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Every few mornings I find a spider trapped
in my kitchen sink. The spiders can't
climb up the slick walls, maybe it's just
this variety of spider that has this
problem, I'm not sure. I usually help them
out and they go about thier business.
Today I blasted one with some water by
and mangled him.
The spider ladder would be like a
miniature version of a swimming pool
ladder that would hang off the edge of the
sink and extend all the way down to the
bottom. The spiders could come and go
as they please.
[ldischler, Aug 07 2005]
(???) delete this!
[MrColcannon, Aug 19 2005]
A ladder to help moths out of baths
IT Crowd: Smoke & Mirrors [Dub, Aug 30 2010]
In Search of Originality
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IT Crowd - S02-E05 - Smoke and Mirrors
[09:50] but worth watching all [Dub, Mar 15 2018, last modified Nov 18 2018]
||Another option is to leave a large heap of dirty dishes in your sink. They will serve as a ladder also. Or as a hiding place - yiii!
||[MrColcannon], you are very nice to spiders.
||And your idea is F'ing baked. You are, officially, not alone.
||I put duct tape on the side of the tub n sink to rescue
bugs fabric tape is a better way though.
||it's funny to see that this is baked.
good idea with the duct/cloth tape. i
also realized that rungs aren't
necessary. recently i've just been
leaning a potholder up against the side
of the sink.
||i think the spider ladder needs to be
height-adjustable, removable, mold
resistant, easy to clean, and
aesthetically attractive. i'd also like it to
be made out of sustainable materials.
will give it some thought.
||also, seems like some others like the
idea of bringing megafauna to the U.S.
[link] ala the american rhino.
||Is that Summer Sanders in [ldischler]'s link?
||yay, lets save the innocent bugs of the world. MrCalcannon you have my vote
||Baked, if i must say. You can (and
always have been able to) buy spider
ladders for your bath.
||If I'm not mistaken, this idea's sort-of referenced (a ladder
for moths rather than spiders) in the IT Crowd "smoke and
||In the same vein, a worm ladder for those annelids
caught in the rushing curb flow which might get the
little guts back into the soil.
||I was going to post possum ladder for garbage cans.
This is pretty much the same idea.
||Racoons are said to be very smart about getting into garbage
cans. Do you think they could learn to use an elevator?
||[MrColcannon] had a brief run in 2005 ... ah, those were the days.
||Of course, these are also.
||There used to be a little "spider ladder" novelty
you could buy as a sort of joke gift. The best
thing about it was the poem on the packaging which,
decades later, for some unknown reason I still
remember most of:
The spider comes not up
For it is blocked with water
So do not
wash him down again
You know you didn't
He falls into the bathtub
From off the bathroom ceiling
this tiny ladder out
And show a little
(something, somthing, something, something)
Between the H and C taps
And watch him
clamber out again
And dry eight hairy kneecaps.
||I heard he took the long ladder from this filthy earthen sink
to heaven. If only hed squished that black widow instead
of letting it climb his dinky ladder into his pants
||Yes; the advisability of this idea does depend on whether you live
somewhere there are black widows (or redbacks, as we call them
in these parts). It's all about the food web; redbacks eat smaller
spiders so, if you tolerate the harmless little spiders in your
house, then the nastier ones will follow them in to prey on them.