Nearly had a vomit trying to bypass the photos. Even photos of spider do my head in. Mates used to send photos for me to awake to and I would just make it to the toilet for a spew.
Its quite restricting having arachnophobia in Australia. Even at work, I scream like a schoolgirl.
Redbacks, White tails, Huntsmans are all a part of daily life here.
I can trace my fear back to a time my dad ran out of the room when a huntsman landed in his lap.
Or perhaps it was the Baby Brown Snake that was killed by a redback and wound up in his web when I lived in Kalgoorlie.
Or getting bitten by a redback twice in 15 minutes. Pain rushing through the left side of my body - you could feel the venom pumping around. Didn't take anti-venom (save that for when your old) and sweated it out for a week from the knees down.
Or when my mate got bitten my a white tail and his flesh started to eat itself over time and had to get it cut out before it spread further. (FYI - only a small percentage of people react like that with a white tail - something to do with Genes)
I know that majority of spiders can't do a human harm. But in my mind - they are a tight knit community, plotting to take over my home and my life. If you don't kill them, they will come back with their friends, to take residence where they please. They slowly encroach on your territory, with the main goal at the end - to take over the world. Pinky and the brain better shape up before these filthy suckers do it before them. They will come for you, your family and friends. We must fight them with force. And by WE I mean everyone else.