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Thread #150645 Message #3511004
Posted By: gnomad
02-May-13 - 10:23 AM
Thread Name: BS: Natural Insect Repellents
Subject: RE: BS: Natural Insect Repellents
I am not fond of anything that scuttles, but am lucky that I don't have a true phobia, unlike a neighbour of ours in the early 70s. He managed to wreck his front room, including a £7500* harpsichord, when trapped by an unlocked door he couldn't open in his panic at meeting just one spider(harmless, no UK native spiders are dangerous). On her return from shopping his wife (about 90lb wet through) found her husband (about 280lb naked) near catatonic in the corner of a room full of trashed furniture, and no sign of the spider.
That is when I learned how scary a real phobia can be, though I am guessing you probably don't have it quite that badly, very few do. *£7500 was about the cost of 2 decent family homes at that time and place, the instrument was being kept at his home as being a safer place for a delicate antique than the university's music department.
You are unlikely to get rid of spiders entirely, so having a strategy in place to deal with them sounds like the best approach to me. You might try Googling "Spider Catcher" or a quick search at Amazon, I did so and found a variety of devices that might help. This struck me as the right sort of idea (but expensive) or there's a vacuum powered one which also looks pretty effective. Good luck.