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Many Chicagoans Are Afraid Of Spiders, But Not Everyone Wants 'Em Dead

By Justin Breen | September 16, 2016 6:13am
 A wolf spider mom carrying her young.
A wolf spider mom carrying her young.
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CHICAGO — Are you afraid of spiders?

It's a simple question posed on Neighborhood Square that conjured a host of responses — from flat-out paranoia to admiration for the eight-legged, eight-eyed wolf spiders.

A DNAinfo story published Thursday on the wolf spiders informed readers that as the weather cooled, the ground-dwelling spiders could very possibly be heading into their homes.

NSQ users had a multitude of reactions to the article and spiders in general.

"EveryoneIsCrayCray" wrote: "Ugh, how did I read this and look at the pictures while eating lunch, yuck. LOL."

User "18th-n-BlueIsland" noted: "Bats and spiders eat mosquitoes.........love em."

"Lincoln-Ghost" had a much different reaction: "Grabs hair spray, grabs lighter....."

User "IbeforeEexceptafterC" concurred, writing: "I don't mind bugs and insects outside but as soon as they come in my house they're getting killed."

Same goes for "Wildcat," who wrote: "I have a pact with spiders and centipedes: I leave them alone in the basement because I figure they're eating other bugs. But the minute they come upstairs they're getting squished or eaten by the cats."

User "Marmite72" appears fascinated by the spiders: "It's so rare that there's an article about the Nature that surrounds us in the city. I think the eight eyes are cool, too — and I didn't know they carried babies on their backs! I really liked that you encouraged people not to squash them but to take them outside. They're part of the ecosystem. Who are we to play God?"

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