Good news for spider phobes
Spider season is fast approaching, I say ‘spider season’, it’s actually their mating season and that’s exactly why they are moving inside; the males are looking for an attractive female spider to mate with the females are looking for a warm humid place to shelter for the winter with their egg sack.
So many people have a fear of spiders (arachnophobia) and I believe it is the most common fear in the world and I too once had a fear of spiders, to the point where I have been teased by people who have caught a spider and then threatened to put it on me as a joke and I would beg and plead for them not to with tears rolling down my face.
One day I thought enough was enough and I went and faced my fear, I went to a local reptile shop that sold tarantulas and asked for them to help me.
I was still anxious even though I had been using therapy techniques on myself. As I was confronted by a six inch tarantula I realised that it’s fine and I actually wanted to hold it. I knew the spider wouldn’t hurt me and I know that spiders don’t kill (spider venom is too weak to kill a human and at most will cause a little pain in the unlikely event of being bitten).
As the hairy creature was placed on my hand I felt a huge release of energy and relaxed with relief knowing that in that instant my fear had gone, I was ecstatic and switched between holding two different tarantulas – I was in the shop for two hours with the friendly arachnids. I rushed home and ordered two tarantulas of my own.
September to October is the time when you are most likely to see these much hated creatures, however, the truth is that spiders are hiding in your home all year round going unnoticed.
All spiders are venomous (not poisonous) and they will not kill you, even the black widow, which is the most venomous spider in the world, will not kill you unless you happen to have a serious allergy to the venom. You are more likely to be bitten by a pet hamster than a spider.
The false widow won't cause major harm, it's only the press which makes bad news out of an understood situation and in most cases, those bitten by a spider blame the false widow but don’t actually know what bit/stung them. False widow spiders have been in the UK for over 100 years and it is only now that people are being concerned about them, mainly due to misinformation by the press.
“Only a very small number of the larger species of British spiders have fangs capable of penetrating human skin. There have been a number of reports of people being bitten by spiders and false widows are often the focus of this, particularly in the media. However, it is difficult to obtain accurate evidence as those complaining of bites often do not see the spider but assume they are the culprit because of the absence of a bee or wasp. Alternatively, they only get a brief glimpse. Rarely is a spider captured and an accurate identification carried out.” - British Arachnological Society (BAS).
A spider’s venom is very precious to the spider and would only bite as a very last resort like if you hold it in a closed fist – how would you feel if something more than 100 times your size held you clenched in a fist? You’d want to protect yourself and do what you could to survive, just as a spider would.
The best way to deal with a spider in your home and remove it safely (for both you and the spider) is to take a large enough glass and pop it over the top, then take a thin piece of card and slide it underneath. Now you can take the spider safely to the bottom of the garden and let it run freely.
Using a glass that is see-through is much better to see what’s going on, this way you will know if the spider is actually where it needs to be while sliding the card under the glass.
You probably wont be able to rid your house of spiders 100% but you can do some things to keep them away.
1. Vacuum regularly – high and low.
Be sure that you hoover both high and low and behind and furniture.
2. Remove noticeable webs.
Dust regularly and pay special attention to the corners in ceilings too.
3. Fill gaps.
Fill in the gaps between walls, pipework and under the doors, where there’s a gap there is a potential home for our eight legged friends.
4. Remove sheltering sites.
Spiders will tuck themselves away in your firewood piles and garden waste, so keep it minimal.
5. Deter all insects.
The best way to do this is to control your lighting – insects are drawn to light and these bugs are a tasty treat for spiders
Here is a fantastic NLP technique to use if you are feeling anxious when near a spider, you will need to set this up first and then it will be with you forever.
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About Ed Francis
I specialise in helping those with fears and phobias especially arachnophobia. With a dploma in clinical hypnotherapy I have many great techniques to help you in the best way possible, including EMDR and EFT which have proved very successful in my practice.
I run spider phobia workshops using my own tarantulas in Berkshire and Hampshire.