I just about freaked when I saw this little (big) guy hanging right outside our dining room window! Lately it seems that I have been spotting giant spiders everywhere. I open the backyard gate and there goes a big spider scurrying under the garbage can. I turn on the hose to water my flower pots and a giant black spider disappears into the coils of the hose. I have just about given up on walking down the path on our sideyard because I am almost always stopped by a giant spider web that spans the 5 foot space between the fence and the house. And I don't think the phenomenom is limited to just our house. Other friends have shared their harrowing accounts of finding giant hairy spiders even inside their homes! I just can't figure out what is going on. I had Scott spray for them a few weeks ago all around the house, but there seems to be some survivors.
I lifted Payton up to the window to show him this sucker and he immediately began wiggling in my arms to get down, fast. I don't blame him. Then, as I'm standing there very close to the window, trying to get a good shot . . . .which is completely unnerving, even though there is glass between us . . . and I'm startled by the spray of Raid hitting the window smack in my face. Across the fence stands my hero of a husband, armed with a can of wasp, bee & spider Raid that can shoot a good 15 feet. We all watched as our unwelcome visitor ran up his web to the roof, tried to get a hold of the gutters, and finally succumbed to the poison and dropped dead.
Sorry if this story is a little too morbid for you, but I have no compassion when it comes to spiders.
In the spirit of Halloween, here's a b&w version of our picture of the day to get you in the mood. Or not.