Like many of us, I'm sure, we're always inundated at this time of year with
outside spiders making nests, spinning big cobwebs, messing up the siding,
etc. They usually collect under the overhang and on the porch.
I take a broom and sweep them down, but is there any type of spider
repellent available so that the little critters don't stop at our house and
adopt us in the first place?
I've never heard of any. Since I figure their food supply is other
insects, the key may be preventing *them*. Spiders are interesting
enough to provide some intellectual(?) stimulation, and they *do*
capture other small critters. However, it's no fun to walk down the
sidewalk near a tree and have to pick spiderweb from one's hair for
the next 2 blocks. With some well-advertised exceptions, they're
pretty harmless to people. Many spiders (Free Fact) spin new webs
every day. When your power is out for days, and there's no TV,
watching a spider is pretty cheap entertainment. :-)
I do appreciate spiders in the grand scheme of chaos, Zhan, and I enjoy the
orb spiders on my Carolina jasmine, roses, and azaleas. The only ones I've
stomped are the black widows that insist on making their homes next to the
spigots and garden hose caddies. It's also great to see all the spiders'
webs sparkling with dew in the grass in the morning, but it's a pain to
catch and haul outside all those little spiders that gain access to the
house where they spin their webs in corners and nooks and crannies around
the house and drive Barb crazy. How do they gain access when we have screens
on all the windows and the doors are never left open? Are they able to
invade when they are small enough to come through the screens? Inquiring
minds want to know! <G>
I recall seeing a TV program about Black Widows once, it was mentioned
that those spiders tend to build near a reliable water supply, because
that's what attracts the kind of insects Black Widow's like. Trouble
is, they tend to get annoyed when someone puts their hand, foot, or
other body part too close to the Black Widow and makes the spider
think that he/she needs to protect themselves.
I think that if I regularly found Black Widow spiders nesting on my
property, I'd buy stock in Raid and Black Flag, and make good friends
of ALL the exterminators within a 50 mile radius! I just couldn't
hack the stress of wondering when someone would get bit.
:) If one does, you would be
:) willing to risk your own life with neuro toxins in order to keep them dead.
:) well, takes all kinds.
The true risk is the drive to the store for the
insecticides. But I'm sure her kind, assuming she falls
into the category as all, is a careful driver.
They probably hitched a ride in on your clothes or groceries. But I
wouldn't tell Barb that. ;-) Spiders are my favorite in the insect
world. They do bother me though when the babies are balloning around
and I get a face full of silk.
I had never really thought of that before, but you're probably right. The
babies are certainly small enough to avoid notice unless one was
specifically looking for them. Barb isn't really afraid of spiders, but they
drive her to distraction when they decide to spin their webs between the
screen and the window - particularly when it's just before company arrives
and she hasn't noticed the webs earlier. <G>
I solved that problem by using a bamboo pole for the daily morning walks through
the gardens. I prod up ahead and if there are webs I try not to disturb them.
Fortunately, the large orb spiders nest and web on or near the plants which
attract grasshoppers. I don't kill spiders. Black widow or brown recluse, if
found in the garage or near our house are put into a jar and released way in the
back corner of the yard. I see no reason to kill them.
Yay Victoria!! We don't have any poisonous spiders in our area - just the
regular type that only itch if they bite.
We probably have a bazillion in the yard and in the house - but I made my
peace with spiders yrs ago. They are beautiful creatures and do us a great
service - inside and out. Of course my cats love them too and often spend
hrs in the woodpile in the basement (for woodstove) during the long winter
nights hunting them - so the balance is kept - I don't need to step in. I
don't believe it is up to me to knowingly kill anything - I like to grow
things and help them thrive- not destroy them. That is why I am a gardener.
We are all here to procreate and perpetuate our own species and I for one
will not knowingly kill without purpose!! Now if anyone had a good recipe
for spider stew and we were going hungry....
Hi, this is my first post here. Going thru Google for articles on
grasshoppers, found a Victoria who had fears of them as I sometimes
I;m so glad that she's still here (when I checked for her messages
they were no later than 1999) since I tend to sometimes share the same
fear she does,esp.as a kid. She's in good company regarding
grasshopper worries. Out here in SOuthern California we can gwet them
about 5 inches (the books on insects in the area understate hopper
sizes at about 2 and a half inches at the most..I know that, legs
strecthing behind the thorax notwithstanding that hoppers are AT least
5 inches given one of Victori'a posts some years ago.
Sorry to pile on but the spiders you have may just be a blessing in
disguise. They are very useful in catching pesty insects like ants, roaches,
mosquitoes, flys, moths, etc. Eliminating your spiders may make your house a
haven for other insects. Think about it: if those insects cant go into your
neighbor's homes, guess where they will end up. Unless posonous, an eyesore
or grossly big, what pain do they cause.
Mi 2 sensamilia,
Although I do nothing to discourage our rather large spider population here,
one thing is for certain -- they do NOTHING for mosquito control. We have
had a major mosquito problem this year and even with a bazillion spiders.
Seems the wolfies have been pretty prolific in the garden this time
around -- I've been finding the little buggers everywhere this year.
I'm on the fence about their use as a fly deterrent -- I was actually bitten
by a small fly a few days back. Couldn't believe it -- I've NEVER been
bitten by a fly before and this thing actually drew blood!
An interesting item in tangent to this thread -- since cooler weather has
moved in over the last couple of weeks, I've seen a sharp decline in the
spider population as well as most other insects naturally. Surprisingly,
we've also seen several crane flies flitting about in the yard (and the
house for that matter) which is a change -- before now we'd rarely if ever
seen one over here, although I did see a bunch in a grassy field across the
street (used to be a house but it was torn down back in the spring).
Oh well -- going back to lurk mode. :)
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