Darkroom Spiders gone wild

Discussion in 'Darkroom Developing and Printing' started by Tom Gardner, Dec 2, 2005.

  1. Tom Gardner

    Tom Gardner Guest

    Ok, it's been 2 months since I opened the door. It looks like a set for a
    horror film! These manic spiders produced miles of web in every cubic inch
    of space. I don't have bugs so I can't understand how they create something
    from nothing. Could there be a "darkroom" odor that attracts them like
    natural gas attracts them to web the furnace orifices? At least I keep the
    equipment covered and it doesn't need cleaning but it took me 20 minutes
    with a duster to gather up a huge ball of web. What gives? Any prevention?
     
    Tom Gardner, Dec 2, 2005
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    Noons Guest

    Tom Gardner apparently said,on my timestamp of 2/12/2005 3:10 PM:
    Camphor balls or those little things they have to scare away
    silverfish from clothes seems to work for me. But make
    sure no lens or film-contact surface is exposed, camphor can
    deposit back and I'm not sure of its effect on other chemicals...
     
    Noons, Dec 2, 2005
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  3. They like dark warm places,.....like the mattress and box springs of
    your bed :-D

    Seriously though even though you think you don't have bugs you probably
    have some...its a fact. If you had no spiders you would have lots of
    bugs. I would get some spray after sweeping and vacuuming-and maybe
    periodically clean in there even if its not being used.

    I just tore down my old darkroom, removing cupboards and sinks,....you
    want spiders? I had a lot I could have given you.
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    Gregory Blank, Dec 2, 2005
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  4. They have to eat: What was caught in the spider webs or fallen
    from the webs?

    My guess is a dead mouse/rat/chipmunk/etc -> flies -> spiders -> webs.

    If you could weave spider web you could make a silk purse from a
    rat's ear.
     
    Nicholas O. Lindan, Dec 2, 2005
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  5. Where do you live? I get tons of spiders in my house in the autumn
    because (I assume) it gets cold and they come inside. I also have no
    bugs to speak of. I'd venture that spiders put webs up where they're
    programmed to, not where they see lots of insects congregating. My
    prevention involves killing every spider I see.
     
    michaeleschuler, Dec 2, 2005
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  6. Tom Gardner

    Lloyd Erlick Guest


    December 2, 2005, from Lloyd Erlick,

    no, please don't spray. At least not toxic
    substances that will hang around the whole
    time you are down there. You'll just be
    spraying yourself in the end.

    Spiders eat other bugs. It's illogical to
    spray spiders. Spiders want nothing to do
    with you, or your food either, for that
    matter.

    Prey for spiders want moisture and warmth.
    Some want nice rotten nutrient, too. Cut
    these inputs and the spider food disappears.

    regards,
    --le
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    Lloyd Erlick, Dec 3, 2005
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  7. Lloyd Erlick spake thus:
    Amen to that. Spiders good. The worst that can happen is having to sweep
    away a web or two now and then. BFD.


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    David Nebenzahl, Dec 3, 2005
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  8. Spiders can also be fun to photograph. See if you have any
    orb weavers asround although they are a bit out of season
    now. These are the spiders who build those giant webs,
    sometimes ten feet across. Many of them build a new one
    every evening. Do a little research on them, they are
    interesting creatures.
     
    Richard Knoppow, Dec 3, 2005
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  9. Tom Gardner

    Mike King Guest

    I recently read that human beings and spiders "like" the same things in a
    place to live and that wherever you go you're never more than two feet from
    a spider. (I love telling my arachnophobic friends this bit of trivia!)
     
    Mike King, Dec 3, 2005
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    seog Guest

    Yes, they have to be living on something. (One was just dangling in front of
    my monitor; what a coincidence!) I put boric acid under fridge, under
    cabinets, under boiler, etc. Works great - I see the staggering victims and
    insect corpses for months after application. The spider take care of the
    rest. They are fascinating creatures.
     
    seog, Dec 3, 2005
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    John Guest

    And it would be incredbly strong, water resistant and light weight.

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    John, Dec 3, 2005
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    Matt Clara Guest

    What you need are some nice house centipedes--they eat spiders.
    ;-)

    Here's a little one: http://www.shuttercity.com/ShowPhoto.cfm?PhotoID=39596
    They can grow as long as a person's hand, from fingertip to heel.
     
    Matt Clara, Dec 3, 2005
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  13. We call those thousand leggers. But you are apparently are correct.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/House_centipede

    I like his cousins, truly gruesome :-(

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Centipede
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    "To announce that there must be no criticism of the President,
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    to the American public."--Theodore Roosevelt, May 7, 1918

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    Gregory Blank, Dec 3, 2005
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  14. And some mice to finish off the centipedes.
    Then some flies to clean up the dead mice.
    Then some spiders to catch the flies.
     
    Nicholas O. Lindan, Dec 3, 2005
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  15. True or not, I have no trouble believing.
     
    Nicholas O. Lindan, Dec 3, 2005
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  16. Tom Gardner

    Tom Gardner Guest

    Cleveland ...near Nick
     
    Tom Gardner, Dec 3, 2005
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  17. Tom Gardner

    Tom Gardner Guest

    THANKS, now I have a whole ecosystem in my friggin basement and PITA hanging
    out in my front yard with torches and pitchforks.
     
    Tom Gardner, Dec 3, 2005
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  18. People
    Eating
    Tasty
    Animals
     
    Nicholas O. Lindan, Dec 3, 2005
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  19. They are only tasty if they are smoked & what better way to smoke them
    than with a torch and a pitchfork.
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    "To announce that there must be no criticism of the President,
    or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong,
    is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable
    to the American public."--Theodore Roosevelt, May 7, 1918

    www.gregblankphoto(dot)com
     
    Gregory Blank, Dec 3, 2005
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  20. Tom Gardner

    prep Guest

    Hypo seem to atract cockroaches for some reason. Not a continer of water
    for mozzies to breed in about?

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    prep, Dec 5, 2005
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