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#1 JerryNumbers

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Posted 22 November 2013 - 03:04 PM

Shoppers get a surprise as black widow spiders found in grapes

 

First it was venomous Brazilian wandering spiders found on a bunch of bananas. 
 
Now, the lethal black widow spider has been found on grapes in several supermarkets in Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota.
 
 
 


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Posted 22 November 2013 - 03:46 PM

About a decade or two ago it was spiders in strawberries.  We didn't have no spiders or bugs on our fruit when they used pesticides and we were the better for it.



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Posted 22 November 2013 - 04:33 PM

I've founf one of those in my grapes before. Also been bitten by one, but not the one in the grapes.And stung by a scorpion. I love living here!

 

Also, I think my wife was recently bitten by either a hobo spider or brown recluse-she had a nasty red welt on her stomach, definitely a bite of some sort. We're treating it with high-dose vitamin C and a bandage over it wth castor oil. Looked better after a couple days, swelling was down and red was much less. She was cleaning out an old shed and figued since its so cold, no spiders could be active-but these guys hide deep in things and will stay warmer.



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Posted 22 November 2013 - 10:03 PM

I was changing my front disc brake pads once and found a big black widow which had built her webs INSIDE the hollow cavities of the brake disc! I bet she had been getting a wild ride. Amazing critter.

 

Yes they are extremely dangerous. Their venom can destroy massive amounts of tissue around the bite. It's a wonder one of us hasn't been bitten because we find them on the farm all the time.



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Posted 22 November 2013 - 10:38 PM

From the article:  "So if you encounter a black widow, you are advised not to handle it, but instead capture it in a container and set it free outside."

 

...or whack it with a shoe.

 

(See JerryN, I do read the articles. :lol:)



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Posted 22 November 2013 - 10:50 PM

Around here, black widows get the same treatment as diamondback rattlers......



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Posted 22 November 2013 - 10:59 PM

Around here, black widows get the same treatment as diamondback rattlers......


You Shoot them with a shotgun?

bit extreme for a spider don't you think?
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Posted 23 November 2013 - 12:03 AM

I've 'dispatched" both indigenous species of rattlesnakes as well as copperheads, cottonmouths and coral snakes with a shotgun a few times; also with a tire iron, a stick, a post, and 'rundnover' several with my truck...just whatever is available....spiders usually meet their demise by a good squashing. Sure hope there ain't no PETA folks reading this.   :eye:


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Posted 23 November 2013 - 12:22 AM

I've 'dispatched" both indigenous species of rattlesnakes as well as copperheads, cottonmouths and coral snakes with a shotgun a few times; also with a tire iron, a stick, a post, and 'rundnover' several with my truck...just whatever is available....spiders usually meet their demise by a good squashing. Sure hope there ain't no PETA folks reading this.   :eye:

 

YES! What ever I can put my hands on to get rid of it!

 

One a few years back on our back pouch I had bent over & looked up & a water moccasin was coming strait at me about 4 foot from me, boy, did I move fast, found my hoe & stopped that thing.

 

I scared me after it was all over with!



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Posted 23 November 2013 - 12:44 AM

I've 'dispatched" both indigenous species of rattlesnakes as well as copperheads, cottonmouths and coral snakes with a shotgun a few times; also with a tire iron, a stick, a post, and 'rundnover' several with my truck...just whatever is available....spiders usually meet their demise by a good squashing. Sure hope there ain't no PETA folks reading this.   :eye:

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