THIS (actual size) was in my kitchen this morning. There I was happily puttering around the kitchen; serving cereal, putting away milk, making lunches - when all the while, THAT was there, waiting...
As I tucked Emily's lunch into her pink backpack, I noticed something move on the wall right by my left hand. I stepped back and saw the Biggest Spider of my LIFE.
I screamed and the kids screamed. I made Sydney get the Raid while I made sure the spider didn't sneak away. But the spider was so fast. He ran behind a cupboard, so I screamed and pulled out the cupboard and sprayed him.
He moved in such an interesting way, kind of bobbing his body as his long slender legs moved him steadily along. He was, seriously, the size of a rice cake (not the mini kind.) If he was resting on a naval orange, his long legs would have almost met at the bottom.
He started across the tile, so I sprayed him some more, and screamed. He seemed to be slowing down, so when he climbed up the bullentin board I thought it might be best if I just carried him outside (it is earth day, isn't it?) But as I moved the bulletin board he started his muppet walk right toward me, so I screamed and set him down.
As I was screaming, I was hoping that one of those guys doing pushups in the field out our back gate (one, hup, two, hup...) would notice and come rescue me. No such luck.
The Raid didn't do much to slow down that spider and he ran to hide behind the kitchen garbage can. I left a puddle of raid there, which he swam through on his way back toward the cupboard. I hefted a box at him (with a scream thrown in for good luck) but even covered in raid he was able to dodge and run. It was time to head to school, but I could NOT leave that spider there, so I did what I knew I should have done to start with. I screamed, and I stepped on him.
My heart was racing! After I dropped off the kids I ran my fasted 3miles ever!
So, I told my friend Heidi about the SPIDER and she said - you know they get bigger, and you have to be careful stepping on those spiders, because they can jump.... great....
She also told me that in Hawaii they are called Cane Spiders, because they are often found in sugar cane fields.
Wikipedia says not to worry, they rarely bite and almost never inject venom (which luckily does not cause long term problems.)
Wikipedia also says that Cane Spiders
are welcomed in many homes as they feed on pests such as cockroaches and silverfish. Their exceptional agility and speed, as well as their ability to contort and squeeze through tight spaces, give them a strong advantage both in capturing prey and evading predators. They feed at night, which is another thing that makes them frightening to humans.
Maybe I should have given him a lai, and a kiss on the cheek and invited him to dine on the cockroach that John spotted earier in the morning...
Ah, paradise! Wanna come for a visit?