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Old 12-14-2004, 05:18 AM
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I have a bunch of spiders in one of the tank stands. The look like daddy-longlegs with white, bulbous bodys, but troughly the same size. How can I get rid of them?
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Old 12-14-2004, 01:56 PM
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Get mint terribilis and feed the spiders to them. About 1/4 of our breeder mints' diet is spiders from the frog room. We clear all the spiders out of the frog room every week or two. Within a few days there are more spiders taking their spot. Its an endless food supply, and helps keep the escapee fuitflies under control. Just keep the spiders out of any thumb tanks.
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I love some spiders. Heck I've even got about 12 tarantulas in the frog room with everything else. But I draw the line at vagrants. I go on a smashing spree every week or so and smush what I find. There are always more spiders, and I have several small mantises running loose to try to control the fly population and I'm going to get 5 or so house geckos to turn loose in there soon.

But thats the way I do it. A smushing spree. Them and their babies. :twisted:


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one person recommended putting an anole or two loose in the room so it eats filies and spiders........just remember reading it somewhere.
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one person recommended putting an anole or two loose in the room so it eats filies and spiders........just remember reading it somewhere.
I think a house gecko is a better option. Thinking of trying it myself if the spider population gets high enough to support them.
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im with Kevin spiders can provide an awesome new food source with no work and no culturing. plus you know that they are safe to feed cause you breed their food supply.
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I would feed the spiders, but they have an inch and a half to two inch legspan. What if I use a little vacuum? Just to clarify, they are in the dark part under the stand.
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People talk about letting house geckos run loose, don't these things poop?
Doesn't it get messy?


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We had house geckos all over our house when we lived in Texas. Never really had any problems with gecko poo (actually never saw anything that could be identified as gecko poop). People in tropical and subtropical areas often have lizards in the house whether they want them or not.
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Gecko Poo!!

I dont think the poo would be big enough to notice.

Besides. I'd guess most of you are like me. You feed more things than frogs and there are lost crickets roaming about as well as flies. My animal room could probably support several small geckos.

I'm curious though. I know these house spiders arent venomous to US, but what happens if a frog gets bit while eating one? Nothing or would it make it "sick" for a while? These same spiders we talk about can kill insects not much bigger than a frog. Thats the only thought that would keep me from feeding it.
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Catfur is right, when I lived in Key Largo I had geckos all over. So spiders eat mosquitos, gecko eats spiders, and my cat ate the geckos. So the worst thing to find wasn't the gecko poop it was the 1/2 eaten gecko. Hmmmmm But if you have larger species of frogs why not feed 'em.
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I'm curious though. I know these house spiders arent venomous to US, but what happens if a frog gets bit while eating one? Nothing or would it make it "sick" for a while? These same spiders we talk about can kill insects not much bigger than a frog. Thats the only thought that would keep me from feeding it.
I've been feeding spiders to PDF for many years. In fact, I feed my frogs anything that isn't large enough to eat them. I let the frogs decide what is and isn't suitable food. These are animals that hae actually evolved to taken advantage of the toxin things that they eat. But that's just me.
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