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Beginner Gardening: spider webs on my plants & hedges

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Harvey, IL

August 12, 2009
2:16 PM

Post #6938125

how can I get rid of spiders without harming the plants and why are they so aggressive this year? I have never had this many. they practically cover the top of some of the bushes. can you suggest an eco friendly solution?
Long Beach, CA
(Zone 10a)

August 12, 2009
2:29 PM

Post #6938183

I get those a LOT. Most of them are just giant cobwebs, actual spiders in them. Depending on what they're attached to, I either use the hose to knock them down, or a broom.

The real webs with actual spiders in them I take a stick and break it up and let the spider go elsewhere w/o hurting it. I only do this when they're in a place I have to walk through. Trouble is, the next day, they've rebuilt their web in the same exact spot !
West Palm Beach, FL

August 12, 2009
3:37 PM

Post #6938455

I've had a lot of spiders webbing in inconvenient spots lately. Mainly crab spiders, but a few scarier varieties I've kept my distance from. They eat mosquitoes, who would've in-turn been sucking on my leg, so I don't mind them too much. It's when I walk into them while walking the dogs in the morning that I don't particularly enjoy.

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