Sempervivum and Jovibarba forum: Semps and spiders

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Name: Paul
Antelope Valley, S. California
Zone 8B/9A
Region: California
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Jul 26, 2016 9:07 PM CST
Hey all, has anyone ever had the experience of spiders taking residence around your semps? I am having a veritable plague of black widows living around my semps this year and wonder if I am alone in this.
Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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webesemps
Jul 26, 2016 9:51 PM CST
Not me, and I've had semps in CA, NM, WA and OR. Now that I've said that, I hope this trend continues for me... Whistling
Name: Michael
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parttimegardener
Jul 26, 2016 10:10 PM CST
Saw some small jumping spiders in and around my semps this year - nice guys, but too fast for a photo. Black widows are a different chapter, but they don't exist here.
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Name: Tim Stoehr
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tcstoehr
Jul 26, 2016 10:18 PM CST
Not really... no. I would have to assume they are there for food... whatever sort of bugs those would be.
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TerriStanley
Jul 27, 2016 8:47 AM CST
I always have small and even tiny spiders connecting webs to my semps, sedums and ID tags. I dislike spiders, but they are actually hard working volunteers. They are keeping other insects in check. If only I could train them to eat slugs! Hilarious!
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Name: Chris
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Jul 27, 2016 10:38 AM CST

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We have a ridiculous amount of spiders this year. I'm constantly removing massive webs from my semps. Never recall having this problem before. Luckily they're small and harmless....not black widows! Crying
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Name: Greg Colucci
Seattle WA (Zone 8b)
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gg5
Jul 27, 2016 11:39 AM CST
Paul It could just be they need the shelter of your plants, and as you're getting more, they are realizing what a great spot it is for them Shrug! With that said, mine don't seem to attract any more spiders than my other plants, which is always a few. I tip my hat to you.
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Name: Paul
Antelope Valley, S. California
Zone 8B/9A
Region: California
cahdg6891
Jul 27, 2016 7:04 PM CST
Yes, spiders do noble work Green Grin! I just wish some regular garden spiders would move in and the black widows move out! We always have them here but there's so many this year. Blech. Too bad they don't eat spider mites.
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Jul 28, 2016 7:30 AM CST

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Wow, a garden bed is not a usual hang out spot for Black Widows. How odd.
I do have number of spiders in the raised beds every year. So far this year doesn't seem any different for quantity. I have jumping spiders, regular looking garden spider, the rare for us black and yellow spider, trapdoor spiders. Oh and lots of Daddy Long Legs. I love having all of them in my garden.
Name: Tim Stoehr
Canby, Oregon (Zone 8b)
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tcstoehr
Jul 28, 2016 10:00 AM CST
Good point, Lynn. Black Widows prefer dark recesses, not sunny gardens. You're more likely to find them down in a plumbing access box rather that out in the sunshine.
Name: Paul
Antelope Valley, S. California
Zone 8B/9A
Region: California
cahdg6891
Jul 28, 2016 11:46 AM CST
Actually Lynn, these spiders are making their home in my pots that I have in the far corner of my patio. Nice shady spot for them I suppose but I have no clue what they are managing to eat. I have to check under the rim of any pot I go to pick up lest it have a black widow hiding there. Little beasties. If I find just one more I am going to start charging them rent Green Grin! there are also tons of lizards this year, but I don't know if they prey on black widows or not.
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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Jul 28, 2016 4:45 PM CST

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Your placement explains why they are there Paul. Makes sense. This time of year there will be all kinds of things to eat around those containers.

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