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Old 11-01-10, 11:35 PM
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How long before sleeping in bed if a black widow spider crawls under, can't be found?

So it's bed time and you walk in, turn on the light... clear as day, you see a black widow (red spot) perched just beside the bed. You pause, it pauses, then creeps it's ugly self right under the bed. You finally get the nerve to look under the bed and the spider is nowhere to be seen. Perhaps it's wriggled its way up into the box spring, is on a sheet, or went out the other side. Perhaps it's right by your fingers where you can't see. You decide to go in the other room.

What's your next course of action, and how long before you sleep in that bed again if the spider is NEVER located?

PS This isn't a real story, there isn't a black widow under my bed...
Spoiler:
It's under yours.





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Old 11-01-10, 11:36 PM
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Re: How long before sleeping in bed if a black widow spider crawls under, can't be fo

You promised to stop peeking under my bed. YOU PROMISED.
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Re: How long before sleeping in bed if a black widow spider crawls under, can't be fo

After having a scorpion in my bed once, I won't sleep in a bed unless I know where the black widow is.
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Re: How long before sleeping in bed if a black widow spider crawls under, can't be fo

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After having a scorpion in my bed once, I won't sleep in a bed unless I know where the black widow is.
So do you move, sell the bed, or convert it into the guest room?
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Re: How long before sleeping in bed if a black widow spider crawls under, can't be fo

I saw the scorpion and killed it. But I always looked under my bed after that.
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Re: How long before sleeping in bed if a black widow spider crawls under, can't be fo

Originally Posted by Thor Simpson View Post
So do you move, sell the bed, or convert it into the guest room?
Guest room? Holidays coming up? In-laws need a place to stay? You may be on to something...
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Re: How long before sleeping in bed if a black widow spider crawls under, can't be fo

You should use the five second rule.
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Re: How long before sleeping in bed if a black widow spider crawls under, can't be fo

Nuke it from the air.. you guys know the rest..
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Re: How long before sleeping in bed if a black widow spider crawls under, can't be fo

In our house I rescue (catch and release) most if not all bugs except for flies. The only other exception are Black Widows they are dispatched of immediately!!! I don't take my eyes off of them until I know they are no longer a threat. I have yet to find one in the house. Although, we do have them around the outside of our house mostly hanging out around the potted plants.
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Re: How long before sleeping in bed if a black widow spider crawls under, can't be fo

Poison the shit out of that room. Let it set for a few days and then Febreze the shit out of that room.

Then take the sheets off, flip the mattress and the box springs (maybe take the bottom off the box springs and look in there).

Might seem like a bit much but preferable to dying.
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Re: How long before sleeping in bed if a black widow spider crawls under, can't be fo

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I saw the scorpion and killed it. But I always looked under my bed after that.
I have found 3 scorpions in my house over the past 5 or so years, and 2 were on the second fucking floor! (one was in a pair of pants I took off and left on the floor to be worn the next day (this is not something I do anymore for any reason)).
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Re: How long before sleeping in bed if a black widow spider crawls under, can't be fo

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Nuke it from the air.. you guys know the rest..
Exactly. Read the directions on the bug bomb to see when humans can safely occupy the room again.

Chemical warfare is perfectly legitimate when fighting adversaries with more than four legs.
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Re: How long before sleeping in bed if a black widow spider crawls under, can't be fo

What's the average life of one? Wait it out and sleep in a different room until it dies??
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So do you move, sell the bed, or convert it into the guest room?
burn the house down just to be sure
Old 11-02-10, 09:04 AM
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Re: How long before sleeping in bed if a black widow spider crawls under, can't be fo

Those venomous little bastards will bite you in your sleep without provocation.

No joke.
Old 11-02-10, 10:00 AM
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Re: How long before sleeping in bed if a black widow spider crawls under, can't be fo

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What's the average life of one? Wait it out and sleep in a different room until it dies??
This is a great idea, as it should allow sufficient time for the eggs to hatch (they live up to 3 years, by the way).
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Re: How long before sleeping in bed if a black widow spider crawls under, can't be fo

^ Do you really think there was only one Black Widow from its egg batch?
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Re: How long before sleeping in bed if a black widow spider crawls under, can't be fo

For every one black widow that you do see, there are at least a hundred that you don't see.

.....or maybe I'm thinking of cockroaches.
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Re: How long before sleeping in bed if a black widow spider crawls under, can't be fo

I got bitten on the leg by a brown recluse spider when I was 12 or so. I rolled over on it and squashed it in bed. The bite became necrotic after a few days and I had to go to the hospital and have several shots and a half-dollar size section of dead tissue removed. I still have a small scar and a phobia of spiders. I check my bed every night before I get in it. If I saw a black widow go under my bed I'd probably set the room on fire.
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I live in the woods, so I'm always getting spiders in bed with me. No black widows so far, but plenty of big ol' ugly wolf spiders.
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Re: How long before sleeping in bed if a black widow spider crawls under, can't be fo

Originally Posted by movieguru View Post
Patented Lunatikk Advice:
burn the house down just to be sure
Fixed.
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Re: How long before sleeping in bed if a black widow spider crawls under, can't be fo

If I saw one crawl under my bed I'd turn all the lights on for maximum viability and I wouldn't take my eyes off of it for fear of it relocating. Then I'd call a family member or friend to bring over a high potency poison or bug killer. When they arrived, I'd douse the bed with the poison. If it ruins the bed, so be it. I'd probably put some gloves on soon after and go through the sheets, box spring, etc. to find the sucker and make sure it was dead, then dispose of it. Then I'd probably go sleep in another room and call an exterminator the next day to spray the entire house.
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Re: How long before sleeping in bed if a black widow spider crawls under, can't be fo

I had a mormon cricket in my apartment last week. I tried to catch it to let it outside, but it hopped behind a bookshelf. I forgot about it and went to bed. The next morning the destroyed corpse of the cricket was in the middle of my living room floor. Cats are useful sometimes!
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Re: How long before sleeping in bed if a black widow spider crawls under, can't be fo

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I had a mormon cricket in my apartment last week.
You shouldn't have even answered the door, man!

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Re: How long before sleeping in bed if a black widow spider crawls under, can't be fo

Everytime I get tired of the weather in Michigan, I see a thread or post or read something like this that makes me grateful that all we have to deal with in Michigan is the weather. Don't have to worry about a bug hiding in my bed that bites me in my sleep and kills me.

I had grandparents that lived in Arizona for a while and would tell me about having to sweep scorpions off their front porch, or one time they found one in the cupboard in a glass. Imagine going for a drink of water in the night and getting that cup. No thank you.

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