July 27, 2011

Rational Fear of Spiders

I don't like spiders...
Just ask Alec. I do not go near any spider that is bigger than a dime if I can help it.

Living in a basement apartment has been a little bit of a problem because we get more spiders and other creepy crawlers than we would if we were in a third story apartment. Luckily, we just have to spray some home defense bug spray outside each spring and we are all clear.

Well, this spring, when Alec went to spray the bug spray outside, the sprayer broke. He was able to spray around some of the house, but he didn't quite get the same barrier that we had when he sprayed last spring.

I've never been bitten or had any real problems with spiders. I've never had a run-in with any HUGE spiders. They really just creep me out. I would say that my fear of spiders was irrational....

Until last night...

I woke up at around 1:30am to go to the bathroom (a usual occurrence). On my way back to bed, I noticed a very large spider in the doorway of the baby room. This really freaked me out because our baby will be sleeping in there eventually. I looked at the spider and it looked like a brown recluse, so I got a plastic cup so Alec could look at it later, but I couldn't catch it! So I did the shameful thing... I woke up Alec from his restful sleep. I just didn't want the spider to get away!! So he caught the spider and he took a picture of it so we could zoom in on it. Then we went back to bed after decided to wait to kill the spider until the morning.

It took me forever to fall asleep again because I had the heebie jeebies, but I eventually did... but I didn't sleep for long.

I woke up at around 3:45am to a spider crawling across my face!!

I squished it, threw it on the floor, sat up faster than I have in a very long time, and yelled a little bit. Alec woke up, of course, and asked what was wrong. I explained very dramatically that a spider had just attacked me. Alec got up to get the flashlight from the laundry room and on his way back, he found ANOTHER spider as big as the first, near the bathroom!! He put that one under a cup as well, and we made sure that the first spider was still under its cup. Then he sprayed them both with bug spray. We looked on the floor next to my side of the bed and found the spider that I had squished on my face.

By this point, we both had a case of the heebie jeebies and couldn't get back to sleep. We ended up watching an episode of 24 on Netflix because we were so wide awake. We finally fell asleep a little after 5 am.

This morning, we went to look at the spiders that Alec had sprayed a few hours before, and THEY WERE STILL ALIVE!! They had somehow survived the bug spray shower Alec had subjected them to a few hours before. He sprayed them again and this time they were goners.

3 different spiders in one night, including one where the spider was on my face, was too much for me!!
Needless to say, we will be buying more home defense bug spray today so we don't have another night like last night.


  1. Ewww.. Sorry Kels! That is sooo gross. Especially that it was on your face part. blech. Hopefully you guys find a stronger bug spray!

  2. OH MY GOSH!!!!

    On your face?!?!?! I would die!