Very important public service announcement about spiders (video)

[Video Link]. "A lot of people die. Just so you know."—Dan Lucal. (via Casimir Nozkowski)


    1. Now that I’ve started thinking about the spiders, it’s kinda hard to think about anything else.

    1.  This is why the shoes without socks is very dangerous.  For safety reasons I do recommend socks with all footwear.  Think of it as a spider shield.

  1. Now you know why I never deodorize, disinfect or sanitize my shoes. Nothing like natural stinky sock odor to keep them little buggers away.

    1.  You know what else works?   Never taking your shoes off until you are ready to buy new ones..

  2. If there might be spiders just throw them away and buy new shoes.  Take it from us, Adidas.  You should do that.

  3. This is one of the reasons I put up with Minnesota winters.  Because most venomous spiders do not.

  4. As soon as the guy started talking, I thought “His voice really isn’t that good.”

        1. It’s so perfect, particularly the foot in the plastic tub, that it’s hard to believe that it’s not staged.

          1.  I do question the wisdom of the guy setting his ladder up in front of the spider, upping the horror if it should run and fall.

      1.  I worked in Australia for a month and had to traverse a city park every time I left the decommissioned lunatic asylum I was at.  As soon as it was dark webs would pop up between the trees at walking level – webs that were 20′ across easily and contained fist sized spiders.  At first I stopped walking off the road because I kept walking into the webs and having spastic dance screaming fits.  The webs popped up so quickly, though, that I finally got the point where I would wait for a car to drive along the road and clear the path before I would run the gauntlet.  If I grew impatient I had a giant stick I set aside for web clearning purposes, which I would swing continuously up and down.

  5. When I first visited Arizona, my cousins, whose subdivision bordered untamed desert, told me the same story, featuring scorpions instead of spiders.

    I thought they were having me on, but after we moved there, I still spent years shaking out my shoes every morning to make sure there were no scorpions.   As time went on, I discovered  that it was pretty rare to find scorpions inside suburban houses .

    OTOH, as I discovered on a Boy Scout camping trip, it’s still good advice if you leave your shoes sitting out in the open desert.  Very few people die from scorpion stings, but they can be very unpleasant – especially the little pale straw-colored ones.

    1. We get scorpions inside occasionally. Fortunately, ours don’t climb, so keeping your slippers on the bedside table prevents any surprises.

      1. I’ve been getting mostly wolf spiders (I think) that like to hang around in obvious areas, like the middle of the kitchen floor or next to the medicine cabinet.  I don’t know, maybe I’m supposed to feed them.

        1. Yeah, there’s nothing quite like waking to the feeling of a 50-cent-piece-sized wolf spider walking along your arm… unless it’s the sensation of slamming your face into the back of a chair after launching yourself out of the bed upon waking to etc etc

      2. Yep.  “Pretty rare”, but not unheard-of. :-)  

        We lived three houses away from the city limit, with cotton fields or raw desert beyond.  Never found one in my shoe, but did have to escort one back outside a couple of times.

        We used to collect them and sell them for 25 cents apiece to a bolo-tie maker.  I made rather a haul (for a 10-year-old!) after I discovered that they glow under a battery-powered blacklight. :-)

        1. Palm Springs is a checkerboard of developed land and raw desert, so you’re rarely more than a block away from a scorpion breeding facility.  This is a half mile from downtown and across the street from the Convention Center, several mega-hotels and a multiplex, for all your home arachnid needs.  I have to say, I’m enjoying the security of second floor living.

  6. When I moved to Texas 20 years ago I was warned that scorpions would do this.   I shook out my shoes for a few years but nothing.  Now I suppose I’ll be paranoid again for a few years. 

  7. Living in the desert and having found both scorpions and spiders in my shoes (one industrious fella even build a web on a sandal) I can tell you the best thing to do is simply place your shoes upside down when not wearing them. Spiders and and scorpions will climb in but do not like to climb up into the shoes. And of course there is always the handy shaking for safety sake but after I started storing them upside down, I never had the issue.

  8. You know what else likes warm, dark, damp shoes? Japanese hornets. Fortunately, their sting-y bits tend to be pointed away from one’s foot, so it’s more a case of “huh, what’s that in my shoe? OHMIGOD!! [wham!] [wham!] [wham!]”

  9. I’m pretty sure that the close-up of the “spider” biting is actually someone’s hairy butt.  Just so you know.

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