That was something I didn’t know!
Up till now I’ve always thought our most poisonous spider was a water spider that was as dangerous as a bee sting, but Caryn gave me a link to an article that tells us that the Black Widow spider now is established here, our climate fits it well and it seems to thrive here. That was something I really didn’t like to know 🙂 🙂 🙂 I actually know how a Black Widow looks and so does most probably every spider interested kid here too but would anyone of us actually realize what it is if we found one 🙂 🙂 :-)So far most that have been bitten only have had milder symptoms though.
I have always been more worried about poisonous snakes coming here, I think a rattle snake would manage the climate in southern Sweden without any problems, perhaps the summer is too short and cool for its eggs though. The laws on what animals are allowed to import changed a lot when we joined the EU and for the worse I’m afraid. We now have the Garter snake living here and they reproduce well. We also have water turtles in many lakes, they manage the climate but the summer is too short and cool for any eggs to develop.
We now also have proof of raccoons living here, a surveillance camera photographed at least one rather far from Denmark where they to their surprise have a big population close to Copenhagen. They were looking for evidence that the Raccoon dog had come to Denmark and put out cameras all over. Not a single Raccoon dog was found but plenty of raccoons 🙂 🙂 🙂 Copenhagen and Sweden is separated by water but that close so a raccoon without any problems can swim over if it so wishes. We also have the raccoon dog and that’s also a problem since our birds, toads and frogs aren’t afraid of them, they aren’t natural here and the raccoon dogs can wipe out entire populations of them here.
I guess we should be happy that skunks aren’t seen here at all 🙂 I know that my dogs would run to it and then I would have to bathe them all in tomato juice 🙂 🙂 🙂 Several time too because it seems my dogs never learn anything from that kind of experience 🙂 They would probably love the smell 🙂 🙂 🙂
The sticky flypaper I’ve put up is doing its job well, I think I’ll have to replace them all by the end of this week. The sun is shining but it is much cooler today and will stay like that all week they say 🙂 Now it’s time for something to eat and naturally I’ll make a pot of tea too 🙂
Have a great day!