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If you hike in a group, ideally arrange the sequence so someone big and not-so-bright is first. Maybe they won't notice the webs. :-) I have not ever seen anyone wear a mosquito net. Not during spider season. Not in the tropics, jungles, or rain forests. I have years of total trail time. But it is a great option and should be easy to pack for "just in ...


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Quarterstaff! No, wait, hear me out. It's not just helpful against Ogres and Trolls while doubling as a walking stick / trekking pole but protects your eyes from various dangers if used properly: spiderwebs, thornbushs, and shrubberies. With respect to the length of the staff I'd go with about the same height as the hiker, maybe add a few inches for the ...


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This is definitely a tick. If it were a spider it would appear that the legs all come from a central point, as spider bodies are separated into segments, whereas tick bodies are not. There are two main types of ticks - hard ticks and soft ticks. They look quite different. Hard ticks have what's known as a scutum (translates to shield) that covers the front ...


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That actually looks to be a Woodlouse Hunter (Dysdera crocata). They prey exclusively on woodlice. They also go by a few other names such as: woodlouse spider, sowbug hunter, sowbug killer, pillbug hunter, and slater spider. Image source: http://www.whatsthatbug.com/category/spiders/sow-bug-killers/ From the Pennsylvania State Entomology Department site: ...


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My husband and I only have this issue when we're the first ones on the trail in the morning, so we've learned to take our time at breakfast/packing up and then we hit the trail a bit after we see someone else pass by our camp. If we aren't lucky enough to have another group clear the path for us, we take turns going in front and doing a scissor motion with ...


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I understand that to be a Myth: Spiders can lay their eggs under human skin in wounds created by their bites. It always happens to "a friend" not to the person relating the story. However, there are several bugs that do: 11 Bugs That Will Lay Their Eggs Inside You. The maggot from the botfly in the first picture looks particularly hideous.


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Spin a length of string or chain while hiking, so that it will destroy or be caught in any spiderwebs in front of you. Wear a clear plastic mask, perhaps.


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We get giant Banana Spiders here in Florida. They can span across the entire trail and though harmless can be a real pain. When going down trails that no one has used for months or years they are especially thick. I use netting and a big stick and have to wave it in front of me else you will be spider-faced real quick. They are very timid creatures so ...


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I think you will find that Timothy Bax is given to a bit of hyperbole. I did a quick search for spiders in South Africa - and it seems that there are a number of spiders that could potentially fit the description of being ground-dwelling, hunting, large and hairy. There are members of the Tarantula family, which have bulbous abdomens, and generally fit the ...


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So I also posted this question on reddit, and got back a response, which seems correct, so I figured I'd go ahead and post an answer (although my stepdad gets credit for guessing correctly before reddit). This spider is most likely a Nephila clavipes (colloquially known as a banana spider): Per bugguide.net, females can grow up to 50 mm; males can grow up ...


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Similar things have happened before, in South America, but if the spider is poisonous, it may have some effect even when eaten. He was infested with worm parasites that had burrowed into his flesh and had trouble speaking and moving after swallowing venom from a poorly cooked giant spider. He was covered with bites from "poux d'agoutis" - a particularly ...


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This is a somewhat lame answer, but I am often hunting off-trail and get spiderwebs in the face all the time. One day I just decided to decorate my face with any spiderwebs where I couldn't see a spider. Once you get one or two on your face, they stop bothering you, and the big webs with a spider in them are usually easy enough to spot and avoid. Trying ...


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