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Little red spiders?

post #1 of 27
Thread Starter 
Should I be concerned?

Every so often I see these little red spiders, just smaller than a pin head crawling on my desk at work.

I usually smash them, but I still go home with all the crawling-feelings on my skin.
post #2 of 27
Sounds like spider mites to me. They can't hurt you, but they LOVE to suck the blood, I mean juices of plants. Do you have plants on or near your desk?
post #3 of 27
I used to see those all the time.. they creep me out.
post #4 of 27
Yup you got red spider mite's you can get some sort of spray that will sort them out, Any gardening shop should sell it.
post #5 of 27
Don't they smell if you squish them?
post #6 of 27
Thread Starter 
My whole office smells (Im right next to the mens bathroom).

Anyhoo, yes I do have a Pothos plant at my desk. Looks like I'll be visiting the greenhouse around the corner! Or Kmart...

Thanks!
post #7 of 27
Wow I remember those things. Haven't seen them in so long. I wonder if they live down here?
post #8 of 27
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Originally Posted by lunasmom
My whole office smells (Im right next to the mens bathroom).
Oh no.......you poor thing!!!
post #9 of 27
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by kittylover4ever
Oh no.......you poor thing!!!
Thanks...my boss and I laugh at some of the things that go on.
post #10 of 27
Oh i dislike them little nasty things. They are SOO small, but so wierd looking. YUCK!

anyhow..here's a link about them.
http://www.floridagardener.com/critt...piderMites.htm

And this site tells you how to get rid of them. You have to scroll down a little to read about the products you can spray on your plants to get rid of them. Because your not in a greenhouse.

http://nathist.sdstate.edu/Orchids/Pests/mites.html
post #11 of 27
Oooooh...they sound creepy!
post #12 of 27
I always thought they were chiggers..

Anyway I've seen them before and I'm a sap at squishing bugs..whenever I see a bug even the lil bitty ones inside I put it on a piece of paper and let it go outside.
post #13 of 27
Yep they are red spider mites!! They love plants. I saw one on my comforter a few weeks ago and did a big search on them. I thought it was a real spider and started freaking out. I think they are harmless to humans.
post #14 of 27
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Originally Posted by Phenomsmom
Yep they are red spider mites!! They love plants. I saw one on my comforter a few weeks ago and did a big search on them. I thought it was a real spider and started freaking out. I think they are harmless to humans.
They are harmless. I used to play with them
post #15 of 27
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Originally Posted by Lil_Axl_Gurl
They are harmless. I used to play with them

They are creepy!! My mind jumped straight to how many I sleep with at night if I just happened to find that little bugger after a nap crawling across my blanket. Yuck!!
post #16 of 27
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Originally Posted by Phenomsmom
They are creepy!! My mind jumped straight to how many I sleep with at night if I just happened to find that little bugger after a nap crawling across my blanket. Yuck!!
Well..I do have a story for that one but it wasn't spidermites..

I was just gettin to bed when I noticed my window was still open so I shut it and crawled back into bed. Jack Daniels plopped up on my bed and was curling himself up until something caught his eye so he started pouncing. I didn't have my glasses on so I was curious as to what he was jumping at. So I sat up and leaned real close to it and it just looked like a teeny paper ball. I poked at it a couple times and it flared out into a big huge spider!!!!!

I leapt back so fast I hit my head on my headboard!!! Jack Daniels then ate the little bugger and I applauded him for doing so!
post #17 of 27
Aww Jack Daniels was protecting you!! That is so sweet!! we get these massive black wolf spiders in the yard! Ugh!! They are nasty and HUGE!! Most times they have egg sacks. I have to yell for lee to come and kill them!!
post #18 of 27
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Originally Posted by Phenomsmom
Aww Jack Daniels was protecting you!! That is so sweet!! we get these massive black wolf spiders in the yard! Ugh!! They are nasty and HUGE!! Most times they have egg sacks. I have to yell for lee to come and kill them!!
EEK! We get a wolf spider every now and then! I remember when one came into my room and I attacked it with lysol and had to close Jack Daniels into the closet so that he wouldn't try to go after it!
post #19 of 27
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Yea, Wolf Spiders freak me out!
I found one in a place I worked at (I didn't know what it was until afterwards), so I went to stomp on it. I missed and the thing started charging me! I ran screaming out of the room. Someone else stomped it and told me not to miss the next time or else they'll charge at you.
post #20 of 27
I got bitten by one years ago, and my cheek blew up to the size of a silver dollar! The doctor had to cut in there several times to drain it. Not fun.
On a positive note, tho, I did end up with a dimple there!
Now I'm thinking of putting one on the other side, so it'll match!
post #21 of 27
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Originally Posted by MiamiSpartan
I got bitten by one years ago, and my cheek blew up to the size of a silver dollar! The doctor had to cut in there several times to drain it. Not fun.
On a positive note, tho, I did end up with a dimple there!
Now I'm thinking of putting one on the other side, so it'll match!
Nooo keep the one dimple and call it "Your special dimple!"
post #22 of 27
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Originally Posted by lunasmom
Yea, Wolf Spiders freak me out!
I found one in a place I worked at (I didn't know what it was until afterwards), so I went to stomp on it. I missed and the thing started charging me! I ran screaming out of the room. Someone else stomped it and told me not to miss the next time or else they'll charge at you.
I know it's mean to laugh but just picturing that!!!
post #23 of 27
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Originally Posted by lunasmom
Yea, Wolf Spiders freak me out!
I found one in a place I worked at (I didn't know what it was until afterwards), so I went to stomp on it. I missed and the thing started charging me! I ran screaming out of the room. Someone else stomped it and told me not to miss the next time or else they'll charge at you.
I laugh at you but I won't even stomp them myself!! I have tried to kill one for about 5 minutes with a shovel! Stupid me didn't thikn about using the flat bottom I was trying to cut it in half with the edge. I know for next time I guess!
post #24 of 27
Thread Starter 
That's OK for laughing at me. Whenever I do think about it, the scene was quite comical!

In a way I'm glad I didn't kill it...I wasn't even thinking of the mess at the time.
post #25 of 27
LOL I've got images of you charging, the spider charging, you charging...

:rotfl:
post #26 of 27
I was thinking chiggers
post #27 of 27
I always wondered what those little spiders were. I saw a tiny little yellow spider the other day. A few weeks ago a giant spider took up residence above my bed.. yes.. above my bed! He kept dangling down the wall above my head. It kept me so freaked out that I didn't sleep for most of the night until I think I got him to move. Unfortunately the kitties just like to bat at bugs a little bit. They never actually kill any.
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