How Do Spiders Get Inside Houses

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  1. Frank Sanoica

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    I took a job in Colorado, Canon City specifically, when I finished college at UNLV. Rented a little house there, it was summer, hot, I was there alone, newly divorced, my Mother left behind in Vegas to handle selling the house.

    A few days into the job, I awoke early at dawn's light, lying on my back in bed, and saw something directly above me on the ceiling. Grabbed my glasses, and never flew out of bed as fast before in my life! Upside down, crawling on the ceiling, was this:

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    I had no idea scorpions lived in mountainous, cool climates, nor that they could walk on walls and ceilings! That evening, sitting watching T-V, I felt something crawl across my fare foot; you guessed it! Place was full of them, they spent the heat of day beneath the house in the crawl space (as I found upon looking in there).

    Complained to the landlady, a widow, who proclaimed I should see the Tarantulas which live on the "big hog-back" west of town; they're "big as teacups"!

    I got out of that house as quick as possible. Never was stung by one, fortunately.
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    Forgot about them short squat jumpers built like a tank. Another critter in Kentucky that's not here. You were lucky it didn't give you a farewell bite. They got a powerful one that will raise a red bump near 2inch size, and will throb for days. Feels like a mud dapper but lasts longer.
     
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    I hear tell these varmints are in SoCal. If they ever colonize this area it will be time to move. Anything too big for a flyswatter or can of Raid to deal with, is too big to deal with.
     
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    Scorpions stings are painful, but the only ones with the potential of being dangerous in the United States are the Arizona bark scorpions, found in the southwestern United States. Fatalities are rare, but they are more dangerous than black widow spiders.
     
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    @Ken Anderson
    A neighbor of mine in Phoenix did landscaping, which often required trimming of Palm Trees. Turns out, the heart-wood of Palms, in the very top center where new fronds issue forth, are a favorite gathering place for scorpions, as the moisture there attracts insects, which the scorpions love to eat. He claimed to have been stung numerous times.
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    https://bugguide.net/node/view/5777
    Sounds to me like they are a bit more than just painful. Add to it the really poisonous kind seems to have invaded SoCal:
    http://ipm.ucanr.edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn74110.html
    Oh hell, they are here:
    http://www.sfbaywildlife.info/species/scorpions.htm
    Ain't never seen one in all the time I been here...twenty years maybe. Still, that's a bad omen. Guess I'd best start putting money aside for a move, and start looking into where I can move to that they are not. That way if I ever do see one I'll be able to get outta Dodge quick. Three things I do not mess with is rattlesnakes, scorpions and killer bees. Where these critters are, I don't want to be.
     
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    @Neville Telen
    If critters more dangerous than scorpions are a threat to you, consider that Timber Rattlesnakes have been found in all 48 states! Far more dangerous than mere scorpions, but possibly less commonly seen.......

    My big male cat, always the "watcher", amazed me while I lived in Vegas. I entered the garage from the kitchen one afternoon, one step down, to find the "Ox-Cat" engaged in a mortal game with the largest scorpion I've seen, at least 8 inches long. The intruder vainly trying to sting the cat, as his front paw lashed out time and again, batting the perp across it's back, I watched mystified, soon realizing the cat somehow knew of the inherent danger, and by virtue of his quickness and the scorpion's sluggishness, was easily capable of winning the match. By the time it was over, the scorpion, barely moving, and unable to strike anymore, the cat probed softly with his padded foot, raising the adversary in the air a few inches, then, satisfied with his victory, calmly walked away.

    I preserved that specimen in casting plastic, but over the years and many long-distance moves, it has become lost now and only a memory.
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    I have heard people claim there were rattlesnakes in Kentucky, but I had lived there all my life and never seen one, so you cannot prove it by me. We had water moccasin and hornets and black widows. That's about it. Of the three, only the hornets and black widows ventured into any city. The snakes kept to the countryside. I been here now around twenty years and never saw a rattler or scorpion. As long as the rattlesnakes, scorpions, and killer bees stay clear of the city its okay. Minute I see one of these critters while walking down the sidewalk, sitting on a park bench, or worse yet in my place, its moving time. No way I will coexist with these nasties. Cats are wonderful little beings that so enrich ones life. I sorely miss having one around.
     
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    About fifty rattlesnakes were found near the coast in Maine a couple of years ago. They were all found in the same area, within the same summer, so it was assumed that someone had transported them here from elsewhere.
     
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    That's a pleasant thought---someone helping the spread of rattlesnakes. Hopefully the critters will freeze to death, but if garter snakes can survive Canada:

    ...maybe rattlesnakes can thrive in Maine.
     
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