I saw this on the news. Our rental is not far from this. I have thought about putting some wording in our listing about “creatures” that are native to the area and sometimes find a way inside. Things like spiders, scorpions, centipedes, tarantulas. Does anyone else have this either in their listing or in their house manual? We do have regular pest control, but here in the hill country we just live with lots of creepy-crawlies. My thought was to print out a photo page for the house manual that has a picture and name of the most common insects.
This seems like another example of a story where Airbnb is brought in but it’s not relevant. This about the conflict between two people.
A poisonous spider bite
The first four words of the article. So they are saying do not eat the spider it will make you sick, now if a venomous spider bites you that is a problem.
I just stayed in Arizona. One of the places mentioned coyotes and scorpions. To be honest, that really terrified me. Luckily, I didn’t see either. I guess it would be good to mention, just to cover yourself.
No Verizon!!! OMFG! (fainted)
like the Texas Hill Country, every listing in Arizona also has potential for coyotes and scorps. coyotes are more common in the burbs in AZ than stray dogs… maybe correlated lol
I’ve thought about adding a warning about the possibility of seeing palmetto bugs/ wood roaches/ giant cockroaches. Our property is in the south and backs up to the woods, so occasionally creepy crawlies wander in.
First of all these spiders are dangerous. I know someone who was lamed for life due to a brown recluse bite that was not properly administered to.
2nd, the battle is between the host and co-host caretaker. Not the guest. If the brown recluse bite had occurred on to the guest, it would be a different story, I believe… The fact that there may have been some of these spiders on a mattress inside is disturbing and possibly due to bad care by either human involved.
We on the other hand “see 1 tarantula and 1 rattlesnake per year , but not at the same time, and sometimes they are dead already”. I have this statement in my listing verbage. I would hope that the guests will realize that a statement concerning the prevalence and closeness of dangerous animals to the property is fully understood when they read the listing verbage and that airbnbn would back me up should any guest see said spider type or encounter such a snake. In my handbook, it says on the 1st page to call me or come over (50 yards to our abode) right away if they see a snake! The fire dept is @ the bottom of the hill, 1 mile away and they are great at coming to help.
i hate those bastards i don’t care how harmless they are i do not miss them. but if we were in that area, because they are perfectly harmless (the damage i do to myself trying to evade their presence notwithstanding) perhaps i would consider addressing it on site vs. in the listing leave an info card in the mud room about what they are and that they do not bite or carry disease, but feel free to murder them anyway next to a can of Raid and a sturdy fly swatter… lol.
I have something similar in my rental agreement. We had guests in the Cottage and a huge snake got in when one of the guests went out to smoke and left the door open. We removed it without issue and still got a 5* review. Another guest found 2 scorpions in the bathroom. I pay a fountune in pest control, but this is a heavily wooded property especially by the Cottage. Thankfully the guest was Texas born and bred, so she just killed them and mentioned it to us privately also a 5*.
Over the past 3 or so years, we have had snakes including a rattler or two, wild hogs, roaming cows, pigs and horses from elsewhere just show up. It’s a real pain. The worst was a rooster that was harder than heck to remove.
My Verizon does not work there at all and the AT&T barely works in Chicagoland, so I now own 2 iPhones.
Before we opened, my Minneapolis born and bred husband had no idea what I was screaming about the day we were working on the place and I temporarily lost my ability to say any words but ‘RED TOUCH YELLA RED TOUCH YELLA’. Coral snake was right at the front porch step. Thank he didn’t see it alone because he was so fascinated he wanted to pick it up. LOL. they are pretty, but no, dear. Just, no.
And yeah, we had to buy an iphone that we activate only when we travel there.
I will probably do something along these lines. I hate to say that “dangerous animals” are on the property. Its really only bugs…
Yes, but it could just as easily been a guest and that would be far worse.
If you’re near F-Burg it’s more than just bugs, though. Y’all have hogs, rattlesnakes, coral snakes, 'yotes, and hawks big enough to carry off my dog-like rodent, too. I know that all falls into the ‘duh’ category for those of us raised in the area, but some guests are purebred city slickers.
One of the reason we don’t allow dogs is because they are known to go missing, sadly, due to hawks and coyotes. We also have an extremely nasty insect that dines on tarantulas, Mother nature at her most wicked…
And the joy of our litigious society
I really hope you meant “rodent-like dog” here. Or perhaps you have a capybara, it is Texas after all…
I am not entirely convinced she isn’t a rodent I always had big dogs but this runt stole my heart.
You do know that several of your more squeamish Forum mates are noting down your listings to add to our “Never visit” lists …?
You could just have a rule about dogs: Dogs over 60 pounds only. That would be refreshing for a change
I hiked all around the hills in California with my 89 lb dog. We lived in L.A., you run into them in the neighborhood there. No chance of her going missing…you’ve never seen coyotes run so fast