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Posted 17 April 2006 - 09:21 PM

I do not have any indoor plants. My sister a couple of years ago bought a large potted plant, only to find that once she brought it home, a snake which was quietly asleep in the pot woke up and crept out into her living room. I have a terrible fear of snakes, as does she.

Anything is possible with plants and creatures laying eggs in/on them etc.

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Posted 18 April 2006 - 01:39 AM

Cringes well how about fruits or veggies.. i don't know it 's true but i was told of a black widow appearing from a vegatable ... so could that happen too :S luckly i don't keep plants i have no room in this apt and my groceries are fine too :ghost:

My brother once had a spider crawl out of a box of frosted flakes while he was pouring it into his bowl. The spider wasn't poisonous or even that big, but this brother still can't eat frosted flakes.

re fruits and vegies: All foreign fruits and vegetables (this includes those from Hawaii) must either be gassed or steamed before entering the continental US. In Hawaii, we most often resort to the gas chamber (I can't remember which gas is used).

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Posted 20 April 2006 - 06:29 AM

I've been an indoor gardener for years. I check the soil of the plant carefully before I buy the plant. That said, I've had one problem of little catterpillars coming out of one plant pot. After a few months of killing whatever came out, the problem never returned. Another time I brought home some miniature violets to add to my collection. Then all of my miniature violets died. There must have been a bad virus in one of the new plants.

You do the best you can to buy carefully, but there's always a little bit of risk. I'm not going to give up gardening because of that risk. Any more than any of you would give up driving cars just because one of them had a faulty part. The benefits outweigh the risk in most cases.
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Posted 20 April 2006 - 12:10 PM

My mom once told me a story about imported veggies/fruits. This must have happened in the 70's. She knew a lady who was grocery shopping and was picking out bananas. As she was rummaging through a box of bananas, she happened upon a nice, big spider crawling amongst the bananas. :Wall:

Rules on imported fruits are probably stricter, now-a-days, like was mentioned previously in this thread: fruits and veggies coming into the country are probably gassed or something similar to prevent an influx of creepy crawlies who like to bite unsuspecting shoppers. I'm not sure. But, I haven't heard any real horror stories about imported spiders, etc. lately.

Still, gives me the creeps...


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Posted 20 April 2006 - 12:51 PM

My brother once had a spider crawl out of a box of frosted flakes while he was pouring it into his bowl. The spider wasn't poisonous or even that big, but this brother still can't eat frosted flakes.

My mother once playfully blew through a straw at my dad, and a baby spider flew out the end and landed on him. No big deal, but I always blow through any straw( NOT pointing at anyone), before I put it in my drink. I have both a spiritual affinity and scientific fascination with scorpions and spiders alike, but I don't want to ingest them, thanks!
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Posted 20 April 2006 - 12:57 PM

........... and a baby spider flew out the end and landed on him.


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