Basically, people keep burning down their houses when trying to kill spiders.
The Mirror recently reported: “In June a woman in Kansas was arrested for arson after she allegedly tried to kill one by setting a pile of towels on fire with a cigarette lighter.”
Then, in July, Komo News reported that a man in Seattle had done $40,000 worth of damage to his house by trying to kill a spider with a lighter and some spray paint.
The station quoted Kyle Moore of the Seattle fire department: “There are safer, more effective ways to kill a spider than using fire. Fire is not the method to use to kill a spider.”
Last week, firefighters had to put out a fire in Bridgend, South Wales, after a woman sprayed a spider with an aerosol and set it alight.
This is now officially a trend.
You need to know if your home is at risk. From you. And the only way to do so is with the time-honoured tool of a BuzzFeed quiz.
BE WARNED: It contains GIFs of spiders. If you’re really scared of them, you probably don’t want to scroll down.
Oops! This post originally got Jeff Daniels and Jeff Bridges muddled up. This is a good opportunity to note both Jeffs are awesome.