How do I get rid of this spider?
August 26, 2014 9:36 AM Subscribe
A small-ish spider (slightly bigger than 1cm in diameter including the legs, I think) has set up home in my living room.
posted by AllShoesNoSocks to Pets & Animals (15 answers total)
In Scotland so almost certainly not poisonous, FYI. I would normally try to put it in/on something and put it out the window but it's usually hiding in its web so I can't get at it. Plus I've startled it once or twice and seen how fast it can move - I'm not sure I could get it into a container and out the window fast enough before it crawled up my arm even if I could get in at it. Its web is sort of spun between several small (severely neglected) pot plants. If I try to vacuum it, the web could create enough of an obstacle for it to make an escape. I'm considering putting the whole lot in a bin bag but I think it might run off before I can complete the manoeuvre. I'd even settle for squashing it, even though ideally I don't want to deal with a dead spider - but it's not on a flat surface and has plenty of soil to hide in. I'm stumped.
(N.B. I don't like spiders and I don't want to touch it - please no suggestions that involving grabbing, catching, touching, petting, or making love to the spider. Thanks.)