If you want to live and thrive, let the spider run alive. ~American Quaker Saying
This summer was a doozy. I felt I was back living in Florida with the high temps, humidity, and bugs! Not only was the fly population overwhelming but I also noticed that there were spider webs everywhere. I wondered if this meant anything for the coming winter. Here is what I found out:
From the Farmers Almanac
Q. We are noticing trees that are incased in cobwebs. Does this have a significant meaning?
A. Spiders can be predictors of winter weather. Spiders spinning larger than usual cobwebs and/ or entering the house in great numbers may mean a rough winter ahead. Time will tell.
Also, this is another interesting tidbit that I found relevant:
Michael Raupp, a professor with the University of Maryland Department of Entomology, has the answer.
“The weather has been unusually warm this year. The warmer temperatures have allowed flying insects to produce more generations,” Raupp said.
Spiders feed on flying insects like flies and mosquitoes. When the population of the insects increases, the spider population also increases.
Raupp said, “It’s been a spectacular year for multivoltine insects (producing many broods). When the temperatures are 70 degrees F, the time it takes a mosquito to develop from egg to adult is about two weeks. If the temperature is increased to 90 degrees F, the cycle will take only a week.”
For some strange reason, I have no fear of spiders. Sometimes I think that this is because I was in Florida in my “formative” years. We had a greater problem with snakes and scorpions, both of which I feared. Then there were the ubiquitous mosquitoes and flying roaches… ugh! Spiders just didn’t seem like much to worry about in the scheme of things.
I love to watch a spider weave its web.
As we all know, spiders are good for the garden as they will eat many, many bugs and so will eat the bad bugs. They do also eat the good ones like honeybees, butterflies, other spiders and praying manti but I think they do a really good job overall getting rid of the bad. Also, not that I am terribly willing to go this far, but some people like to leave them in the home for a natural pest control against other pesky insects like flies and mosquitoes. But I would imagine one would have to have a lot of those flying around to keep a spider’s voracious appetite filled. Based on research out of Europe, I read where it is estimated that all the spiders all over the world consume about 1 billion 870 million pounds of bugs daily.
Spiders eat mosquitoes, yellow jackets, ants, flies and aphids and are certainly safer than pesticides.
Do you consider spiders on your homestead “beneficial” or “bothersome?”