Spider Problem - Knowledgebase Question

Prospect, Ke
Question by chris_and_mi7
August 3, 2009
Hi. We have a garden with various perennials and have noticed that over the last few months we are overrun with spiders. Small white ones and small jumping ones - they are everywhere! Are they more than just a nuisance and should we try to get rid of them? Or are they somehow (yuck) beneficial?

Thank you!


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Answer from NGA
August 3, 2009

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The white spiders are sometimes called crab spiders and they hide in open flowers hoping to attack insects that visit the flowers. I tend to leave them alone (which helps in the balance of nature). They can be considered simply a nuisance. Some years there are larger populations than others - this must be your year to have a high population of these spiders.

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