As the weather is getting cooler we are getting more spiders attempting to set up residence in our home. My feelings towards bugs are that as long as they are not a potential West Nile virus carrier, I leave them alone or grab a cup and place them outside. On the other hand, my husband has a fear of spiders and cannot believe it when I see a spider in the house and just ignore it - he prefers to stomp them. Our differences are more complicated now that we have children and want to teach them to be kind to all living things and not fear them.
But last night as my husband was putting my son to bed, I heard screaming and crying from his room. My husband was lying in my son's bed reading him a story when my son noticed a rather large black spider crawling on my husband's chest. In true macho form, my husband leaped out of the bed, and jumped up and down, screaming and shaking his shirt. (I must admit, that my response would be the same with a spider crawling on me in bed.) My son was crying and now afraid of his bed, so I used the technique that works with monsters - monster spray, or in this case spider spray. Fill a spray bottle with water or use linen spray- you can make a special label if needed-and spray the room while you tell the monsters they are not welcome.
So I grabbed the spray bottle and ran upstairs and asked my son if I should use the special spider spray and he said yes. I am feeling rather smug with parental ingenuity when I said, "Now this will keep all of his friends away!" and he responds, "what do you mean all of his friends...you mean there are more in here?" "Um, well, um...you know spiders are really solitary creatures and I was spraying for any new ones who might want to visit." He seemed fine with this explanation and he only woke up once last night. But tonight as I am putting him to bed, one of the spider's friends was in his room on the ceiling. Argh! We repeated the routine again, but I am afraid that if another one appears, he is not going to believe the spray is working. So to all the spiders in our home; can you please stay out of his bedroom, or I am afraid I will have to unleash the stomper-it's really better for us all.