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Post  TCgardening Sat Mar 29, 2014 7:08 pm

The weather was nice this morning so I left the door open while working inside & outside. One of the dogs starts going bonkers barking & running around the patio. Just as I got to her I caught a glimpse of black snake speeding into the house. Found this guy in the bathroom,
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We have a couple of these Black Racers hanging around here for years, this one is 4 foot long. This is the first time in the house. Really glad the dog tipped me off to it or it would have been ugly if Ann saw it first.
 Had a Mourning Dove in the screen porch last weekend.
 Anybody else having critter visitors lately?
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Post  recoush Sat Mar 29, 2014 7:32 pm

Ordered Gaelic tubes today they help keep the critters deer some dogs and cats away too 
wishing the weather was that warm. had a large doe in my yard a couple of years ago since then put up an end gate and Garlic so far seems to work. Use crushed pepper for the Raccoon and beer for the snails .
counting on Marigolds and lavender for every thing else  Very Happy


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Post  sanderson Sat Mar 29, 2014 7:38 pm

TC - good grief! Would have scared . . my flip flops off!
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Post  TCgardening Sat Mar 29, 2014 7:48 pm

sanderson wrote:TC - good grief!  Would have scared . .  my flip flops off!

That's funny!
 These guys are harmless but really fast. Turned it loose by the shed to keep the rodents out. My dog really doesn't like snakes either, I think she is afraid of them too.
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Post  jimmy cee Sat Mar 29, 2014 7:59 pm

Ahhhhh snakes, my favorite topic....LOL
My 2 boys had a thing for snakes, both biology majors, loved everything.
Had a black snake at home, put in a cage for a while, fed it mice and such....one day couldnt find the snake...LOL
Never did either.
We lost a 12 foot Burmese python yeaaaaa ! 12 foot...wound up find it at night when boys went to bed, all curled up under the covers...
Had a 4 X 8 cage in a bedroom with 2 8 inch cement blocks and a lock......
snakes are soooooooo purty....LOL     watch those biology majors...LOL...
This was only a start of things to come...LOL
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Post  Marc Iverson Sat Mar 29, 2014 10:26 pm

TC - how did you catch it?
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Post  gategitter Sat Mar 29, 2014 11:01 pm

Well, we have rattlesnakes so leaving the door open is a VERY bad idea !!!  I have forgotten before or the grand son will leave it open on his way out.  Have only had a sparrow in the sunroom so far. Hopefully, that will be the extent of the visitors !!!
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Post  AtlantaMarie Sun Mar 30, 2014 8:39 am

We have black widow spiders here in GA.  DH had a habit of leaving his garden shoes in the garage.  Until he got bit by a large female.  (CDC actually called us because of her size!)  Apparently the only thing that saved him was that she bit him on the foot and he's such a big guy.  Had he been a child...  Spending a night in the cardiac unit is not something I want to repeat.

18 years later, he still has trouble with that foot from time to time.  It's like more poison breaks loose & the foot wants to cramp and bend in half the long way.  But we keep our shoes in the house now!
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Post  Goosegirl Sun Mar 30, 2014 8:52 am

AtlantaMarie wrote:We have black widow spiders here in GA.  DH had a habit of leaving his garden shoes in the garage.  Until he got bit by a large female.  (CDC actually called us because of her size!)  Apparently the only thing that saved him was that she bit him on the foot and he's such a big guy.  Had he been a child...  Spending a night in the cardiac unit is not something I want to repeat.

18 years later, he still has trouble with that foot from time to time.  It's like more poison breaks loose & the foot wants to cramp and bend in half the long way.  But we keep our shoes in the house now!

 affraid  affraid  affraid  There are black widows where I grew up in CA. Always had to watch out when getting stuff out of the garage or the shed or the wood pile. Spiders don't usually bother me, but I HATE those things!!!  affraid affraid affraid 

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Post  AtlantaMarie Sun Mar 30, 2014 11:26 am

Yeah, us too!  I don't like spiders anyway, but after that, I REALLY don't like 'em!
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Post  sanderson Sun Mar 30, 2014 2:34 pm

Black widows! Thank goodness they are so distinctive looking. I have gotten very good at dispatching them, if not for my safety, then for the cat's. The retired County entomologists said that the BW is the only spider that can actually kill a human.
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Post  AtlantaMarie Sun Mar 30, 2014 3:28 pm

I believe it, Sanderson, after watching what DH went through.
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Post  Judy McConnell Sun Mar 30, 2014 6:22 pm

We have black widows on our enclosed porch - obviously not too enclosed.

Worry about our cats getting into one's web but they have been lucky.
Prefer to wear leather gloves when I'm working out there.
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Post  sanderson Thu Sep 10, 2015 3:50 am

Tonight's unwanted guest, and I live in the City! It had no fear and I couldn't shoo it away. uninvited guest The critter kind Opossu10

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Post  Marc Iverson Thu Sep 10, 2015 5:11 am

A friend of mine in California almost lost her leg because of a brown recluse spider bite she hadn't even noticed at the time. I think that qualifies for pushing the black widow out of the solo spot for potential killers.

We have scorpions and brown recluses and a couple of other dangerous spiders up here. I feel very very uncomfortable digging through the wood piles to stack up our logs.
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Post  AtlantaMarie Thu Sep 10, 2015 9:06 am

+1, Marc!  Couldn't agree more! 

Sanderson, how about a low-powered bb gun?
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Post  walshevak Thu Sep 10, 2015 10:27 am

My son found a baby copperhead snake just outside his front door last Sat. He almost stepped on it.   We shudder to think what might have happened if the barefoot baby had toddled out the door.  It was about 6" long and and about like a pencil in diameter.

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Post  sanderson Thu Sep 10, 2015 2:28 pm

Baby copperhead trumps opossum.  Shocked That was scary!

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Post  kauairosina Thu Sep 10, 2015 3:13 pm

Yikes!! a copperhead by your front door.  Another lovely thing about Hawaii.  No snakes.  Yet.  Sometimes they (brown tree snake) try to hitchhike in on supplies but so far we have been able to stave them off.  That particular bugger has really down horrible damage in Guam.
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Post  Scorpio Rising Thu Sep 10, 2015 7:44 pm

Dead voles in the pool don't even count....just kids creepy....
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Post  mschaef Thu Sep 10, 2015 10:06 pm

I really haven't had crazy critters... unless two young hungry boys, who go through looking for snacks and can't find anything to munch, count. ( the boys are mine by the way) Razz
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Post  Scorpio Rising Fri Sep 11, 2015 10:08 pm

As the mother of 3, I know that those critters can be voracious, but they are definitely NOT uninvited! In fact, no invitation necessary! lol!
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