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The Water Cooler – An Increase In Spiderwebs Around Your Home?


The “Water Cooler” is a feature on Claycord.com where we ask you a question or provide a topic, and you talk about it.

The “Water Cooler” will be up Monday-Friday at noon.

Today’s question:


QUESTION: A few of our wonderful commenters on Claycord have been discussing what seems to be an increase in spiderwebs, all over. Have you noticed more and more spiderwebs lately, and what’s your trick to get rid of them?

Talk about it….


S June 10, 2024 - 12:03 PM - 12:03 PM

I think I’ll just leave them; that way I’m already decorated for Halloween.

Roz June 10, 2024 - 1:10 PM - 1:10 PM

I don’t mind the spiders in my garden, but don’t like sharing the space with them inside my vehicles.
Thinking if bug bombing the inside of the cars, yuck! Try using a combo of tea tree oil, eucalyptus oil, and dawn dish soap with water in a spray bottle for outside mirrors, wheel wells and door jams on the vehicles.
Love the jumping spiders at my front door porch plants and all the new baby praying mantis.
When it gets too crazy, it’s time to shop vac the outside of the house from webs.
Really dislike insecticides, since the birds go after the dead bugs, … feed their babies.

The Professor June 10, 2024 - 1:24 PM - 1:24 PM

I use a device that I picked up at a hardware store for $15 or so. It’s kind of a big puffball on the end of a telescoping handle that knocks down/grabs the webs. When telescoped, it’s long enough for me to reach the bottom of the eaves on the upstairs roof.

Laura June 10, 2024 - 5:07 PM - 5:07 PM

Please be careful using tea tree oil around cats. I understand it is poisonous for them.

Ole Antioch Gal June 10, 2024 - 1:17 PM - 1:17 PM

Yes! And in the yard, under eaves, patio furniture etc. My Webster is not making a dent. I run around and they are back.

Dawg June 10, 2024 - 1:19 PM - 1:19 PM

Yep, they were all over my front deck, around the side of the house, and a few on the car. The webs on the side of the house and near my front door I leave alone, because they help keep flying insects out of the house, the rest of them get sprayed with bug spray. I’ll let the spray do its thing for a day or so, then I’ll clean up the webs, and they don’t come back.
On the car, I do the same thing, I’ll spray around and under the tail pipes, under the fenders, and in the crevices of the side view mirrors, wiping up any spray that may drip out. Then I open the hood, and give a good spray into the engine compartment, then shut the hood to keep the spray in. This seems to work pretty good, I did all this last week, and so far there aren’t any new webs. The problem with leaving spiders alone is they will reproduce, then you will have a lot of baby spiders to contend with, and from what I understand, one female can lay 100 eggs. Imagine if you have 100 females around your house, you can end up with 10,000 spiders, and if half of them are females, they each can lay 100 eggs and on and on and on.
Towards the end of spider season, I’ll clean up the abandoned webs. What I find annoying is when I walk into a web and feel it on my face and arms, but other than being a little unsightly, they don’t really bother me.

The Professor June 10, 2024 - 1:26 PM - 1:26 PM

The spiders are working overtime this year! My house looks like something out of a Munster scene. I
“de-spiderfy” the house every weekend and the little buggers are back by Monday.

this_that June 10, 2024 - 2:25 PM - 2:25 PM

I’ll let it be, for the sake of my pet pig at the barn.

Sancho Panza June 10, 2024 - 6:09 PM - 6:09 PM

Well, This_That–that’s “some pig!”

domo June 10, 2024 - 3:50 PM - 3:50 PM

No – not an issue here anyway…. never really a problem any year

MoJo June 10, 2024 - 4:13 PM - 4:13 PM

Complete Inundation at our house. I clean up with a webster and they are back the next day. The webs are catching all those white dandelion seeds and leaves. It’s definitely a battle this year. Haven’t seen any Mosquitos though, so maybe the spiders are doing their job.

Dr Jellyfinger June 10, 2024 - 4:19 PM - 4:19 PM

It isn’t just the Daddy Longlegs to blame…. we’re getting loads of angel hair too.

Bella June 10, 2024 - 5:07 PM - 5:07 PM

More. Does creep me out if I check cameras and it’s middle of the night and suddenly there’s this eight legged spider doing a trapeze performance on it’s string of silk. Whoa, what was that, as it appears suddenly enhanced size in the dead of night.

Bella June 10, 2024 - 5:29 PM - 5:29 PM

Company last report did report they had to use more to spray for spiders.

Anon June 10, 2024 - 6:17 PM - 6:17 PM

I’m leaving them alone for now! Something tells me we’re about to get hit hard with mosquitoes this year with all the rain we’ve had! The spiders are telling us!

Badge1104 June 10, 2024 - 6:20 PM - 6:20 PM

Yes! I have been noticing a lot more cobwebs both inside and out! I just take a broom or dust mop to collect them up and then shake it outside
( that’s probably why I have more outside now too )

Captain Bebops June 10, 2024 - 7:42 PM - 7:42 PM

When the night cools down spiders love to cozy up to infrared lights on my security cameras. They wind up filling the camera memory with a mess of them dancing around. This year they seem to be hip to the vaporub trick because it’s cool and that’s not what they are looking for. Also trying laundry softner sheets because of the fragrance. Didn’t work. Only think so far that did was find the little spider over a slot that was the culprit. Sprayed it and so far no more web dancing.

claude long June 10, 2024 - 9:22 PM - 9:22 PM

i understand malathion kills’ them if anyone’s interested

Itsme June 11, 2024 - 7:33 AM - 7:33 AM

Careful if you see the strong webs. Lots of black widows around now.

WC Resident June 11, 2024 - 9:30 AM - 9:30 AM

All the rain we had earlier in the year resulted by more than usual growth of plants and the resulting debris on the ground. That leads to an increase of the bugs, including spiders. The birds are feasting off the bugs with many of the ones in our yard doing two or even three rounds of fledglings. Two nights ago a raccoon blundered through the yard, knocking over more things than usual.

Original G June 11, 2024 - 11:25 AM - 11:25 AM

Not a problem at our place, kept in check by Blue Jays, Mom, Dad and a whole bunch of baby Quail and lizards.

Pugsly June 11, 2024 - 8:31 PM - 8:31 PM

Sancho Panza,

Good one! 👍

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