If You See This Spider, Consider Yourself Very Lucky!

William James

The "Giant House Spider" (Tegenaria duellica or T. gigantea), originally lived in Europe, but was introduced to North America, circa 1900. According to Wikipedia the GHS, is the fastest spider in the world with an astonishing 1.73 feet per second speed. Males are often seen wandering around houses searching for females, at this time of the year.

Alison Holcomb, the ACLU lawyer best known for running and an initiative that legalized pot last fall, decided to post a photo from inside her bathroom on Facebook, after finding a creature with a leg span of four or five inches.

> "He ran across the bathroom floor in my direction. So I jumped up and then he was hiding behind the toilet for a little bit. I was looking at him, talking to him, and I was like**, 'Dude, you cannot come back over here.'** Then he went back behind shelf system in the bathroom. I didn't go back there because he's fast and he could run over my feet. Then I went to sleep. What I didn't know before I went to bed is that is that, if this is correct, they are nocturnal. It was not smart of me to go to bed when I didn't know what he was up to."

According to The Stranger, Holcomb still hasn't caught him.

> "I just want him to go wherever and not appear again, ever. Just go ahead eat mosquitoes and moths. He is too big to squish."


> Holcomb is not alone.


> On Sunday and Monday nights, there was a GHS over the bed of music editor Emily Nokes.


> "It woke me up because I could hear it," Nokes says.


> "I thought there was a rat. It was an audible scraping noise coming from what I thought was inside the wall. But I turned on the lamp and saw what I thought was a shadow of a spider because it looked bigger than a spider. It was insanely big. I didn't even know how to kill it because it was so big. And it was on the ceiling, so I didn't want to whack at it and have it drop on me. It ran back into the wall and then it made the scraping noise again. I turned on every light in the room. Then the next night, I was up late working on the Bumbershoot guide at about 2:30 a.m. when I saw it, so I slept on the couch that night. On Tuesday, I marched down to the store and got the most crazy-looking spider spray I could find, and I shot all of it into every crack along the ceiling, and it has not come back yet. But then I thought: giant carcass. What if the giant spider carcass fall on me in the night?"