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Friday, April 4, 2008

Death of a Black Widow

A symphony of birds this morning on my run. Nothing sounds more beautiful than Canadian birds on a spring morning.
As usual, an infestation of black widows in my garage this spring. I found a huge one on the garage ceiling and brought it down to flip it. Sure enough a big red hour glass. As I ran inside to get a jar to collect her, Peter killed her with my badminton racket. i was so mad because I was going to relocate her or keep her as a specimen. She was huge! Her daughter still reside in a web on our garage window--her marking are yellowish still as she is young. They can live up to 5 years and if they like a place, stay their entire life. But, their venom is 15x that of a rattlesnake and more deadly than that of a cobra or coral snake--so as their bite may not kill me and PJ, it could easily kill a child. I will relocate the young one. It seems our garage is a favourite winter hang out for them. So I am sure it will be impossible to relocate them all. I am a huge fan of spiders, I find them beautiful and fascinating, I just don't want my babies to get bitten!

1 Comments:

Blogger Sandra said...

We found a black widow on our deck yesterday and it got through the slats of the deck before we could kill it. We would prefer not to get bitten by one and so should you.
Sometimes the Budist thing can go too far. Remember you do have young children.

April 4, 2008 at 9:53 AM  

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