Spiders and Scorpions, Oh My!



'Tis the season, lads and lassies.  'Tis the season for big hairy spiders.  And 'tis one of the only downsides to the delightful spring weather we are enjoying.

The other day, I was going about my morning doing my chores and getting the kiddies ready for school.  When along came this spider that has to be the biggest, scariest looking spider I've ever seen.  I screamed.  Nick handed me my camera so I could snap a quick pic.  Then Hubby quickly introduced the spider to the business end of his work boot.  And we all lived happily ever after.

(Sigh!)  My hero!  A true knight in shining armor, ready and willing to slay creepy crawlers who threaten the peace and tranquility of this fair maiden.

But that wasn't always the case.

There was that time last summer, when my kitchen was broke and I was stuck washing dishes in the lavadero in my back patio.  I glanced down and was surprised to see a creepy little spider, almost identical to the spider from last week, just centimeters away from my chancla (flip-flop) clad foot.  I screamed.  And seconds later Hubby came to the rescue and saved the spider.   The SPIDER!!!  Not me.   (Tsk, tsk, tsk.)


You see, Hubby is a kind, caring soul with a weakness for animals and insects of all kinds.  After all, they are God's creatures put on this earth for a purpose.  So, instead of killing or swatting away at these bugs, my dear husband captures them and then releases them back into the wild -- the big empty lot next to our house.  And that's exactly what he did with that spider.

Unfortunately, that same spider made his way back into my house a couple of days later and I was forced to take matters into my own hands foot.  Scare me once, shame on you.  Scare me twice, adios amigo.

The only time Hubby doesn't even think about trying to rescue these creepy crawlers is when it's something poisonous like a capulina (black widow spider) or an alacran (scorpion).  We found a capulina weaving her web in my kitchen cabinet this morning.  She was put to death that instant.

I joke and laugh about it now, but spiders and scorpions should be taken very seriously.  Their bites can be fatal.  If you or someone you know is ever bit by a spider or scorpion, head to your local clinic, hospital or doctors office to be treated immediately.  For those of you here in Mexico, you might want to keep an allergy medication like Avepena on hand at all times.  (That concludes this Public Service Announcement.  Gracias.) 

Modern medicine aside, some people believe you can wipe out any possible effects by cleaning the bite with a little bleach.  It's also believed that if you're a mean, ornery person, you won't feel any effects at all.  (I'm thinking it's some kind of professional courtesy or something like that.)

If all else fails, you could try drinking a cup of hot milk.  When Hubby was about 10 years old, he was stung by a scorpion hiding in his shirt, that my suegra had just ironed minutes before.  My suegro was the neighborhood lechero (milkman), so my suegra always had freshly squeezed cow's milk on hand, and just happened to have a large pot simmering on the stove.  Hubby drank a cup of the hot milk and wasn't phased at all by the scorpion sting.  (Or so he thinks.)  

Have you ever had any close encounters with creepy crawlers?


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13 comments

  1. I've never heard about the milk thing, and since I'm the only one who ever gets bit by scorpions in the house I'm going to give it a try next time.  Scorpions are fair game, but my superstitious side won't let me kill a spider, no matter how big and scary.

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  2. Big fat hairy flying cockroaches. Hate them. 

    And this big ugly beetle.

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  3. Ugh!  Don't remind me!  Those cockroaches are the worst!!!  I don't like those beetles either, but my 12 year old loves to keep them as pets. :P 

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  4. I'm almost afraid to ask, because I'll probably start to think twice about killing spiders, but what is your superstition about spiders?  

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  5. I have to laugh at your hubby saving the spider - As a mom with 2 boys (ok now men), we spent alot of time in the garden (Canada) so if they are outside, that is there home but inside is another story. BUT now that we spend alot of time in Mexico, fair game on scorpions and spiders anywhere! If I havent runaway that is... 

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  6. I have been lucky and haven't had any close encounters; but my motto is if you are in the house you are eligible to go to insect/bug heaven.  If you are outside it depends on your species.  Centipedes and alacranes go to heaven rapidly.  The centipedes are also poisonous by the way.
    The grossest looking centipede I have ever seen was when the grader came and did our street one time and he dug down pretty deep in one area and disturbed a fair size rock.  This HUGE centipede which was almost a foot long crawled out rapidly and took off into the bushes up the hill from us.  He was very big and scary looking and I was/am glad that I was up on our patio looking down at him.  UGH.

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  7. I haven't seen a scorpion or huge spider since I arrived to Mexico this time but, maybe that is because, I live in the city. Thank God, I haven't seen any! My mother in law said I was crazy when I screamed when a small mouse got on me in the middle of the night!

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  8. Oh amen sista~  We have those big hairy spider in PV too.......I FREAK out when they come around.......I almost moved out and sold the house one time when one disappeared and we couldn't find it~

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  9. I remember when Javi got bit by a scorpion. His mom made him drink a huge glass of milk and a whole clove of garlic. Then she put something on it which burned his skin. He refused to go to the doctor though.

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  10. Just had an encounter with a huge black scorpion last night - had not seen any for months - your entry is good timing for reminding. Thanks.

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  11. Oh God now I'm scared. I will be moving to Durango in 2 weeks and I'm already freaking out about the scorpions..

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  12. Spiders I have no problem squashing but cockroaches are what absolutely gross me out and there are lots of them here in the spring/summertime :(  My close encounter that still gives me nightmares was when once I was taking a shower and felt what I thought was soap tickling my ankle.  I reached down to brush it off and to my horror I saw the biggest roach ever crawling up my leg!!! Apparently they come up through the pipes so as soon as the weather heats up here I cover all my drains with plates so that they can't infiltrate my house.

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  13. Good grieg - tell me that spider was not 2 inches long!

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