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« on: July 03, 2010 01:55:58 PM »

So we just rented this really nice, older house. With a great yard, the whole back yard is garden space no grass. However the previous renter let it go wild, it is the most over grown yard I have ever seen lol. My problem is, the spiders LOVE LOVE LOVE it. literally in the front yard I have seen at least 100 spiders in various stages. Most appear to be daddy long legs, the back yard has it's far share that I have come across but  we haven't really gone crazy getting the back yard in order yet. I have seen some nasty looking spiders and have no idea what kind they are. I know some spiders are good for your garden and I'm not looking to kill them all, but rather get them under control. Sorry for the long winded explanation. So my question is, does anyone know of any kind of predatory bug or something that I can release in my yard to help get the spiders in balance before I start having nightmares lol. I know clearing it out will probably help a bunch but in the mean time I hate spiders am scared to death of them, so it is making it hard to get out there and do the work I want to do lol.

I would really like to stay away from spraying any chemicals of any kind, I'm just not that type of person I guess lol. And I don't want to deal with trying not to contaminate all the fruits and veggies I have started putting in the ground lol.

Any advice or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I'm not getting too far with the google search lol.

Thanks in advance!!
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« Reply #1 on: August 19, 2010 07:12:03 PM »

well, my chickens have more than decimated my spider population since last year.  In the backyard anyway.  The front yard still has dozens of spiders per square foot.  So I know it's not just the weather or something other than the chickens.

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« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2013 06:25:12 PM »

If I remember correctly there is a pin on pinterest linking to a website with non abrasive ways to repel insects
such as spiders.  I think it mentioned using peppermint oil in a diluted spray on the outsides of windows, and doors.
I guess you could call it chemical, but it is safe, and I'm guessing it wouldn't hurt any sort of plants it comes in touch

Here is a link to a blog, not the one I first came upon, but it gives instructions.


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« Reply #3 on: April 21, 2013 05:54:15 PM »

Spiders don't like water, once you get the jungle tamed and sprinklers set up the "balance" you are looking for will happen naturally.  If they need to be reduced in numbers in order for you to get out there taming the jungle I suggest a good watering before you go out
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« Reply #4 on: May 09, 2013 08:44:51 AM »

Is there another bug that the spiders are coming for? That might be something to look at too. Get rid of their food source.

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« Reply #5 on: May 16, 2013 12:24:29 PM »

I agree, once you get the grass cut and make less hideouts for them, they will find other places to hang out.  I've also heard that you can just ask them to leave and they will.... it's worth a shot!   

Hedgeballs work wonders, but they are not available year round.  I think in the fall you should be able to find them in your grocery store, probably by the root vegetables. They are wrinkly green things, hard and about the size of a big orange.  Spiders dont like the smell and will leave.  The hedgeballs shrink up as they age and don't really rot or anything.  I cut some in half and tossed them in my shed that was crawling with spiders, and I haven't seen any in there since (this was like 5 years ago!)

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« Reply #6 on: May 16, 2013 01:02:22 PM »

It's going to sound like it's worse than the initial problem, but....wasps. Wasps are great for spider control. Where I live, we have many types of 'em, and some can (and do!) sting, but what we've found is if we don't destroy the wasp nests that are further out from our house (in the trees, out by the greenhouse, etc.), our spiders stay under control, for the most part. We do trash any nests on or very close to the house- we've got kids, and I'm allergic to stings- but we allow some to survive. For the most part, they don't bother us, but we do see them actively hunting spiders, all the time. The one exception to the rule is those big black and white hornets- we kill those, period, because they're flesh-eaters- they'll attack a person or pet before they'll do anything about the arachnids. But the yellowjackets and the little brachonids do a great job of controlling all kinds of pests. (Also, if you put out scraps of colored paper for the yellow jackets, they make amazing multi-colored nests out of the material!)

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« Reply #7 on: May 21, 2013 11:24:25 AM »

Well now I feel justified in not tearing down the nests in my yard, I've always got a couple!

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« Reply #8 on: May 21, 2013 01:38:20 PM »

I was about to suggest a hedgeball or 2 as well! Try a farmers market if your grocery store or coop doesn't have them. They are a fall season thing, though.
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« Reply #9 on: December 01, 2013 05:00:32 PM »

Praying mantids eat everything. Also, mascovy ducks and guinea fowl are good for reducing insect populations.

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