Well it all started out when my father brought home some grapes from the local Sam's club. He wanted me to clean and seperate them from the stems. Seems easy enough to me. Well I noticed a spider web in a bunch of grapes. That had me on alert. Then I saw what will most likely haunt my dreams for a while a hourglass on a spider. After screaming like a silly school girl I grabbed a big bowl and put them in it. I didn't want to throw the whole thing out and definately not have that beast in my trash can. I ran outside to my dad and my kids who were in the pool and loudly and not so calmly told them my situation. He said kill it or drown it.
Another easy situation right? Wrong. I filled the bowl up with water and went along fixing supper. I kept my eye on that bunch to make sure a spider didn't come crawling out. I decided to take a look to see if it was floating and boy was I shocked. The thing wasn't a black widow thank goodness. But it wasn't floating either. The thing was MOVING! And on it's mouth was an air bubble it was using to breath. I am in serious panic mode now because in my mind there's no way to kill this thing without getting close enough to smash it.
Everytime that beast moved I saw it's big long legs and I just freaked out even more. Though I have to admit it was beautiful.
I had to go back outside and beg my father to come in and kill the monster. And I really don't care much for killing every bug in my sight, but it's best not to introduce another species here and I really didn't want to encounter that thing again.
I am scarred for life now since I have severe arachnaphobia. And I mean severe. I can't even imagine touching a grape. I had to hold back I so wanted to call and give a serious tongue lashing about making sure this stuff doesn't happen.
What makes it worse is that grape growers actually put spiders on their grapes now as a form of pesticide! Also do you guys remember the black widow spider that was found in grapes? I remember that and it didn't help the situation!