Do spiders die when they are sucked up by a vacuum cleaner?

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  1. Midlander

    Midlander Platinum Member

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    I know it's a strange question, but I wonder if anyone has checked. If they don't die immediately, do they find their way back out? Shop vacs don't have much of a barrier to the escape route.
     
  2. dug777

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    spider!!!!!!























    probably. murderer.
     
  3. leftyman

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    little girl
     
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    Ask Syringer! :p
     
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    Probably just depends. If you suck one up and then keep vacuuming, they will get burried under new dirt/debris and won't be able to get out. But if you just turn on the vacuum for a second to suck one up and then turn it off, it's probably still alive and coud theoretically find its way out.. eventually.
     
  6. TallBill

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    and it'll be one hell of a pissed off spider.
     
  7. rh71

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    <-- wondered the same thing. These insects with so little body mass could take a beating and still survive.

    I'd recommend RAID + vacuum.
     
  8. dug777

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    TallSpider!!!!

    :eek:
     
  9. ISAslot

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    No. The effects of the vacuum places them in a dimensional rift above your bed where they randomly drop out and into your mouth while you sleep.
     
  10. kyzen

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    probably depends on the vacuum. If it has one of those spinning brush dealies then the spider is probably pretty much fvcked.
     
  11. mflacy

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    Not only will it be alive, the spider will find it's way out and exact revenge you while you sleep!
     
  12. BillGates

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    I think some vacuums have impeller blades of some kind, so they could be chopped up if they're unlucky.
     
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    No, they just stop posting.
     
  14. TallBill

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    Yes, impeller blades.. that must be teh key.
     
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    Don't most vacuums have the blades behind the bag?
     
  16. dug777

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    all in fact i'd say...

    they might have the rollers at the head tho...
     
  17. Mrfrog840

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    exactly
     
  18. Midlander

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    Based on these answers, I think I'll step on them first. :)
     
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    why would they die?
     
  20. giantpinkbunnyhead

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    I usually vacuum them up, then empty the cannister, seek out the spider, make sure it's in fact dead, then step on it in the trash can just to be sure. A little bit of bug spray or bleach helps too. Spray the sucker first, watch it writhe, laugh at it, then suck it away into oblivion. Then step on it.

     
  21. TallBill

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    impeller blades, duh!
     
  22. homestarmy

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    They would almost definately die. Did any of you guys take high school biology? Spiders are incredibly fragile. Even falling off of a table onto the ground can often kill them. Being violently sucked into a vacum cleaner should definately kill them.
     
  23. AznAnarchy99

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    that is a really scary thought
     
  24. Aharami

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    i actually did this once. sucked up a quarter sized spider with the hose attachment (not the brush part). so the spider got sucked up intact. I have a bagless and the canister is clear, so I could see the spider in there trying to get out. I turned the vacuum on and watched the spider go round and round in the whirlwind. But even after a while, the spider didnt die, it was moving around. I figured if the spider can take that kind of a beating AND still climb out somehow, it deserves to live. So i just left it in the canister and eventually forgot about it. A week or so later, I remembered about it out of the blue and when I checked up on it, it was still there, but it was lifeless and curled up.
    I guess the injuries it suffered during the whirlwind caused it to die eventually.

    Vacuum - 1
    Spider - 0
     
  25. Midlander

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    Good. Now I can sleep without worrying about the spiders dropping out of that dimensional rift.