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pangor Sep 11th 2006 9:39 am

spiders !
 
Sitting quietly on the sofa the other night when Nicola suddenly jumps up saying - there's one of those things on your arm. What things says I, idly looking down and came face to face with a white tailed spider !

Just like the descriptions - size of a new ten cent piece, cigar shaped body, and lovely white spot on the end.

Anyway as it headed for my neck I ran outside and shook it off, where upon it wandered off into the undergrowth before I could get a photo.

Already felt a few small earthquakes, now spiders, so just need to see a volcano going up and my life will be complete !

peter

SarahB Sep 11th 2006 10:06 am

Re: spiders !
 
Yes, I have seen a few of those in our last house.... not seen any here yet but give it time! :) I think I just flicked the thing outside whereas my OH will stamp on them.

planty Sep 11th 2006 11:06 am

Re: spiders !
 
We've just moved into our rental in Timaru and in the morning after the first night the wife said there was a spider in our bedroom and asked for me to come and remove it, the kids were all excited to examine this strange new spider that I informed them was a white tip. Strange thing was, that first night sleeping on a air bed, I was sure I was woken by a biting sensation and for the rest of that night didn't sleep very well, not from being bitten but, I felt really itchy all over........... :eek:

Guess I'll never know if it was the spider that bit me but having not had the feeling since or before, who knows. :)

We haven't seen one since, just in case this worries anyone. But then we've only been here a week, and loving it. Been in New Zealand for just over 3 weeks now, wow that's gone quick.

SarahB Sep 11th 2006 11:09 am

Re: spiders !
 

Originally Posted by planty
We haven't seen one since, just in case this worries anyone. But then we've only been here a week, and loving it. Been in New Zealand for just over 3 weeks now, wow that's gone quick.

I bet it has!! We've been here 15 months now and I can hardly believe how time flies!! :) Any culture shock yet?

Nice Guy Sep 11th 2006 11:11 am

Nice white tails...........
 
I saw the biggest mf of white tails about 2 months ago.

I had noticed that there were not so many spiders in the lounge as normal, in our house we have a tendency to leave spiders alone as we feel they do a good job keeping the less desirable insects at bay.

Then I saw the reason why no spiders, a white tail the size of a Shetland pony creeping gingerly up the wall.

White tails have a tendency to munch on other spiders and it is a tell tail (pun!) sign you have white tails when you have no other spiders in the house.

I caught the little so and so and released it out side.

Ahhhhhhhhh I feel so………..human! :D

planty Sep 11th 2006 11:16 am

Re: Nice white tails...........
 

Originally Posted by Nice Guy
I saw the biggest mf of white tails about 2 months ago.

I had noticed that there were not so many spiders in the lounge as normal, in our house we have a tendency to leave spiders alone as we feel they do a good job keeping the less desirable insects at bay.

Then I saw the reason why no spiders, a white tail the size of a Shetland pony creeping gingerly up the wall.

White tails have a tendency to munch on other spiders and it is a tell tail (pun!) sign you have white tails when you have no other spiders in the house.

I caught the little so and so and released it out side.

Ahhhhhhhhh I feel so………..human! :D

I released the one we found, but was then told by one of the locals that they are an aussie native that didn't belong here and as NG said they eat the native NZ spiders and should be killed immediately.

Lets hope the locals haven't got anything against the English. :D

danny.f Sep 11th 2006 12:09 pm

Re: Nice white tails...........
 

Originally Posted by planty
I released the one we found, but was then told by one of the locals that they are an aussie native that didn't belong here and as NG said they eat the native NZ spiders and should be killed immediately.

Lets hope the locals haven't got anything against the English. :D


What you need to do is invest in a microscope and some tiny scissors and bandages,and then procede to cut the buggers bollock* off!! :D
Only messing,love em,nurture them,give them big hugs!

sparkywater Sep 11th 2006 7:57 pm

Re: spiders !
 
What is it about white tips are they poisonous?

pangor Sep 11th 2006 8:25 pm

Re: spiders !
 

Originally Posted by sparkywater
What is it about white tips are they poisonous?


http://www.landcareresearch.co.nz/re...white_tail.asp

Yes - seems they can give you a nasty nip if you annoy them. Has been some hype in the papers a while back about "necrotising arachnidism" but seems pretty much unsubstantated.( Danny F might be able to use it on the ward though )

Do like the bit in above report about how they hide in your clothes during the day, if you leave them lying on the floor - must tell my teenage sons that !

And funnily enough as Nice Guy said I haven't seen any other spiders around for a while inside.

peter

mcuddy1 Sep 11th 2006 9:37 pm

Re: spiders !
 
Wife has just read the above thread she is getting a bit tetchy and does not want to know anything else. The stressed look on her face does not bode well.
How is the spider population in South Island is it just as bad or can you put her mind at rest . Cheersz :beer:

Nice Guy Sep 11th 2006 10:34 pm

Don't worry..........be happy!
 
Apparently as they munch on other spiders so they absorb the other spiders toxins, so their bite is not poisonous as such but more dirty.

I’ve been in NZ for 5 years and have only seen two, one in a GP’s surgery and the other in my house.

Tell your wife no to worry it is not a major!

Markk Sep 11th 2006 10:36 pm

Re: spiders !
 

Originally Posted by planty
..... that I informed them was a white tip. Strange thing was, that first night sleeping on a air bed, I was sure I was woken by a biting sensation and for the rest of that night didn't sleep very well, not from being bitten but, I felt really itchy all over........... :eek:

Blimey Planty, you had a reef shark in your bedroom! No wonder you didn't sleep well! :D

Jude J Sep 11th 2006 10:42 pm

Re: spiders !
 
I have seen a few of them about. My 15 yr old daughter was bitten by one, she had a bump for a few days and said it was very itchy but she was more upset that it was a spider that bit her.

Biddy Sep 12th 2006 7:17 am

Re: spiders !
 
The white tail gets quite a lot of bad press - unjustly I reckon - I've not seen one in 12 months - despite the kids having seen millions (yeah right). They really aren't that common and at worst are going to give you a nasty nip that you may react to.

Bloody Aussie immegrants!

SirEglamore Sep 12th 2006 9:51 am

Re: spiders !
 

Originally Posted by planty
We've just moved into our rental in Timaru and in the morning after the first night the wife said there was a spider in our bedroom and asked for me to come and remove it, the kids were all excited to examine this strange new spider that I informed them was a white tip. Strange thing was, that first night sleeping on a air bed, I was sure I was woken by a biting sensation and for the rest of that night didn't sleep very well, not from being bitten but, I felt really itchy all over........... :eek:

Guess I'll never know if it was the spider that bit me but having not had the feeling since or before, who knows. :)

We haven't seen one since, just in case this worries anyone. But then we've only been here a week, and loving it. Been in New Zealand for just over 3 weeks now, wow that's gone quick.

Hi Planty,
How do you rate Timaru. Thats where we want to be heading., at least live in Geraldine. Whats the area like for general ease of living. we visited in may and loved it but not actually come across anyone who's migrated there.
What do you do for a living , I need to find myself something as its the OH who has the quals. Probably in agriculture or outdoorsy sort of thing/animals. keep the spider thing under your hat, she thinks theres no crawlies in NZ ;)

mumomonty Sep 12th 2006 10:26 am

Re: Nice white tails...........
 

Originally Posted by planty
I released the one we found, but was then told by one of the locals that they are an aussie native that didn't belong here and as NG said they eat the native NZ spiders and should be killed immediately.

Lets hope the locals haven't got anything against the English. :D


hope you ponted out that they're not natives either. bloody nz'ers moaning about this and that. i see they're going to have open season on Canada Geese now. Twats.

Jude J Sep 12th 2006 10:59 pm

Re: Nice white tails...........
 

Originally Posted by mumomonty
hope you ponted out that they're not natives either. bloody nz'ers moaning about this and that. i see they're going to have open season on Canada Geese now. Twats.

Eh?

kwprwn Sep 13th 2006 1:00 am

Re: spiders !
 

Originally Posted by pangor
Sitting quietly on the sofa the other night when Nicola suddenly jumps up saying - there's one of those things on your arm. What things says I, idly looking down and came face to face with a white tailed spider !

Just like the descriptions - size of a new ten cent piece, cigar shaped body, and lovely white spot on the end.

Anyway as it headed for my neck I ran outside and shook it off, where upon it wandered off into the undergrowth before I could get a photo.

Already felt a few small earthquakes, now spiders, so just need to see a volcano going up and my life will be complete !

peter

I had bloody nightmares cus of this thread, i thought there was a spider spinning down on a web from the ceiling coming to eat me...I had to get out of bed and turn on the light to check there wasnt :scared:

SarahB Sep 13th 2006 3:17 am

Re: spiders !
 

Originally Posted by kwprwn
I had bloody nightmares cus of this thread, i thought there was a spider spinning down on a web from the ceiling coming to eat me...I had to get out of bed and turn on the light to check there wasnt :scared:

lol!! Yesterday I had an appointment with the midwife and whilst in there I saw a largish spider running across the floor.... she had trapped it under a pot under her desk and it had escaped. She looked a bit worried so I ended up scooping it up and popping it out the front door onto the grass for her.

Jude J Sep 13th 2006 3:20 am

Re: spiders !
 

Originally Posted by SarahB
lol!! Yesterday I had an appointment with the midwife and whilst in there I saw a largish spider running across the floor.... she had trapped it under a pot under her desk and it had escaped. She looked a bit worried so I ended up scooping it up and popping it out the front door onto the grass for her.

:scared: you pick them up :scared:
Luckily I have my son to do that for me, me and hubby cant do it!
I dread him leaving home :D

kwprwn Sep 13th 2006 3:21 am

Re: spiders !
 

Originally Posted by SarahB
lol!! Yesterday I had an appointment with the midwife and whilst in there I saw a largish spider running across the floor.... she had trapped it under a pot under her desk and it had escaped. She looked a bit worried so I ended up scooping it up and popping it out the front door onto the grass for her.

spiders generally dont bother me but it was just a horrid dream, creepy crawlies crawling all over me...yuk yuk yuk

SarahB Sep 13th 2006 4:09 am

Re: spiders !
 

Originally Posted by Jude J
:scared: you pick them up :scared:
Luckily I have my son to do that for me, me and hubby cant do it!
I dread him leaving home :D

Yes most of them dont bother me...... the occasional one will though..... for some reason if they look really freaky or some part of them is not in proportion, say its got a big squishy body and short legs then I dont like to pick them up.... arnt I strange!! :) ....used to pick them up in my hands and chase my friends round the office years ago...

kwprwn Sep 13th 2006 5:22 am

Re: spiders !
 

Originally Posted by SarahB
Yes most of them dont bother me...... the occasional one will though..... for some reason if they look really freaky or some part of them is not in proportion, say its got a big squishy body and short legs then I dont like to pick them up.... arnt I strange!! :) ....used to pick them up in my hands and chase my friends round the office years ago...

I used to do that as well, a girl I used to work with at Thomas Cook was terrified of them and used to call me in the foreign exchange to come and remove them as she could not go near them...I was always saying to her 'how big are you and how small is that spider' ...we are sick and cruel people :D

kwprwn Sep 13th 2006 5:23 am

Re: spiders !
 

Originally Posted by Jude J
:scared: you pick them up :scared:
Luckily I have my son to do that for me, me and hubby cant do it!
I dread him leaving home :D

WIMP :D

planty Sep 13th 2006 8:46 am

Re: spiders !
 
I haven't seen anymore white tips, and from what I've been told their bite is like wasp stings, some people have an allergy towards them and most don't, if your one of the unlucky people who have to get rushed to hospital if stung by a wasp then you'd be wise to stay clear of white tips.

I was reading an artical in the Timaru Herald the other day about a lady in Timaru who last year dug her garden and planted some potatoes, when she went to dig some up she had a huge spider run across her hand, she carried on digging into the ground until she came across a nest of of these huge spiders, the artical said it was tunnel webs or funnel web spiders and that she still hasn't dug up her spuds from last year. :scared:

SarahB Sep 13th 2006 9:53 am

Re: spiders !
 

Originally Posted by kwprwn
I used to do that as well, a girl I used to work with at Thomas Cook was terrified of them and used to call me in the foreign exchange to come and remove them as she could not go near them...I was always saying to her 'how big are you and how small is that spider' ...we are sick and cruel people :D

What a coincidence.... the time I used to do that I was at Thomas Cook too!! I worked in Peterborough in the Head Office until I emigrated last year. For some reason there were loads of spiders in the huge open plan building we were in. I have to admit to not liking wasps and ants much though.

Jude J Sep 13th 2006 10:42 pm

Re: spiders !
 

Originally Posted by SarahB
What a coincidence.... the time I used to do that I was at Thomas Cook too!! I worked in Peterborough in the Head Office until I emigrated last year. For some reason there were loads of spiders in the huge open plan building we were in. I have to admit to not liking wasps and ants much though.

You horrible pair! Have you ever seen a grown woman shriek? Well, you would have if I worked with you. Just before handing in my notice that is!
This morning I went to get little one out of her cot and she pointed to the wall behind her and said 'pider' I couldn't see one it must have run off. I dont want to pass my fear on to her.

Jude J Sep 13th 2006 10:43 pm

Re: spiders !
 

Originally Posted by planty
I haven't seen anymore white tips, and from what I've been told their bite is like wasp stings, some people have an allergy towards them and most don't, if your one of the unlucky people who have to get rushed to hospital if stung by a wasp then you'd be wise to stay clear of white tips.

I was reading an artical in the Timaru Herald the other day about a lady in Timaru who last year dug her garden and planted some potatoes, when she went to dig some up she had a huge spider run across her hand, she carried on digging into the ground until she came across a nest of of these huge spiders, the artical said it was tunnel webs or funnel web spiders and that she still hasn't dug up her spuds from last year. :scared:

Do tell me that isn't true. I thought they were just in Oz.


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