I don’t have anything against spiders—itsy bitsy or otherwise. In fact, I even tolerate a small population of them in the house, figuring they will eat the mosquitoes that might otherwise swoop down on us in the middle of the night. However, in the last few weeks the spider populations in the garden appears to have exploded. Mind you, I never actually see the spiders, but I see their webs everywhere!
The webs are fairly small, but there are hundreds, if not thousands, of them. Our wood fence appears to be a favorite surface, no doubt because it’s somewhat rough and makes adhesion easy.
These spiders clearly have a predilection for succulents. I bets it’s all the nooks and crannies. Take a look at this poor spiral aloe (Aloe polyphylla):
And these miniature aloes:
But even smooth-leaved succulents are fair game:
But succulents aren’t their only favorites. Our key lime is also a much visited destination:
Ordinarily I would just let these itsy bitsy spiders do their thing but we’ve reached the point where there are so many webs all over my plants that I can’t take it any more. I’ve started to remove the webs using brooms and brushes and wooden dowels but for every web I eliminate, another two pop up.
Is anybody else experiencing something similar? And does anybody have any tips on how to get rid of the spiders or at least reduce their numbers?