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 Spiders and radon
hammerkill  [Team Member]
7/3/2009 9:01:11 AM
I hear tell that if you have spiders in your house you don't have radon gas. Be it a truth or a lie?
fxntime  [Team Member]
7/3/2009 9:04:09 AM
Originally Posted By hammerkill:
I hear tell that if you have spiders in your house you don't have radon gas. Be it a truth or a lie?


False. Spiders are VERY resistant to many "poisons" [radiation] and have to short of a life to be affected by Radon much. [Yes SOME spiders live a long time but most don't]

hammerkill  [Team Member]
7/3/2009 10:38:30 AM
Thanks for setting me straight.
Merrell  [Team Member]
7/3/2009 10:41:09 AM
Radioactive spiders.

Sleep well.
GarandM1  [Team Member]
7/3/2009 10:43:41 AM
The amounts of radon gas that the EPA considers to be "dangerous" to humans are so low (4 picocuries/liter of air) that they wouldn't even bother insects.

The EPA considers radon to be a danger because of the increased risk for lung cancer caused by living in a house with high radon levels. It's not a short-term hazard even for humans.
KwaiChangCaine  [Team Member]
7/3/2009 10:55:50 AM
The Radon level in my basement is just slightly above the desired "safe" limit. It's also full of spiders too.
Chokey  [Life Member]
7/3/2009 10:57:17 AM
Originally Posted By hammerkill:
I hear tell that if you have spiders in your house you don't have radon gas. Be it a truth or a lie?


my head hurts reading that
puskrat  [Life Member]
7/3/2009 11:29:06 AM
There is no limit considered "safe". The four pci/l "action level" is based on what was reasonably acheivable with remediation technology available in the 1970s. And ALL houses have radon. Outside has radon. It doesn't matter how much is in the basement unless someone lives there.

Oh, and don't run out and buy a test kit now, unless it's a year long unit. Levels can and usually do vary by up to a factor of ten from winter to summer.

The pros who come to work on your radon problem might care about the spiders.

Wow it's been a long time.