Catch And Release

A few minutes ago youngest son presented a wad of toilet paper. “Hey Mom, does this look like a black widow?” Before I could say “pretty sure it was before you squashed it to smithereens”, youngest son apologetically explained his act of arachnid annihilation. “Sitting on the toilet when it ran towards me, squashed it before I had time to think”. Trust me it wasn’t after you, went unspoken. Youngest son knew how I felt about killing spiders.

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Spider bites are extremely rare, truth is they want nothing to do with us. Spiders exist to control insect populations. House spiders control flies, snag mosquitoes, sideline beetles and trounce moths. Garden spiders feast on aphids ,control grubs and beetles, dissuade spider mites and crop destroying grasshoppers. But for spiders, ours would be a unrecognizable world. Like it or not, spiders matter.

It’s no secret I have a thing for spiders. Truth be told, the first thing I did after youngest son dispatched bathroom widow was check on kitchen widow. The sight of kitchen window widow’s shellacked body eased regret over bathroom widow’s demise. Well behaved spiders are welcome in my house, uppity ones are caught and released.

Catch and release contradicts human nature. Instinct commands our imperative to eradicate arachnid invaders. I get it, house spiders terrify most people. That said, next time a spider surprises you on the toilet, muster the fortitude to catch and release. All it takes is a glass and sheet of paper. Spiders aren’t after us, they mean us no harm. Trust me, catch and release feels great.



11 thoughts on “Catch And Release

  1. Arachnid, spin your web! or whatever you do to keep us anonymously safe from other pests–one caveat: the brown traveler spider will bite you if you stick your hand too far into the under the sink cabinet–still it might be worth the lesson to leave well enough alone. There’s a reason small dark hard to reach, out of mind places are made–to be forgotten until it comes time to sell the house. Smiles>KB

  2. Most animals fall into this category. I have dived with tiger sharks that my dive buddy daughter thought were very big at a meter away… Traveled through crocodile invested rivers in northern Queensland (Oz), shared tall grass with lethal brown snakes. The deal seems to be: if you respect my space, I will respect yours. Enjoy your day.

    But my biggest brushes with danger have always been with a single species. Humans. Weaponized adrenaline loaded skinheads, drunk drivers, knife wielding gangs.

    At least spiders are rational.

  3. Reflex:

    “Hi, there— SQUELCH—little eight-legged ex-fellow creature…”

    (and who can argue with a reflex, huh?)

  4. I have left a small Black Widow alone to do its work… besides, it lived behind a door frame, coming out only at night for it’s meals, so difficult to catch anyway. Granted, there were no children present, but once one knows the location of something potentially dangerous, it is easier to avoid contact.

    Now, Red European Centipedes are more challenging. They deliver a nasty poisonous bite and can move at alarming speeds. They also like to be in cosy places like your home! So far, I haven’t had to kill one. I hope that day never comes.

    I once walked up to a small green tree snake to admire its beauty as it eyed me from its position in a small bush. Little did I know the capacity of its venom and I regretted telling the hotel owners of my interesting sighting. They dispatched a team of hunters to go and find the poor creature which was then horrifically killed in a great spectacle. I have since learned not to tell others about my sightings of wildlife. 😢

  5. There must be something special about you that you seem to attract so many widows. Or your house. In all the time we spent RV’ing and living in houses here in the Great State of Wisconsin we have never had an infestation much less long-term resident spides of ANY species much less widows. Just consider yourselves blessed is all I can think of to say. :-\

  6. I totally agree with you. I consider my spiders as house pets and they have free range. When their webs turn to cobwebs, then they get brushed or vacuumed. A man friend once killed a spider running across the floor as we were watching a movie. Poor guy got a serious tongue lashing, and he thought he’d done me a favour with his macho bravery and all. OK, we’re still friends but he’s got to share the room with “my” spiders. Thanks for the reminder of how much good spiders do for us and our world.

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