I just moved into a house where the exterior was poorly maintained.
There are cobwebs all over with other debris caught in the webs. Using
a vacuum is quite tedious and a hose with water is not doing that great
of a job.
Any of suggestions?
I thought of a pressure washer, but was concerned that it could damage
the wood or push stuff into the cracks.
1. Hit the fabric store and buy a yard of their nylon net (mosquito
net). Your choice of color.
2. Cut a section of it and scrunch it into a tuft.
3. Tape it onto the end of a pole.
4. Walk around the house and wipe the cobwebs with the nylon net tuft.
It snags up and collects cobwebs like nobody's business. Rinse it off
with the hose when it gets full of cobwebs and dirt.
A smaller version of this (with the net tuft taped to a dowel) works
The KISS principle applies here in my opinion. Use a broom, you could
have been done by now if you didn't kill time by running in to your
computer to post this question. Yea, you may need a ladder. Go buy one
if you don't have one. Sounds like you will have future use for it.
: The KISS principle applies here in my opinion. Use a broom, you
: have been done by now if you didn't kill time by running in to
: computer to post this question. Yea, you may need a ladder. Go
: if you don't have one. Sounds like you will have future use for
Actually, a pressure washer does a great job for things like
that. You just use a wand with a wide pattern instead of a
pencil pattern, and it cleans it right up. Stay three feet or so
from the siding and you'll never even push much water up
underneath but still get a good strong gush of air/water to work
out the spidercrap and all the dirt that catches in them.
I do it yearly and concentrate on the corners and edges where
flies like to lay their egss. Haven't had much of a fly or wasp
I can understand wanting to clean out spiderwebs occasionally,
especially if they're full of debris, but in general, they're a good
thing, right? Spiders eat flies, ants, mosquitoes, aphids, termites,
etc, and the vast majority are harmless. Why would you want to keep
spiders away long-term?
Yes spiders do do all the things you mentioned, far as I know.
I think the case in point here though is esthetics. They're not
talking about a few neat, fuzzy cobwebs in a corner or two. In
fact, they're not even necessarily all spider webbings; some are
just spore growths from things that float in the air.
In the country especially the cobwebs will often cover the
entire north wall of a building, especially if there is
vegetation along it any higher than grass. Then it starts
collecting dust, insects, dead and/or eaten, pollen, spores,
anything light enough to float in the air.
Especially after a humid summer as we've had here lately, first
the side of the building begins to look a little dingy, then
gray, and then more black than anything else by the end of the
summer. My sister next door has one of the most text-book
examples of it I've ever seen this year. She tried sweeping and
that got rid of the fuzzies but not the black film. She tried
washing but that was a huge task, too huge for her. We've found
the pressure washer does the best job of cleaning and also has
enough force to remove the black from the vinyl without damaging
it since no soaps have been needed. Yet, anyway.
I normally wash down my siding a couple of times a summer and
it seems to suffice. No chemicals, soap or anything else
: > The Ortho Home Defender will keep them coming back for a few
: > If you don't treat the surface with something, they'll be
: I can understand wanting to clean out spiderwebs occasionally,
: especially if they're full of debris, but in general, they're a
: thing, right? Spiders eat flies, ants, mosquitoes, aphids,
: etc, and the vast majority are harmless. Why would you want to
: spiders away long-term?
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