it's female because it's quite large, and the 'antennae' are her palps, and yes, she's supposed to have them!

They can go a long time without food, so no problem waiting till hubby gets home, but you can remove her by placing a glass upside down over her, and sliding a postcard underneath - giving her time to walk onto it as you go. Then you can lift the whole thing, take it outside, put it down and remove the glass.

There. Aren't you glad I popped in? LOL!

CherryPie said...

They can last a long time without food ;-)

Rocky Mtn. Girl said...

My husband just lets them float down the plug hole and puts the stopper in and that's it! LOL.... *shiver*... I'm not a fan of spiders... I can handle almost any other insects but nope, not spiders!

leslie said...

Never fear! Leslie's here!

Not skeered o' spiders so I'm the designated spider remover in this family.

Now slithery things - watch me run nekkid down the street.

Anonymous said...

I put a normal house spider in a jar and left it there for like months and when i let it out it was still alive...uhh gross and creepy they can live for years without food or water...

Anonymous said...

i found a spider my room so i put it in a jar and kept it as a pet. they only need to eat once every few days.

kayleigh said...

i have a spider in my room a big black british house spider im terrified of them and i cant find it is there anything i can use to lure it out and put it outside i really cant sleep in my bed knowing i could wake up with it on my face!

JordanRichardsThriller said...

Kay, there is little you can do other than keep an eye out for it unless it happens to feel hunger then find some living bugs to lure it out? I've currently got one trapped in the gap between my window frame and my opening window.. not sure how to get to the not so little house spider.. Was hoping it'd just eventually die as I really dislike handling house spiders, they crawl so very quickly and erratically. Funnel web's (common garden spiders with often very large abdomens) are lovely and make the palm of my hands tickle when I carry them occasionally out the house.
Hope I was of some help.

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Anonymous said...

I trapped a spider under my daughters favorite cup... im terrified of spiders and so is everyone i know, problem is we are moving next week and my daughter will never forgive me if we leave the cup behind (she's pretty pissed that i used it to trap it lol) anywayz will it really survive without food and water?

Rain said...

Once i had one on my wall so I tried getting it to leave by putting one of those nuts they don't like near it. It was working until he got mad at me and jumped. I was so terrified that I ran out of the room and spidey hasn't been found yet.

Andy Wong said...

I have a spider living in the gaps of a shelf directly on top of my table and it survived for months without food and water you see, how incredible spiders are, living longer without food even longer than human beings. If a see a spider in my bedroom, I usually just leave it. It makes circular spider webs (the ones that im feared of most, than spiders) when i see dead insects like flies and moths, i take them and throw it onto the spider web and the next that happens,all you see is the spider just runs out at a great speed and takes it in its hole. Well spiders are my favorite of all the insect kingdom :)

surfsupflorida said...

I HATE spiders. I live in Florida where they get HUGE, especially wolf spiders, which is what I'm dealing with now. I would call the one in the picture a medium size. There is one slightly bigger than that currently hiding in my daughter's room. She has slept on the couch the past two nights. I was hoping it would die from no food or water, or our cat would kill it, but who knows if she will ever find it.

Oh, and spiders aren't insects - they are arachnids, more closely related to crabs than bugs. All spiders are venomous, it is just a matter of how venomous. Wolf spiders won't kill a person, but it will leave a painful, necrotic bite that requires medical attention.

Anonymous said...

All of you need to get a life and stop caring about spiders that don't care about you!!

Anonymous said...

Repeat after me. "Spiders don't eat people. Spiders don't eat people!"

Anonymous said...

"Spiders don't eat people"
Yeah, try telling my wife that after she got bit by a black widow while sleeping. When you or someone you love goes through that kind of pain, you lose all sympathy for spiders. I have no problem with them, as long as they aren't endangering myself or my loved ones. If they're in/on/around my house, they're endangering.

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Anonymous said...

they can survive 3 weeks ish without food, but only days without water....hence why you found in the bath.

if you put a jar over it and do the postacard trick, flip the jar up and put lid on jar. get hubby to put it out when he gets home, or just leave it.

thse spiders are goodluck and will NOT harm you....unlike funnelwebs, which is total crap about the poster above letting one tickle their hand.

anyway we have those spiders in our house and they take care of bugs we dont remove them ones, only wolf spiders (cause they carry HUNDREDS of young on their back/belly)and we dont usually allow the redbacks and funnel webs to survive because we have too many kids and really need to know where the deadly ones are...they arent so deadly to adults, but to our babies they can be life threatening out here in the country, too far from hospital.

Anonymous said...

(above poster) my mum has been bitten by a black widow and its really not that bad, your wife needs to harden up a little.

I know many people (including myself) that have been bitten by a spider at some stage (and more than once sometimes), and i can confirm they dont "eat" people. they defend themseves from you and 99% of the time its not a dangerous problem and rarely needs anything more than a little first aid.

google how many people have died from an actual spider bite and you will see, its more hype than anything and people like yourself just spur it on.

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Symptoms of a Black Widow Spider Bite
If you are bitten by a black widow spider you may experience one or more of the symptoms listed below. Poison injected by the spider at the time of the bite causes the symptoms, not the bite itself.
Small children and the elderly are often more symptomatic and can have a more severe reaction to the venom of the black widow spider.
If you are not sure if you were bitten by a black widow spider, you should know that the following symptoms can be caused by or resemble other medical conditions. Always consult a physician for a diagnosis.
Symptoms may vary for each individual.
Local pain, redness, burning and swelling at bite site (Some may have minimal pain from the bite itself)
Abdominal pain (pain can be similar to appendicitis) and localized or generalized muscle cramps (stomach, shoulders and back)
Rash and itching
Eyelid swelling
Salivation, tearing of the eyes
Weakness, tremors or paralysis (especially in the legs)
Nausea and/or vomiting
Dizziness and/or fainting
Chest pain (similar to a heart attack)
Respiratory difficulties may follow
High blood pressure

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