These suckers are invading the house by the dozens. It has been very dry here, so I guess they are looking for water.
If you crush them they produce an awful stench.
How do they get in?
How can I kill them without poisioning the dog and cat?
Well, as far as I know, they are pretty harmless to people. I guess that wasn’t the question though, was it? Try putting a bowl of water someplace they can reach it (outside) - maybe it will pull them toward that vs. your house.
Okay, I know that’s a long shot but I just have this thing about killing stuff. My dad has this thing for spiders so all I’d ever hear growing up was “Don’t kill that spider! He’s not hurting you - just put him outside. He kills lots of other pests we wouldn’t want in the house”.
I have a bunch of them in my new apartment (which is in a basement). Curiously, there were loads of them before I moved (when the apartment was empty) but much less now that there is daily activity.
I don’t like to kill bugs, so I get a glass and put it over the spider and then slip a piece of thin cardboard underneath, and then carry it outside. Gotta be careful when doing this - if you slip, your hand is right there, just waiting for the spider to quickly crawl up your arm and into your shirt! Brrrrrrrrr!!!
The gecko is a good idea - cute too - but my cats would soon make a crunchy delicious snack out of it.
Heed Mjollnir’s words of warning. Even the Straight Dope itself is inconclusive on this point. But I say better safe than sorry. You should move out immediately and burn down the house to be on the safe side.
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Do you have central vac? If so, just suck 'em up. If not, use the hose attachments on a regular vac. You don’t have to get too close to snag them and you can just empty the canister (or chuck the vac bag).
I did this every time my house was attacked by ladybugs (some sort of weird annual New England thing) and it worked wonderfully.
That was the saddest damn thing I’ve ever read involving spiders. It choked me up, fercryinoutloud! I’ve never even pulled the wings off a fly, but now I’m just guilt ridden over that poor daddy long legs. God, I think I might need therapy now…