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Monday, October 20, 2014

Spider Slayers Extraordinaire

Today feels like a weird day. Like I feel a little sad today, but for no reason. Does that ever happen to you? You just kind of wake up in a weird mood?

Well anyway, instead of dwelling on things that I have no idea how to fix, we will instead discuss my amazing spider killing abilities!
But seriously though, there have been a lot of spiders in the house this year! I think I've killed 3 big ones in the past few weeks.
Now, you may not know this, but spiders actually really freak me out. If I have to kill a spider when I'm all alone in the house, it will probably take me 5 to 10 minutes. That's 5 to 10 minutes of me saying, "You can do this, you've got this, just kill him. One two three... four five six seven. I hate spiders!"
But I have this weird thing where if other people are afraid, then I'm brave. I'm not even scared when I kill that sucker if I know you're freaking out about it. 
That didn't really work the other day though.

So I was getting into my bed, ready to go to sleep, when I look up. I have mesh netting around my bed, and there was something black in the netting. I calmly (I hope) told my little sister to turn on the light because there was something in my room. 
She turns on the light, and who should be chilling in my netting? Just a teenage wolf spider. No big deal. Right above my head where I sleep every night.
So I pulled the pillows off the bed, because if I attempted to kill him and he fell, I did NOT want him falling into little crevices where I would never find him. After deciding to remove all the bedding from my bed I told Charissa to get me a cup.
I had no idea what I was going to do with the cup. I had some vague idea that I would trap him in the cup and then flush him down the toilet, but it was risky. After all, he'd just claimed my canopy as his new web and he wasn't exactly in a good position for me to just smash him or trap him to the wall.
I was trying not to freak out while complaining to Charissa that I had no idea how to do this. 
To which she replied, "I just had this vision of me spraying him with Listerine so that he fell into the cup."
Which actually was not a bad idea. 

A little lesson in spider anatomy. Spiders breathe through their skin. So, if you can cover them completely in something, they suffocate. Water isn't really good for this since air can be trapped by their little hairs, but as we learned not that long ago, Listerine is PERFECT. Instant death. Literally.

She didn't have a spray bottle but she did have a little plastic syringe that you use to give little kids liquid medicine. She filled that with Listerine and I had her squirt it into the bottom of the cup. Then she filled it again.
Meanwhile the spider was just chilling. 
I even moved the netting so that Charissa could stand on the bed, on the outside to spray him as he fell into the cup.
In a coordinated effort, we won!
She squirted, he fell into instant death! And then we flushed him away. Because that's how we know that they won't come back for us, even if they aren't dead. 

And thus we slayed that little sucker! 
So there, spiders of the world, you should probably stay away because we have a lot of mouth wash.

Anybody else slay some spiders lately? Or, conquered some fear?

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1 comment:

  1. Oh my heck. This is me to a T! I woke up in a funk today and got out of bed super late. I went to pick up clothes that had been on the floor all night and found a lovely little woodlouse hunter on my favorite top! It was already dead, so I can't say that I killed it, but I did squish it with a napkin and slam it into the trash can. I can assure you that I will never again leave clothes on the floor overnight. Imagine if I had put the shirt on!!!!! [shiver] It was fifty times better than finding a much larger woodlouse on my pillow a few weeks ago. I cried and cried until I passed out. My husband was so worried! Basically, I hate spiders.