Spiders in the Bathtub

Spiders in the Bathtub
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A little off topic, but I had to share this. I recently watched BBC4’s Spider House documentary [1], and it was absolutely fascinating!  While it’s about English spiders in English homes it’s probably relevant for everywhere in some way or another.  Though I have to say that I did find Dr Tim Cockerill’s enthusiasm for the creatures slightly disquieting…

Anyway, the reason spiders head for the bathtub is to drink water!  So obvious, and yet so unexpected.  And the reason they get stuck in the tub is that they have claws on the end of their legs/feet and can’t get any purchase on the near vertical of the tub walls.  So if you don’t want spiders in the bath, leave water droplets in other places, and/or give them some kind of ladder to climb out with.  Or just use the old paper and glass trick to capture them and relocate them outdoors.  Simple.

If you are not completely arachnophobic, consider seeing if you can get a copy.

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