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Beginner Gardening: spider webs on my plants & hedges

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ruthcooks2
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?
JasperDale
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, though...no 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 !
Grantman31
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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