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Spider Webs surrounding Maryland homes?

spider web with dew

Posted October 22, 2013 by BOG Pest Control 

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times”

I suppose if it was good enough for Charles Dickens, it is good enough for this! The presence of spiders simply put means that there are insects near or in your house. The other day I came across the “mother of all webs” Right there in the wooded area there was a spider web that had captured over 20 common house flies, and many, many small flying bugs. Many of the critters were still alive and were attempting to get out of the web. All of us have walked into and through spider webs especially in the corners of doorways. The webs mean there are bugs to be caught and that somebody (nameless of course) has not brushed the webs away!

If you continue to get spider webs and do find a large number of insects captured maybe a call to professionals is appropriate. Many people, my spouse is one, have a strong aversion to spiders and often view all spiders as just plain evil. Yes, a spider bite can hurt and if there is an allergic reaction you need to know what to do. Most of the time however, spider bites can be controlled by the application of ice to the bite. If the bite site continues to swell and hurt then get to the emergency room, if you cannot get to the doctor’s office.

The only poisonous spiders in the mid- Atlantic are the black widow and the brown recluse. Very, very few brown recluse spiders have been found in our area. Now the poisonous one: the black widow. First, the black widow is not always black, sometimes they can be brown!! You will not find the black widow with a spider web, they tend to be difficult to find and often are under objects on the ground. If you do find the widow with the red underbelly: LEAVE IT ALONE, NEVER PICK IT UP!!

Best to crush the widow and clean up the area thoroughly. If you have a large area of black widows on your property it is best to call professionals to your home.

There are many excellent companies and Blades of Grass Pest Control is a good choice.