black widow angst
i know there's going to be a lot of you who tell me I'm crazy to even be asking this...it's ok, I've been called much much worse.
Went on a flashlight hike about the yard last night, one of my favorite things to do in the summer. The fishing spiders are really doing good and putting on some size, and easy to keep track of since they are creatures of habit and will still-hunt from the same location if the eatin's good. Well, I had just scoped out one corner of the foundation and had come up empty handed when my flashlight beam fell upon an unexpected sight: a dense cluster of freshly hatched, ruby-red spiderlings and the largest, healthiest black widow I have ever seen. I know we have the occasional recluse but I have never found a widow here, and I have looked for them. I honestly love spiders, and the ones that take up residence in the house are hand-fed and welcome to stay til fall as long as they dont ramble about underfoot. But widows...I truly don't want to have to destroy this lady and her brood, but I don't care for the idea of them being on the house. I guess it's psychological, and I tell myself that if she's on the outside, there's every likelihood there are others underneath, yet we have coexisted peacefully . As long as I don't go sticking my hand in her face or messing with her brood, I'm much more of a threat to her than she is to me.
is there any way I could capture them and relocate for peace of mind? I thought of getting a clean vac bag and sucking them all up and then taking the bag out to an old barn or something somewhere and propping it open for them to disperse.
I know what my husband will say when I show them to him. Maybe I won't do that..