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Seattle, we're in the middle of a spider invasion.

Aug 23rd | categories: Funny, Gross, Local

The Stranger posted a terrifying picture yesterday of a giant house spider in someone's bathroom and it reminded me of an awful moment in my life. Back in May as I was groggily waking up in the morning, I saw what appeared to be the shadow of a bird on my bathroom wall. Upon closer inspection, I realized it was the biggest spider I had ever seen that wasn't on TV. After hyperventilating and sneaking out of the bathroom before it could kill me, I found the nearest male person in the house and had them murder it. It took about 3 boot smashes to finally die. THAT'S HOW BIG IT WAS. Ugh. Ick. Gross. Do Not Want.

I told you that enitre story just so you can read another gross spider story over here. Have you seen these giant creatures in your house yet?


Seattle, we're in the middle of a spider invasion.
| August 23, 2013 at 12:14PM
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| August 23, 2013 at 12:18PM
I used to get these in my last house every year. When the temperature drops outside, they like to come inside. Nothing like waking up with one ON YOU or ABOVE YOU!

| August 23, 2013 at 12:21PM
We had one bigger than that in our house the other day and instead of killing it, my husband felt the need to capture and release! I'm with you Pepper, I felt lucky to be alive...LOL

| August 23, 2013 at 12:46PM
My sanctuary too has recently been invaded by these large rapscallion's. I took several pictures and Google searched them, and my finding was that these large spiders are hobo spiders. Just a heads up they are poisonous worst case scenario however is that you temporarily go blind. So watch out... Good luck fending these creatures off friends.

| August 23, 2013 at 1:00PM
Lived in various parts of WA for 26 years and have rarely come across house spiders this often and this large, but all year this year has been an endless invasion of HUGE spiders.

Nikki(Tao of Mag)
| August 23, 2013 at 1:11PM
Actually, hobo's are smaller. Giant house spiders are relatively harmless to humans(I'm sure their bite still hurts) and in fact eat hobo spiders. Hobos also can't be killed by bug bombs, in fact it just makes them more aggressive. I kill every large spider I see(they look so close to each other I don't take the time to differentiate between the two. I can tell you that hobos have a shorter, rounded abdomen, and the house spider's is more elongated. Hopefully that helps. Here's an article with more info: http://pep(dot)wsu(dot)edu/pdf/PLS116_1(dot)pdf

| August 23, 2013 at 2:46PM
Something everyone should know, the giant house spiders are natural enemies to the aggressive house spider, which is the one that does damage to humans with their bite. Their bite is similar to that of the brown recluse. So although the giant house spider is creepy and nasty and HUGE, they actually kill the aggressive house spider that is a danger to us.

wolf spiders
| August 23, 2013 at 3:20PM
They are completely harmless. Big hairy and icky but will do no harm.

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