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Do Texans see tarantulas in the wild often? I figured the Texans in here could tell me.

Thinking about attending Mother Earth News Fair in Belton. I used to go to some but the TX one is the only dates that are possible. I really enjoy the workshops.

Anyway I am deathly afraid of anything with eight or more legs. I can keep my wits with hoosier spiders as long as the big ones stay outside, but I cannot handle seeing a tarantula.

I don't really want to stay in the city, but if reduces the chances of coming into contact with a tarantula, I'd rather stay in Austin. ...that should tell you how disgusting I find tarantulas.
 

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I'd rather see a tarantula than not see a black widow or brown recluse hiding in a place were I put my hand...or foot...
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Tarantulas are the most chill of all the spiders I have encountered here. I actually feel really bad because on occasion I have stepped on a baby sitting on the sidewalk while going outside in the dark.
Most places spray for pests (we don't) so you probably won't see many if any...they try to stay away from places where people or dogs/animals are doing a lot of running around.
If there are any in the vicinity of that fair, they will probably make fast for their holes and not come back out until the coast is clear.
Oh, and Belton is not the boonies anymore. It is just south of and connected to Temple/Killeen along the I-35 corridor. Steer clear of Austin if you can.
 
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I'd rather see a tarantula than not see a black widow or brown recluse hiding in a place were I put my hand...or foot...
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Ouch!
My fear of spiders is completely irrational. I try to expose myself to them and I've actually gotten better. I saw a grass spider in our bathroom and I didn't freak.

No luck on centipedes, though. I come unglued every time I see them inside.

October is mating season. That’s usually when you see them.
Come to think of it, I haven’t seen any this year.

I'll steer clear in October. Spider sex is not something I'm prepared to handle. 😆


If there are any in the vicinity of that fair, they will probably make fast for their holes and not come back out until the coast is clear.
That makes me feel a lot better. I'm afraid of having one in my tent if I camp. But now I'm worrying about these other spiders you speak of. 😆

Steer clear of Austin if you can.
I don't know the first thing about locations, so I appreciate that. I thought Austin was pretty liberal but didn't know much else.
 

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Liberal and Traffic sucks.
They defunded their police department, and refuse to do anything about the homeless issue (they actually give out begging permits) ...they call it the San Fransisco of Texas for a reason.


Take it from me. Unless you want to make a day trip down for a specific reason like a concert or maybe to go to the history museum, just stay away. I do.
 
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I have lived in Texas for about 50 years and have never seen a tarantula out in the wild here. I would be more scared of Austin in my opinion. I would rather take my chances of bringing a tent and camping out. It is just beautiful weather this time of year.
 

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Too many bugs down south for me. We have black widows and brown recluse spiders here, but they are rare. I've only seen 2 black widows and have never seen a brown recluse so far. I spray the inside of our house about 3 times a year. Mostly because yellow jackets and stink bugs find their way in, usually when the weather changes.
I think if we would ever see a spider as large as a tarantula we'd move further north.
 
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I have lived in Texas for about 50 years and have never seen a tarantula out in the wild here. I would be more scared of Austin in my opinion. I would rather take my chances of bringing a tent and camping out. It is just beautiful weather this time of year.

I wasn't planning to stay in Austin just because it is so far from where I was going, but I was considering flying in and out of that airport. You guys have a ton of airports, though!

Too many bugs down south for me. We have black widows and brown recluse spiders here, but they are rare. I've only seen 2 black widows and have never seen a brown recluse so far.
Yeah, I have only seen 1 black widow where I live and it was outside. We have some HUGE wolf spiders here but they like it outdoors so I don't bother them.

It's the shape and speed of spiders that scares me. I don't really find black widows scary at all. Stupid, but irrational fears are irrational.
 

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I used to be scared of snakes and spiders but, being around them a lot has erased that. Fear of something is often due to a lack of understanding. Once you understand it, the fear goes away because you can predict and control.

I'll use a non-insect example. A lot of people are afraid of horses. They may like to watch them from afar, put pictures of them on the wall but, if you put them in a pasture with five or six unrestrained horses running around together, people are terrified. It is not without cause. They are big animals that can kill you.

However, once you learn to speak their language where you can understand what they are saying and why they are saying it, and speak to them in their language, now you can gradually predict and control their behavior (either theirs or yours in relation to theirs).

It is the same with many fears. Knowledge and understanding goes a long way to assuaging fear.

Fly into Austin. Belton is only about an hour and a half drive from the airport (barring rush hour or traffic accident). Dallas is much further. Just wouldn't stay there.

PS Tarantulas move very slowly which is why they tend to get smooshed on accident.
 
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PS Tarantulas move very slowly which is why they tend to get smooshed on accident.

That makes me feel a lot better.

I have actually gotten much better by forcing myself to deal with spiders around here. I can now scoop up spiders that are about the size of a quarter and put them outside with a cup. Never could do that before. I had a huge black spider that is never seen before scuttle across my flip flop and I just calmly stepped away from it.

When I was younger, I would have had to shower and been jittery for hours after that.
 
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I HATE spiders too, but when I heard the vast majority of them are not able to even break your skin IF they bite you, and they eat other bugs, I fear them less. I will even try to relocate them if possible, and I NEVER kill a daddy long legs.
See, I think a bite is where it stemmed from. As a kid, I was playing with a spider once and it bit me. That little sucker hurt. After that, I slowly got more and more terrified. I think my parents coddled my fear a bit too much and I was able to nurse it a little too long.

But daddy long legs and cellar spiders are fine. I can scoop them up with my bare hands.
 

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See, I think a bite is where it stemmed from. As a kid, I was playing with a spider once and it bit me. That little sucker hurt. After that, I slowly got more and more terrified. I think my parents coddled my fear a bit too much and I was able to nurse it a little too long.

But daddy long legs and cellar spiders are fine. I can scoop them up with my bare hands.
I am not to the point of scooping a tarantula up with my bare hands (they can shoot little hairs out at you if they get scared, that itch like crazy) but, they are really cool to watch.
 

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We saw quite a few of them in Ft. Worth as a kid, but that was back in 1967-68 and we were living near a huge thousands of square acres empty fields area where they would live, but they would only leave the fields area in search of food and that was not more than about a 1/4 of a mile. They are tough tho. One of the kids had a
pump-up air gun and tried to shoot one with wax pellets. It only got pissed off and started to do something like push-ups and sprang a few feet towards him and scared the living shit out of all of us.
 

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