How to Deal with Insects

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Reader Comments (13)

Warnings don't work. They get revenge.

December 5, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterizzy_wolfe_13

Spiders are cannibals, they eat other dead spiders...FYI

December 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJeremiah

More specifically female spiders eat the males after mating. So did Jeffery Dahmer.

I wonder if post coital cannibalism is the best kind?

March 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMutt

Well dug Mutt! Everyone knows food is better after it's been stuffed.

July 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRhys

well said Rhys

August 2, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkyle

I hate having to put up with peoples irrational fear of spiders, except when i use it to my advantage.
There are few things more entertaining than releacing a swarm of PERFECTLY HARMLESS daddy long legs in a classroom full of sissys. One time the teacher actually tried to kill them with his stapler and hand sanitiser.

September 30, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterfred

@fred, daddy long legs are only harmless because they have those adorable little fangs that are just too tiny to pierce your skin. if they could, their venom would screw you up six ways to sunday.

December 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterL G

@ L G, and a tree is only harmless because nobody has cut it down, made a baseball bat out of it, and sold it to a sleezy Italian stereotype, who then beat you with it for owing him money. If they did, they could screw you up every which way it pleased, including six ways to sunday.

January 16, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersome unfunny smartalec

@fred: This is why we can't have nice things.

March 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterADSF

@LG, you do know that's twaddle, right? "Ooh, daddy longlegs are deadly deadly venomous, but their fangs are too small!"

Of the several species known as the "daddy longlegs", only one is actually venomous, and that one can bite. While its fangs are too small to fully penetrate typical human skin, it can inject venom - which produces a mild burning sensation for about a minute. It's rubbish, and worse, it's not even interesting rubbish. Want an interesting spider? Try the brown recluse - it's got the same fang structure as the cellar spider (one of the "daddy long-legs") but its venom is not only dangerous, it'll give you flesh necrosis.

April 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDoonesman

Reading through the archives, and I just had to stop and say THANK YOU, to Doon.

I can't stand that garbage about "daddy longlegs" spiders being incredibly venomous. In fact, out here in the Pacific Northwest, what most people consider to be daddy longlegs aren't even spiders, but harvestmen. (Count the legs.)

Also, what's up with people always saying that spiders are cannibals because the "female eats the male after mating"? I mean, spiders are cannibals ALL the time, not just after mating. :D

...The more you know?

June 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCally

Spiders aren't insects, and they kill insects. I don't think spiders are very digestible, but I've never been your cat. Nor have I been sick on your home. What I'm trying to say is, spiders in my part of the world leave people alone if they're left alone, but the insect edition of "I Am Legend" is about a spider. Or something.

January 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRobert Carnegie

Do me a favor, Mr. Meyer. Re-label your "Reader Comments" section as "Beating A Dead Horse" section.

November 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJohnnyboy

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