Yellow sac spider causes recalls

Katherine - posted on 03/04/2011 ( 82 moms have responded )

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re-posted from cafemom

The yellow sac spider will be featuring heavily in my nightmares tonight, I can assure you. File this under you can't make this stuff up. Mazda is issuing a recall because spiders (YES, SPIDERS) have crawled into as many as 52,000 2009-2010 Mazda 6s.

Dear God, I seriously almost passed out just typing those words. Once inside the charcoal evaporative canister, they can spin webs inside the vent line, which block airflow and decrease overall performance in the car.

According to Mazda, the spiders (dear God, the SPIDERS) haven't caused any fires or any other casualties, so far. But recalled cars will have a spring valve installed to prevent the spiders from getting into the vent line. As a remedy, Mazda dealers will inspect and clean the canister line and install a spring to prevent spider infestation.

First there were snakes on a plane ... now spiders in your car. Honestly, I would blow up my car before I would ride in it again after this. To make matters worse, these aren't run of the mill, casual spiders. In fact, these are biting spiders.

OK, so all spiders bite. But these are venomous and, though not fatal, are usually quite painful. A person usually develops redness, swelling, and itching near the site of the bite -- somewhat akin to a wasp sting. Their bites are often misdiagnosed as brown recluse bites.

Can you imagine if you had a colony of these in your car? OK, stop imagining that. It's too horrifying.

Apparently, this isn't the first time that spiders have caused problems for consumers. They can also crawl into the canisters on gas grills and obstruct the flow there, too. They crawl in, spin webs, build nests, and lay eggs in the grill's gas, which can cause the backed-up heat to "flashback," possibly severely injuring people.

Mazda isn't sure how the spiders entered the cars, according to the LA Times and Jeremy Barnes, a spokesman for Mazda North American Operations:

We really don't know how they're getting in. I'd think it would be pretty tricky, but spiders are resourceful.

His best guess was that the freaky crawlies are slipping in behind the gas cap and then sneaking down the hose. Shudder.

So, they bite and destroy cars and grills. Will they stop at nothing? I'm not sure I will sleep tonight after reading this story. Did I mention I have a Mazda? Mine is a 5, but seriously, who is counting. All I know is I want my blankie and a glass of wine to make it all go away.

If you are on this recall list ... pray. It's all that's left ... just kidding. Actually, you should wait for your letter. Letters will be mailed to owners of affected vehicles beginning at the end of this month. And if you see a burning car somewhere on the East Coast, you'll know I got one.

Does this terrify you?

um yes?

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Here are some for sale on Ebay, new ones, for $4 plus shipping. Ours were 3 for $20 I think from one of the 'as seen on tv' commercials. I googled 'spider repellent' and a bunch of them came up but they were alot more expensive. Ours are cheap and they work just fine. We were getting alot of spiders in the house before we got them and after it cut the rate down by at least 95%.

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We have spider repellers in our house bc spiders are so bad in the Pac.NW. They plug into an outlet just like airfresheners. I'm gonna go pull one out so I can tell you what brand it is and ask the 'ol man where we got them. :D

Jocelyn - posted on 03/04/2011

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From what I understand, (I'm not going to google this btw lol) all the little baby spiders are in one sack, and when the sack breaks, all the little demons are set free :S

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Jascinta - posted on 03/07/2011

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kati- i'm not even gonna bother opening it.... lol i already have the heebee jeebees just thinking about the possibilities!

Cyndel - posted on 03/07/2011

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I love your post, whoever wrote this has an excelent since of humor and arachnophobia! LOL. I don't hate spidars, I like tennessee house spiders as we call them because they are non poisonous and kill black widows and brown recluses. I know this for a fact because my brother caught a black widow and put it in a insect observation box we had from when we were young and put the house spider in with it, the black widow was dead in under 3 minutes! Anyway most spiders I don't like, but am kind of used to them as the house I grew up in was always infested with different kinds of spiders.
BTW I don't own a Mazda, hubby can't stand them LOL!

Katherine - posted on 03/07/2011

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Big fat hairy spiders with big fat abs gross me out. Little ones not so much.

Jascinta - posted on 03/06/2011

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omg!!!! maggots give me the heebee jeebees!!!! they make me sick, and the thought of touching one makes me want to cry.

JuLeah - posted on 03/06/2011

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We are too far removed from nature. We are part of nature, but live as if we are not.

Jodi - posted on 03/06/2011

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You mean those giant orbs Tracey? I saw hundreds of them when we were staying up in the Daintree. They didn't really bother me, as long as they kept their distance, I was fine, LOL.

Sneaky - posted on 03/06/2011

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My only two huntsman attacks in the car were both on my passengers, lol! The first time I was actually stopped at traffic lights when my best friend climbed into my lap screaming - I'm glad it was a long red light because it took a while for her to realize I was telling her the spider was on the OUT side of the window :o) The second time was the only time I have ever heard my husband scream (of course, it was crawling up his leg) . . me, cool as ice, pull off the main road, he flees from the car, I locate the spider and relocate it :o) Still two of the funniest moments of my life!

I'm wondering if I should mention that QLD has a spider that is actually called a 'bird eating spider'?

And a note to Australian visitors: Yes the red back and the sydney funnel web are venomous, but there are anti-venines (I so spelt that wrong) for both and no one has died from a bite from either one in about 30 years :o)

It's really the snakes you have to worry about here. . . .

Jascinta - posted on 03/06/2011

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stephanie- i understand now lol. yeh- that was freaky. it was a get in get out as quick as you could kinda thing. it was just a python though- not any of the poisonous type ones.

and the huntsman in the car thing just reminded me of when i first got my licence, i used to have a fake spider that looked very real and i'd put it somewhere like in the sun visor on the passenger side and scare the hell out of people. lmao. the things you do for fun ey?

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I hate hate hate hate hate spiders.

I would love to visit Austrailia but the spiders are keeping me away (that and a lack of money). Didn't I hear once that the deadliest spiders live in Austrailia?

Here's my spider at work stories - I was walking through the fashion area one day (I work in a dept. store) and almost walked into a web. A huge (it seemed huge to me) spider had spun its web between two racks just waiting for unsuspecting store employees to walk into it. I screamed. A co-worker came running, she thought that I'd been hurt. She laughed herself silly when she found out waht the problem was. I made her kill the spider and destroy the web.

Another day I was putting out some new night gowns when I saw a spider. I found the nearest co-worker (it was a different woman this time but she too laughed herself silly) and made her search the rack for the spider and kill it before I would go back to work.

I now work in the back room with a lady who is afraid of mice - we've reached an understanding; she takes care of the spiders and I'll take care of any mice.

Jessica - posted on 03/06/2011

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I googled Huntsman spiders- SO fucking glad they don't live around here! Ugh!

Jodi - posted on 03/06/2011

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In Australia, Huntsman spiders are reknowned for living in Eucalyptus (gum) trees. I couldn't tell you how often we went collecting firewood and dad would be doing the chainsawing while we loaded the trailer, and there would be a nice little nest of baby huntsman spiders.



Anyway, One of the dangers of parking under a tree here is huntsmans getting in your car.



When I was a young driver, my first few years living in the big city, my car used to park in the back yard....under a gum tree.



I was driving along one day and pulled down my sun visor, a huge huntsman (these things are about 4 inches) dropped in my lap. I was on a single lane road, and I slammed on my damn brakes, flew out of the car SOOOO damn quick and I refused to get back in it until the spider was fucking DEAD.



A lovely gentleman who was behind me (and obviously wanted to get to work, LOL) got in my car, pulled it up to the side of the road out of the traffic (remember, big city), and located the spider and killed it for me.



Creepy.

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No, I'm talking about this:

"i remember when i was in high school i was good friends with this girl who lived in a 'shack' in the bush (lmao- sounds silly), anyway sleepovers were always 'exciting' to say the least. one time she had a massive python living in the bathroom/toilet- it lived there for a few weeks!!! there were always massive spiders... and the occasional scorpion on your leg lol i guess you just get over being worried after a while."

Jascinta - posted on 03/06/2011

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Stephanie- snake? lol she chopped the heads of snakes (poisinous ones- red bellies, king browns etc) and kept them in a jar in metholated spirits...... i'm talking about a red back spider. wow- my mum sounds kinda crazy? lmao. infact she has started a new collection now that shes moved including a millipede, a wolf spider, and a scorpian.

just thought i'd mention that this is one thing i didn't take on from my mum.

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Jascinta- Weren't they afraid that snake would eat them?!?!?!!! Or did they think peeing on it would keep it at bay lol? I think I'd be spearing that sucker. ; )

Jascinta - posted on 03/05/2011

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haha, that just reminded me of when i was little. my mum found a red back spider in the garden once and kept it as her pet for ages :O lmao.

Jessica - posted on 03/05/2011

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Actually, I believe they inject enzymes into their prey's body, turning their insides to liquid and that's what they suck out. Could be wrong though.

Cherish - posted on 03/05/2011

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I like spiders as well there used to be a big spider web and spider on my front porch. I used to feed it moths i caught..did u know they suck there prey dry of the blood

Sneaky - posted on 03/04/2011

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So my aunty starts screaming 'spider, spider' my cousin grabs an ice cream container (think square 15x15cm) runs out. Runs back in. "F****** container isn't big enough". Starts looking for a bucket. . . . . yeah, the spiders are big down under :o)

That was a huntsman by the way - harmless but freaking big!

Nikkole - posted on 03/04/2011

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@Jocelyn haha i had to throw that in :) i think since there are soo many cows next to my house we get more bugs around and in the house it seems like!

Iridescent - posted on 03/04/2011

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You just gave me serious chills. I showed my husband, then had to google the recall, and show him a pic of the spiders since he helps work on vehicles at our local repair shop...yuck!

Jascinta - posted on 03/04/2011

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these stories are kinda scary, but still hilarious ....

i'm in queensland australia, and there are spiders everywhere- i guess i've just gotten used to them? lol. i still don't like to 'crunch' them- i've adapted.... i use spider spray.

i remember when i was in high school i was good friends with this girl who lived in a 'shack' in the bush (lmao- sounds silly), anyway sleepovers were always 'exciting' to say the least. one time she had a massive python living in the bathroom/toilet- it lived there for a few weeks!!! there were always massive spiders... and the occasional scorpion on your leg lol i guess you just get over being worried after a while.

Jocelyn - posted on 03/04/2011

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As a side note: @ Nikkole; I love how you specified "next to some cows" :P

~♥Little Miss - posted on 03/04/2011

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I know Bonnie...i am gonna see shadows of spiders, and have nightmares all night long...I need to stop coming in here!

Bonnie - posted on 03/04/2011

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OMG I think I am going to have nightmares tonight. I may have to stop reading this thread. The problem is I enjoy reading your stories so i'm drawn in lol.

Nikkole - posted on 03/04/2011

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I live in the country (next to some cows) and we have spiders in our house ALL THE TIME and i hate them with a passion they are about the size of a quarter maybe a little bigger and they are always on the floor or celling and i SQUISH EVERY ONE THAT I FIND!!!!! Spiders or any small bug freaks me out because i have a fear of them crawling into my ear or mouth at night! I had one on my arm in the car one day and i almost wrecked killing the sucker (kids were not in the car)!

Ez - posted on 03/04/2011

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Spiders don't bother me. If they're outside I leave them be... they eat all the flies and I hate flies way more! If there is one inside I spray it to make it sick, then squash it. No biggie. I'm not keen on the idea of them crawling on me of course. And if my car got recalled because of them I'd be pissed lol.

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That picture isn't even close to the size of what was on me either. I don't fear spiders because i can look at pictures of them but i freak if they are near me but i can capture them. I hate them but i'd prefer to be the one to get rid of them in our house because if i ask DH he just kils them i do a capture and release. I release a few blocks away from my house.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 03/04/2011

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OMG OMG OMG OMG...AHHHHH SHANNEN I WOULD NEED SO MUCH THERAPY AFTER THAT! I CANNOT CLICK YOUR LINK!

~♥Little Miss - posted on 03/04/2011

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WOWZA! I am not afraid of snakes...but that is a DOOZY! I would be crippled with fear to see a live tarantula in the wild. One of my old high school teachers had a PET tarantula...it died and he keep the carcas on his desk. It was NASTY...all the hair was falling off, and a leg broke. his name was PETE.

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I saw a tarantula (at least i think it was) in Mexico and I was literally paralyzed with fear, couldn't even get the words out, all I could do it point and make uninterrpretable noises lol. My husband was like oh that's nothing, that's just a baby! Haha! But I kind of forgot about the spider when I saw a snake fatter than a telephone pole rapped around a bunch of bananas hanging from a tree.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 03/04/2011

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Oh man Stephanie...grody to the MAX! That is terrible. Did it leave a scar?

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I was bit by a spider on the neck when we first moved to Washington. I don't know what kind ot was but it made a huge pussy sore and I had to get antibiotic injections for it. It was brutal!

~♥Little Miss - posted on 03/04/2011

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Yeah, I was in Missouri...those wolf spiders there are GARGANTUOUS! They could eat a small bird I swear!

~♥Little Miss - posted on 03/04/2011

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Spiders are totally atracted to me...I have even been bit by a baby recluse spider...yup.

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Where in the heck did a spider that size come from Marina?!?! Was this in the United States? The only place Ive seen spiders like that is Mexico and Brazil. Ugh, they're like man eaters down there lol.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 03/04/2011

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Jessica, I was working at the animal clinic when the huge spider was crawling up my back, one of the Dr's saw it, and knocked it off...I proceeded to run out of the building screaming bloody murder! Everyone found out that day how petrified I am....they proceeded to tease me relentlessly! The Dr. who hit it off would hide live spiders in fecal cups and tell me to run a sample...yeah....she thought she was a riot!

Jessica - posted on 03/04/2011

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The sad thing is, I like camping. And I'm actually fascinated by spiders, but I am terrified of them if they're near me.

Lady Heather - posted on 03/04/2011

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You ladies all need to go live in a tent for a while. That would cure you. I spent a few months living outdoors for field school a few years back. At first we all tried to keep the bugs out. It soon became apparent that our efforts were futile. I had all manner of spiders and flies and earwigs and such in my tent and I know they were crawling on me at night because I ended up with a spider bite. I also had a mole that used to burrow under my tent and sleep next to me I guess for the warmth. His name was Mortimer.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 03/04/2011

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Ok Kati...I think our terror of spiders is equal...you would shit your pants if you knew how many fucking hairy assed spiders I have had on me in my life time....one of them the size of the palm of your hand...yup...crawling up my back into my hair!!!!! One actually fell out of a tree into my cleaveage! NO SHIT! I was wearing a sports bra so it got STUCK! MOTHERFUCKER!

Rosie - posted on 03/04/2011

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the crunch isn't so bad, it's the paranoia that it will jump on me as i get closer to it that paralyses me.
sometimes i have these night terrors and it ALWAYS involves a spider, a huge one at that. i'm like asleep, yet i'm awake, and my eyes are open, but i hallucinate a ginormous spider dropping from the ceiling right over my face. i SEE this, i start screaming and get paralysed with fear. it's really traumatic when it happens, i literally can't move. god, i 'm a whack job!!

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