WE'RE all familiar with the sight of the long-limbed creatures in our bathrooms and kitchens. But what exactly are daddy long-legs? Do they bite? And how can you discourage them from invading your home? Here's the lowdown... Are daddy long-legs really spiders? The answer is actually more complex than you may have thought. While the common English creature commonly referred to as a daddy long-legs is in fact NOT a spider - it is an insect because it has six legs - there is another type of spider that is sometimes wrongly referred to as a daddy long-legs. Brits generally use the word daddy long-legs to refer to craneflies - long-legged winged insects which are not spiders. The main use of the American word daddy long-legs is in fact an Opilione arachnid, known formally as harvestman. They're not spiders, although they look very similar. Finally, the house spider Pholcus phalangioides is also frequently referred to as a daddy long-legs, although this is a very colloquial use of … [Read more...] about Are daddy long-legs actually spiders, are they venomous, do they bite and how do you get rid of them?
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AN arachnophobic woman hatched an ingenious plan to remove a huge spider from her house - by roping in a KFC delivery driver. Demi Sweeney, a 22-year-old criminology student at Bournemouth University, felt trapped after spotting the critter outside her room and needed help. Demi tweeted about her ordeal and told BuzzFeed she feared the spider might drop onto her if she passed by. Because her housemates were away, she messaged friends and family for help. One suggested ordering food on Deliveroo and asking the delivery driver to remove the beast. She decided to get KFC and added a note on her order: "I have spoken to Deliveroo customer service, please can you help to remove a spider for me". Twenty minutes later, her fried chicken arrived. But it turned out the delivery driver was scared of spiders too. Demi said: "He asked how big it was and said he would give it a go, asking where it was.” MOST READ IN NEWS'DO NOT EAT THEM' Sausage rolls and pies from Tesco, Aldi and … [Read more...] about Woman ordered KFC takeaway – just so delivery driver could help her deal with a spider
Sep 05, 6:37 AM EDT Newsletter Signup BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury World By Vaishnavi Vaidyanathan 09/05/18 AT 5:57 AM A man from China was shocked when his doctor told him Saturday there was a spider living inside his ear.The unidentified man, who was in his 60s, visited a hospital in Dalian city to get himself checked out after complaining about a buzzing sound in his left ear. The doctor who conducted the checkup was horrified when an endoscopy revealed an eight-legged insect crawling among a small cluster of webs inside the man's ear canal.According to local reports, the man told the doctor he suspected the insect might have crawled into his ear the previous night as he reported some itchiness during his sleep."I felt discomfort in my ear while sleeping last night but I tried to ignore it. This morning the discomfort was still there. There were noises like something was beating a drum,” the patient said, the Sun reported.ENT … [Read more...] about Spider Found Living, Spinning Web Inside Man’s Ear
Sep 05, 7:03 AM EDT Newsletter Signup BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury National By Vaishnavi Vaidyanathan 07/19/18 AT 5:52 AM A mother of three had to undergo leg amputation after being bitten by a brown reclusive spider in Arkansas a few days ago.Kiara Boulton recently stepped out of the shower and noticed a bump on her foot from a spider bite. She went to a primary care physician who prescribed her medicines, however, nothing worked."I was seeing my little cousins off to prom and their dad was like, 'Why are you limping? What's going on?' So I showed him my foot and said 'I think I got bit by a spider.' And he's like, 'Well what kind do you think it is?' And I said, 'a brown recluse,'" she said, CBS-affiliated television station WREG reported.Her toe turned black a few days later. Doctors informed her the infection had spread and her leg had to be amputated above the knee. She underwent seven surgeries after that."I don't want to … [Read more...] about Spider Bite Causes Leg Amputation For Mother Of 3
Sep 05, 7:03 AM EDT Newsletter Signup BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury National By Vaishnavi Vaidyanathan 07/05/18 AT 5:58 AM A woman is recovering from several spider bites after she found nearly 50 brown recluse spiders in her apartment in Brentwood, Tennessee.Angela Wright said she noticed a couple of bumps on her chest and arm when she woke up one morning and went to a doctor who gave her some medicines. A few days later, she was rushed to the emergency room of a nearby hospital. She said she could not walk or move and could barely swallow. Wright said she felt she was hallucinating."They said I was forming bubbles in my lungs, which could have caused pneumonia, and they said if I would have waited a few more hours or maybe until the next morning if I would have made it, I would have had a stroke,” she said, local daily WSMV reported. Wright said she had asked the apartment owner to break her lease as she decided … [Read more...] about Woman Finds 50 Brown Recluse Spiders In Bedroom After Being Bitten