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Let’s Talk About Spiders!

By mcash70
December 3, 2013

We all know that spiders are great in the garden to help control insects, but not so great when they come inside the house. Fall is a bad time of year for this as the spiders are looking for a warm place to “hang out" for the winter.

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Name: Linda
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quietyard
Dec 2, 2013 6:27 PM CST
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Name: Margaret
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mcash70
Dec 2, 2013 6:50 PM CST
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Name: Greene
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greene
Dec 2, 2013 7:27 PM CST
I appreciate your idea for those who want to trap and kill spiders. For other folks who have the 'live and let live' attitude, using a spider repellent spray made with essential oils may keep the spiders out in the garden where they belong. There are any number of recipes on the internet.
(That being said, I don't feel all that kindly toward cockroaches! Grumbling )
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Name: Linda
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quietyard
Dec 2, 2013 7:29 PM CST
Cockroaches are even worse then spiders... Crying Crying Crying
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Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Dec 2, 2013 7:42 PM CST
No live and let live attitude here. Any spiders indoors need to immediately die. The faster the better. I will be looking for the those glue traps. Great tip!
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gardengus
Dec 3, 2013 9:23 AM CST
My cats are good for more than just mice , they catch and eat the big wolf spiders that come in this time of year.

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Scruffmonkey &Duddley


Any one try hedge-apples to repel spiders?
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Name: Margaret
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mcash70
Dec 3, 2013 9:50 AM CST
Cats are great bug catchers, but I don't have them any more so it's the glue traps for me. nodding
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Newyorkrita
Dec 3, 2013 10:46 AM CST
Nice kitties and I especially love the name Scruffmonkey. Hilarious!
Name: Lyn
Weaverville, California (Zone 8a)
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RoseBlush1
Dec 3, 2013 12:16 PM CST
I use diluted white vinegar water around all of my doors and windows and on the steps leading up to the doors to keep spiders out of the house. True, I have to re-apply it periodically, but it's worth it.

I also wash the pallets that I stack my winter wood on with vinegar water. I haven't come face to face with a spider since I started doing that.

@greene ... for roaches ... When I was in college and lived at the beach in San Diego, the apartment house where I lived was totally infested with roaches. I went out and bought a gecko and let him lose. I had one very happy lizard and was the only tenant in the building who never had any roaches. I never saw him except for once in a while when I reached for something where he was hiding. Yeah, I did have to clean up evidence that he lived with me, but that was easier than dealing with roaches.

Smiles,
Lyn

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Name: Greene
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greene
Dec 3, 2013 12:47 PM CST
@RoseBlush1, thanks for the gecko info. I knew about them but my dog...well, let's just say I would be buying a new gecko about once a week. I use herbs now, placing them here and there. Once in a while, burn an herbal smudge. Would probably work for spiders, too.
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Name: Lyn
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RoseBlush1
Dec 3, 2013 12:54 PM CST
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I'd rather weed than dust ... the weeds stay gone longer.
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mcash70
Dec 3, 2013 12:55 PM CST
Glue traps are a lot easier, and only need replacing once in awhile except in the fall, then they can fill up in about 2 or 3 weeks. Hilarious!
Name: Toni
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Skiekitty
Dec 3, 2013 12:55 PM CST
I get the rollypoly eating spiders (dysdera crocata) in the house and wolf spiders, but the cats usually take them out for me. But I do get lots of the woodlouse spiders because of all the mulch attracts the rollypolys by the thousands, so I get lots of spiders to take them out. In my roses I also get crab spiders. I accidentally brought this little guy to work earlier this summer.

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The 2nd picture is the spider on a standard pen. You can see just how teeny it is.

Here's another crab spider on my Fragrant Plum rose. The 2nd picture also has an assassin bug in the center.

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mcash70
Dec 3, 2013 12:59 PM CST
Toni, with the number of cats that you have I don't think you need glue traps! Rolling on the floor laughing
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RoseBlush1
Dec 3, 2013 1:02 PM CST
I don't mind spiders in the garden, but I draw the line about having them in the house, my winter heating wood , the garden shed and the workshop.

Smiles,
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Name: Toni
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Skiekitty
Dec 3, 2013 1:19 PM CST
mcash70 said:Toni, with the number of cats that you have I don't think you need glue traps! Rolling on the floor laughing


Truth that! Keeps them entertained.. but I don't think the spiders care much for it. But only a few kitties go after the spiders. I've actually had a spider run right past Tara & she just watched it run past her and didn't even bother to stretch out a paw to swat at it. And she's not quite 3 years old! Now Conan, my 13-16 y/o cat, he'll go after them still, if one of the kittens doesn't charge past him first. And heaven help any moth that is dumb enough to wander into the house. EVERYONE goes after moths. A few years ago, we had a HUGE infestation of miller moths. I didn't have to feed the cats much that week... Whistling Whistling Whistling
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Marilyn
Dec 3, 2013 6:05 PM CST
After reading this ..... http://www.termite.com/spider-identification.html#brownreclu... Crying Blinking Thumbs down I'm thinking I could use some of those traps. Do the traps kill the spiders or do they hold them alive until released? What stores do you get the traps at? What department in the stores? How much do they cost? I'm all ears!
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Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
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mcash70
Dec 3, 2013 6:25 PM CST
Marilyn, once the spiders check in they don,t check out, they are stuck until they die. I bought them at Canadian Tire, it's an everything store, hardware, lighting, gardening, sports, kitchen ware, tires, get your oil changed while you shop! Hilarious! Great place!! They cost $2.39 and there's 4 per package, they are made in the US, so I suggest you try places like Home Depot, Lowe's, or seed stores, I found them in the section where they sell mouse traps and the like, do not buy the large ones scented with peanut, they do not work as well. nodding
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Marilyn
Dec 3, 2013 7:04 PM CST
Thanks Margaret! I tip my hat to you. Thumbs up I'll be on the lookout for the traps!
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Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
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mcash70
Dec 3, 2013 7:16 PM CST
Your welcome Marilyn, and thank you for the Acorn tip! I tip my hat to you.

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