Today, of all the places in the house, right at the corner of the washing sink in the kitchen, I found this.
Ok, that spider has moved up a bit since i scared it off. I took a closer look. Observe the RED SPOT on the abdomen.
For a moment there I almost fainted. Call me a wuss. Whatever. That is a BLACK WIDOW SPIDER. The only spider with red spot on their body is black widow spider. Just in case you are like my housemates
I went to Wikipedia and came out with this results (click)
Adult female black widow spiders are shiny black with an hourglass shaped
marking on the bottom of its abdomen.
Yeap, that pretty much describes the spider in my kitchen, so it is no doubt a black widow spider... no kidding..
Widow spiders have more potent venom than most spiders, and 5% of reported bites
result in fatalities...
What what what !!! Fatalities !! People can actually DIE from the bites??
Only sixty-three deaths were reported in the United States between 1950 and 1989
What do you mean "only"?? 63 people actually DIED from the black widow venom ?? ***GASSSPPPP***
And there it was, a black widow spider hanging around my house !!!
I do not know how common this is in Australia, maybe there is an average of 5 to 10 spiders lingering in each house (pure baseless hypothetical assumption). Maybe there are some lurking around the corners of my bedroom. Maybe it is not as lethal as it is supposed to be. I do not know. I remembered vaguely from this TV series back in my childhood called "recscue 911", there was this episode where a girl was bitten by the black widow spider and rushed to the hospital. I am entirely sure that they mentioned the only reason why she did not die was because the spider might have bitten something else before the girl, thus releasing a huge amount of venom into the previous victim.
Wow... now.... there it was. A black widow spider hanging around my house !!
And so I alerted my hosuemates who know none about black widow spider its special abilities (killing humans that is), and initially they would not care that much, until they heard about the killing part.
WT: Har.. such small thing can kill human ah??
WT: You sure that is black widow?
WT: How come u so sure? It can be just any red dot on the body what...
*WT googled black widow spider*
Wt: ok... that IS a black widow spider....
*WT googled more*
WT: OK... lets KILL it.... before it gets to us...
Kids, do not try this at home. If you found a black widow spider somewhere in your house, please alert your mama or papa. Please do not alert your Grandma.. or she might think that is a cute beetle and play with it instead... You do not want to see your Ah Ma turn into an ugly SpiderWoman after bitten by the spider and jump around the house crazily, happily spinning webs do you?? For goodness sake, be a good kid.
You see, the spider was hiding at that corner, heck they always do. We cant have a clean flat WHACK on it. So we have to find other means to get to it, without our skins near the jumping range (estimated spiders can jump up to 30cm radius) of the spider.
Here are the eauipments we gathered and the short sequence of our process in extermination the spider. The spider may not be visible, due to the black glass window behind it and the poor lighting in the kitchen. But heck, just watch the clips for the actions.
This is a good way to slow down the movement of the spider. The acidic content should torture and hurt the spider enough, sending a clear message that humans can hurt them as well. Yeah, we are good at tortures !!!!
The HOT flame should fry the butt for sure. Burning the spider alive after acidic torture is just as fantastic as having ice cream after eating fried chicken. Alright.. that does not sound so right.. but yeah... adding fire in the scene means.. adding life !!! Woo hooo...
And you know what... The spider is still F**king ALIVE after acid and FIRE burn !!!
Damned.. what are spiders made of? Fire resistant and acid proof material??
And so... here goes another round..
GO BURN IN HELL !!!
We do not know if we really killed the spider for sure, it went to the hole in the dark corner, and we could not really tell for sure. Maybe it died. Maybe it is still alive. For what we are certain, there was no movement for a long time.
Yeah, call us crazy. Call us Chiak Pa Boh Su cho (Having nothing better to do). But I am sure none of us wants to be bitten by the deadly spider with the fatal venom it carries. No way, I am only so young that there is an entire stretch of my life laid in front of me. I guess my other friends standing together with me
ok lar, I am only holding the camera doing nothing all the time exterminating the spider would feel the same too.
Have any of you seen a black widow spider before? Man, I never knew I would come face to face with one before...