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  1. #1 Daddy Long Legs Contaminating Edible Foods/Liquids 
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    Hey guys,

    I left some water outside after bbq'ing yesterday and it's alot of water, perfectly clean and drinkable. Overnight I guess one of those "Daddy Long Legs" spider thingy's got into it and I took it out this morning. I was just about to dump all the water when I thought, "hey theres alot of water here, and it might still be drinkable even though this happened?". I know I hear everyone say that they're the most poisonous spider/arachnid on earth or whatever they say, but could that sort of poison seep into the water? It's a couple gallons of water and I'd really rather not throw it out. Daddy long legs can inject poison into critters but could it emit poison as well? I just want to be safe but I also want to try and save these gallons of drinking water if I could. I figure this is a question for a true science type person who would be able to handle this type of dilemma with an easy answer. Thanks again guys. All the best.


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    I suppose that you first need to know for certain what kind of 'long-legs' that you have but I rather doubt that you have anything to worry about. If the 'daddy long legs' in these parts were poisonous, I do not doubt that either my horses of myself would have noticed some ill effect by now.

    snopes.com: Daddy Longlegs

    Daddy long legs must get into all sorts of open water supplies and I have never heard of any poisoning related to them.


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    thank you so much. i'm so glad i dont have to toss all this good water out! ur a life saver. and a smart one at that. I guess it could only really even have a less than halfway decent chance of poisoning me if i were to swallow one whole, huh? did some googling and found they're not as poisonous as people say they are. it's all a matter of perspective (size matters, in the end, lol). i did have a friend who found one in his food the other day too and ended up eating as well without knowing (we found a few legs hanging off, cali is full of arachnids....oy vey). pretty gross stuff. hopefully none of this is poisonous...i pray to god
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