Are you the type of person who leaves spiders webs alone?

@thea09 (18316)
Greece
June 29, 2009 8:07am CST
Are you the type of person who leaves the spiders webs alone or do you need to clean them straight away? I ask as because at this time of year there are many small flying insects and mosquitos which manage to fly in towards the light even though the mosquito blinds are down and I find it very useful to leave the webs around to catch them in and feel like praising my tame thin legged spiders the next morning when I see what a good job they have done. Any thoughts?
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@unwanted (76)
• Philippines
29 Jun 09
As for me, I am the type that leaves the spider webs alone. It doesn't bother me so I just leave it. Why bother doing something to things that doesn't bother you, right?:)
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@thea09 (18316)
• Greece
29 Jun 09
Glad to hear someone else agrees with me. I have a clean obsessed neighbour who has a cleaner in before she comes to her house and every last trace of web has to be removed, bet she's far more bothered by mosquitos indoors than I am.
• Philippines
29 Jun 09
Hehe. I think we are rare in this world.:) Well I guess there are just people who just wants to be tidy. I don't think mosquitoes will bug them cause mosquitoes are born if you don't have a clean environment.:)
@thea09 (18316)
• Greece
29 Jun 09
Well it's pretty clean except for the webs but the flying things definitely get in from the outside once it goes dark, they are attracted to the light and are rampant in the whole area at this time of year because of the heat, think they hibernate in winter. I'm pretty sure the ultra clean neighbour has them in as well.
@wolfie34 (26791)
• United Kingdom
18 Jul 09
Our spiders must be fussy eaters because they certainly don't catch the damn mosquitoes that keep bugging poor wolfie and for some reason mosquitoes seem to go for me and the bites they leave are so damn itchy! It's only right isn't it to let spiders continue to take residence in your home to pay rent, and rent means eating the nasty bugs that come in! I am quite prejudice actually because I will NOT kill a spider but if anything else comes into the home I will kill it without question. Oh and bees are also exempt too, shame I can't train them to eat mosquitoes, cos the spiders don't want to know!
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@thea09 (18316)
• Greece
18 Jul 09
Well all I can say Wolfie is you must have the wrong kind of spiders. Actually I would never have given house room to a spider when I lived in England but didn't have a mosquito problem there, thought it was just midges. Never saw my kind of spider there either. Mine are doing fine by the way, slowly moving around to escape the heat. For your bites try anti- histamine tablets or gel, benidryl is the best gel to take the itch off, and whatever you do don't scratch them.
• Singapore
29 Jun 09
i will ask my husband to clean the spider web away immediately when i realise there is a spider web in my house , if he is not at home , i will wait for him to come back to clean ,i really cannot stand spiders and insects inside my house and i was very afraid of cockroaches and lizards
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@thea09 (18316)
• Greece
29 Jun 09
I suppose it's a matter of which is the worst to you, mosquitos and flying ants are a hideous nuisance and the latter seem to fly in en masse so to me the webs are preferable. The lizards stay outside the house where they don't bother me but if I ever saw a cockroach think I would have to leave the house, that would be one nightmare too many. I've found I've had to become less squeamish since becoming a mum as someone has to deal with these nasties.
@Tiamjr (435)
18 Jul 09
Yes, I appreciate the hard work spiders do in the summer, so I tend to leave webs alone. I was taught as a child that it was bad luck to kill a spider, so I don't mind them at all. I have a cat that likes to catch spiders and kill them so I am having to put those I find running on the floor either outside or in a room where my cat doesn't go. Spiders are very useful to have around the house, especially when you get a pesky fly trapped in your house.
@thea09 (18316)
• Greece
18 Jul 09
Ahh Tiamjr, someone of a similar mind to myself, they do work hard though don't they and should be appreciated. If a guest didn't respect my spiders they can leave. My spiders tend to hover up near the ceiling so your cat wouldn't be able to reach them.
@Tiamjr (435)
19 Jul 09
Yes most of the time the spiders are up in webs too high for my cat to reach. But I also have a few hunting spiders that run around. These are more active and run about the house looking for other bugs to eat. If my cat sees one of these he goes crazy running round after it. Sometimes they get away through gaps in the skirting boards, or by running up walls or under funiture, but sometimes they aren't so lucky. Yes I know lots of people who think I'm strange keeping webs in my home. Most of these people are scared of spiders and jump when they see one. But I try to tell them they have a useful function and won't hurt them. It isn't like my house is cluttered with webs. Spiders here are very territorial and will usually start to kill each other if they become over populated.
@thea09 (18316)
• Greece
20 Jul 09
Hi Tiamjr, never heard of hunting spiders. If I actually had something running around the house think I'd have to put it outside, I'm a bit squeamish about things moving fast. My variety are very docile. I am glad to hear though that I am not alone now in what I thought was my rather odd behaviour in leaving the webs alone, they are especially effective in catching the small flying ants which enter in great quantities when in the mood.
@Sandra1952 (6052)
• Spain
26 Aug 09
Good evening, Thea. Up to now, a spider has never destroyed my house, so I tend to repay the compliment! Spiders do a lot more good than harm, and I'm happy to co-exist in peace with them. I;m not to keen on other flying and scurrying things, but spiders are okay.
@stvasile (7316)
• Romania
26 Aug 09
I consider spiders to be very useful, as they keep away flies and mosquitoes, just like you mentioned. That's why I only destroy the webs inside the house, hanging by the ceiling near the corners. I also choose not to kill spiders even when I see them walking on the walls or the ceiling. I only kill them if they are extremely large (larger than 4 cm in diameter). I don't move a finger when my terrified sisters ask me to kill the so frightening spiders . I never got bitten by a spider so I have nothing against them, even if they are somewhat connected to evil forces (ignore that last line, I've been reading some Tolkien lately and there are some nasty spider creatures around there )
@thea09 (18316)
• Greece
26 Aug 09
Hi stvasile, that's a bit mean to your sisters, most girls are frightened of spiders and I used to be too and wouldn't have dreamt a few years back of sharing my home with one. The least you could do for your sisters is remove the spiders to outside the house, what a heartless brother you are. They are as you say though, very useful creatures, and they've certainly had a good diet of mosquitoes this year, which otherwise would have been busy sucking my blood (Transylvanian slip there.)
• United States
20 Jul 09
No I leave the spider webs alone.
@thea09 (18316)
• Greece
20 Jul 09
Bravo!
@busky5 (3165)
• Thailand
19 Jul 09
I will like to get rid of all insects in my house.I hate especially cockroaches, mosquitoes and lizards.I will always leave spider web if i can see them too.I feel scary spider and cockroaches the most.
@thea09 (18316)
• Greece
19 Jul 09
Thank goodness I have never had a cockroache, I have never seen anything so disgusting. The lizards don't come into the house and I don't mind to see them scuttering around outside. There is only one variety of spider I allow to remain in the house and they are very welcome guests as they really do do their job amazingly well.
• United States
18 Jul 09
It's a shame that people are so quick to get rid of spiders. They really are of great use as you have shared! I don't bother them too much as long as I can leave them be. Occasionally they get in the wrong place and have to come down, or I accidently run into one! But I'm with you on this one!
@thea09 (18316)
• Greece
18 Jul 09
Hello macdingolinger, wow, another agreement. I thought from the first responses that I'd given the impression I must have a filthy house with ancient webs trawling everywhere. Maybe it's a case of having a bit of respect for the food chain.
@SusanLee (1920)
• United States
3 Jul 09
It depends where the web is. If it's outside I usually leave it alone. Inside, I'll knock it down....eventually. I really hate when they get all over the window screens.
@thea09 (18316)
• Greece
4 Jul 09
I just knocked a couple down outside whilst valiantly removing a builder bees nest from between a window and a shutter. Compared to the nest the webs were totally nothing.
@megaalgos (193)
• United States
29 Jun 09
I really don't like spiders at all, so i take the webs down, plus I have company over a lot of times and they aren't the best ways to please a guest. I agree that they do kill most flying bugs that land on them. I just don't want them in my house.
@thea09 (18316)
• Greece
29 Jun 09
Well there are spiders and spiders and we seem to get many varieties out here and only one kind are welcome, the green ones I think bite and anything with big hairy legs get shown the door immediately, the ones I allow to stay have a very pleasant disposition and really don't move away from their chosen places but do a great job, each morning I remove some of the web furthest away from the spiders but leave the bit around them. I'd really rather have them than the flying things which can appear in 100's.
@voldrox (7200)
• India
29 Jun 09
hi wow that's interesting, it might work for you but you see you can't do that in the drawing room and dining rooms where guests often come.
@thea09 (18316)
• Greece
29 Jun 09
Hi Voldrox, you might be tempted if you had as many flying things as we do! My thin legged spiders make very fine webs often in a thin line down the corners of the wall, they don't look dirty. At this time of year guests are mainly happy to sit outside but I wouldn't move the webs for them, it would be taking my little pet spiders meals away from them.