Have you noticed sheet-like spider webs in your landscapes that seem to pop up over night?
These spiders have been with us all season-long — its just now is the time of the year when their web creations are on full display, particularly after long periods with no heavy rain. The rain can wreck their webs and also wash away dust collected in the webs that makes them stand out against green foliage.
Two types of spiders are responsible for this type of webbing: funnel weavers and sheetweb weavers.
Funnel weavers look like small wolf spiders. They have excellent eye site and will scurry into their funnel if disturbed. They place their webs across grass, under rocks or boards or over the branches of shrubs such as yews and junipers.
Funnel webs may measure more than 1 foot across.
Sheetweb weavers construct several types of webs depending upon the spider species. Some species spin flat or slightly curved webs that overlay vegetation and rival the sizes of webs spun by funnel weavers. However, there is no funnel included in the web architecture.
The spiders hide beneath one edge of the web or inside plant foliage along the edge of the web to await their prey.
Although you might find spiders creepy, don’t kill them!
Spiders eat insects and research has consistently shown they remove a significant number of pests that we would have to deal with otherwise.
If the webs are bothering you, try continually removing them. Eventually the spiders will take the hint and relocate elsewhere.
Source: Buckeye Yard and Garden Online, Joe Boggs: https://bygl.osu.edu/index.php/node/1857
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