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Any good spider repellents?

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06-29-2006 04:41:37

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I have once again, received a spider bite. My fellow office workers say i am going to turn into spider man...

ironically, i recieved this bite in the same work location as my last bite. Out in the field working on an electric gate for our company.

Last month, the main control board went out.. This week, the rf receiver went out after a thunder storm. I actually saw the 'quarter' sized light brown/black ( wolf? ) spider run up over the bridge of my foot.. pause at my ankle, and then run off. An hour later.. there it was.. a nice red spot.

I'm getting pretty good at this now.. When i got back to work I didn't even wait for any symptons to start.. I just popped a benadryl and went about my business.

Bit came to a small (white) head later that night, which opened on it's own in the shower. This was on monday afternoon... Bit is now red and a little larger than the size of a BB. I put some alergy creme on it every now and then. So far no swelling, no aches / muscle pain.. no drainage.. and no enlargement of the wound.. no pain at bite site.. though on the first day there was.

I'm just keeping a good eye on it and checking it every few hours to look for change.

I half jokingly told my wife that if she finds me disorientated or worse, to point out to the er that I was bit here, etc, etc, etc...

Lets see.. this will be my 4th spider bite in 2 years... These little buggers LOVE me.

I would like to add that each bite has had less severe reactions than the previous. First one was fairly bad.. second similar but shorter duration, 3rd again less.. and this one.. well.. I would call it very-mild... etc.

I generally put on mosquito / fly repellant if i am going out to a jobsite to do anything.. but that doesn't seem to effect the spiders... ... Actually.. it must make me taste good or something...

Any ideas? By the time i find something good, My immunity will probably make it a moot point.....


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Ole Country Boy

06-29-2006 07:18:52

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 Re: Any good spider repellents? in reply to souNdguy, 06-29-2006 04:41:37  
shoot, when I first read the title, my first thought, I got a Fix!! Well, not really, I was thinking of running them out of barn or other area. For that mothballs works great.. Around the house, pressure wash with dishwashing detergent on the outside walls.

As far as keeping them off you.. Shoot, keep your shirt sleeves buttoned up, and your pants cuffs tight around your boots. Dog gone it,, they can be sneaking.

Many years ago I was catching bails of hay on top of the hay wagon. Buddy threw up a bail that had a nest of black widows on it, one got me on the ankle so bad it knocked me off the stack. Doctor, shots, cold compress etc.. Lived through it but I do avoid them now and the brown recluse is the worst, here anyway.

Just look twice and maybe use a stick to turn over or rocks, leaves, etc in doing your work..

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06-29-2006 06:32:53

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 Re: Any good spider repellents? in reply to souNdguy, 06-29-2006 04:41:37  
If you wear boots, put a dog flea collar around each boot. Remember that the flea collar is not suppose to touch your skin or socks. A small piece in any foot square area will also keep them out of the area. (tractor air filters)

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Jerry (AL)

06-29-2006 05:15:55

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 Re: Any good spider repellents? in reply to souNdguy, 06-29-2006 04:41:37  
I buy a spray can of spinder and ant killer. I think I remember hearing most things that kill ants will kill spiders but not sure. I use it in the garage and it wipes them out. Just go around the corners and wall quickly wile holding my breath. They love the garage. Good dry and hot.

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06-29-2006 05:28:12

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 Re: Any good spider repellents? in reply to Jerry (AL), 06-29-2006 05:15:55  
I wonder if there is anything i can spray on my shoes / pants to keep them off of me.

I had been using something with DEET in it.. but I find out now that DEET is just a chemical that confuses mosquitos on how to target things exhaling carbon dioxide.. which is how they normally track us... Guess that won't do didly to a spider..e tc.


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