Spiders come in all sizes, shapes, and colors. However, their basic body structure remains the same in all the 40,000 or so species of spiders inhabiting the world.
They have eight legs, a jaw, and 6-8 eyes. Contrary to common belief, spiders are animals and not insects. They are classified as arachnids, a class in scientific nomenclature which also includes ticks and scorpions.
All spiders have fangs and they do sting, but very few of them are venomous.
Spiders can thrive in a wide variety of outdoors. Cultivated gardens are one of their favorite dwellings because of ready availability of food, comfort, and web-weaving places.
Spiders eat many types of pests that damage the garden and its flora. These include ticks, mosquitoes, flies, termites, and earwigs. So, rather than being harmful, spiders are helpful in maintaining a healthy garden.
Is It Necessary to Control Spiders in the Garden?
Despite their usefulness, spiders can become problematic if there is a population explosion in the garden. A female spider lays hundreds of eggs in a single sac. In that eventuality, spiders will invade your home.
Here are five ways to check spider proliferation in your garden.
Sprinkle Diatomaceous Earth in the Garden
Using diatomaceous earth is an organic, safe, and non-toxic way to control spiders inmyour garden. Diatomaceous earth is a soft, porous rock that has centuries-old aquatic remains trapped in it.
When you crush the rock and sprinkle it in the garden, the fossilized content sucks away moisture from spiders' bodies when they crawl on it, and they die.
Sprinkle this dust on all areas where spiders are likely to weave webs, including tree branches, beneath rocks, and all shady and moist spaces.
This option is not very advisable, since the insecticide will also kill the pests on which spiders feed. More importantly, you will have to study the range of insecticides carefully before selecting one for spider control.
Even after this study, you may still end up selecting the wrong insecticide and inflict harm on the garden and flora, or worse, on your family.
If you must use an insecticide, it is best to call a professional service for safe and proper spraying.
Light the Garden Dimly
A large variety of garden pests get attracted to bright light. If your garden is brightly lit, it will also bring spiders to the light source in search of pests.
Along with lighting the garden dimly, you should also avoid bright light spilling on the garden through patios, doors, and windows.
Use Incandescent Light
As much as possible, avoid using white light in the garden. Yellow light does not attract pests as much as white light does.
Be Particular About Garden Upkeep
By far, the best way of spider control is regular and proper upkeep of your garden. Mowing the lawn, trimming, cleaning, and other measures will keep the spread of spiders in check.
You should also destroy spider webs as and when you notice them.
Spider control demands proper knowledge and experience. It also sometimes takes a lot of time and effort. Consider the service of an expert agency to get the job of spider removal done right.
I'm Ann Katelyn, Creator and Chief Author of Sumo Gardener. Since I was a child I've always been fascinated with plants and gardens, and as an adult this has developed into my most loved hobby. I have dedicated most of my life to gardening and started Sumo Gardener as a way to express my knowledge about gardening with the hope of helping other people's gardens thrive.