Tis the season for Arachnids

Yes, it’s that time of year again. I leave the house in the morning and as I walk down the front steps I’m trapped, wrapped up in the finest silk, mobbed by a gang of speckled monsters who to me are giants. They cross a metre of path to stretch their tightrope from plant to tree and back a dozen times and each morning I have to be the first to break through. I grab a section checking that the beast is as far away as possible, too close and they rebound back and in a blink they are up your arm. They clearly think I’m one of them because they head for my hair given half a chance. But how do they make those long ropes? If a spider is three inches wide – believe me these are – then to make a strand across my path they have to leap twelve times their own width, all the time spinning and  releasing the strand. Or, perhaps they dangle their way slowly to the ground, spinning on the way and when they reach land they run across it and climb back up the next bush or wall to the opposite side? I know, I know but have you got any better ideas? 

This one was between me and the raspberries, I swear its a conspiracy, someone is plotting to scare me away from my favourite fruit. I have to self administer CBT to pick them. 

and this one was settling in the Rosemary for the night. I know their plans, it can’t be much longer before they want to sleep in my room. They want a warm, dark corner to lurk in until spring and then they will lay their tiny eggs. They will wrap them in a cocoon of white  silk, go and die in one of my shoes, and then as soon as its warm enough outside, three million horrid albino spiderlings will emerge. I’ll spend winter in fear. You think I’m crazy, irrational? Well when I was young, I was bitten on the back of my neck by a big, black, hairy spider and ever since I can’t bear the little horrors. I’m not alone am I?

28 thoughts on “Tis the season for Arachnids

  1. You’re not alone at all! I was bitten on the stomach once by a teeny tiny spider, and I’ve rarely experienced so much pain. But what I really hate is the feel of walking through a web and trying to brush it off afterwards – any day now we’ll have little spiders spinning enormous webs the width of the porch so that you can’t go in or out the front door without walking through one. Ugh. How do they manage it??

  2. This is an araneus-one of my favorite orb weavers, quite common this time of year. A female, of course. She will usually run to the edge of her web and hide, so you did a great job of getting a photo of her!I have a new spider pic i hope to ID and put on my blog soon. beebeesworld

  3. What about keeping a broom handle — or a yardstick — just inside your door. As you go out, start swinging it up, down, left, and right, until you’ve torn up their webs. Keep swinging all the way down your steps if you have to. Any spiders that cling to the handle or yardstick, you can shake off onto the porch or walk and step on them of have something ready to smash them with. You’ll feel a little like a child wielding a sword in an imaginary battle, but it works. In case you haven’t figured it out, I’ve done this sort of thing a few times. Then if you could just find some good bug spray that is for spiders, you could spray down the front of your house. It should kill the ones that are there, and would probably go a long way to discouraging the rest of them from hanging around there as much. I don’t have anything against spiders as long as they leave me alone. But when they are in my territory — blocking my path — and crawling on my body — they are dead meat!

  4. I don’t like spiders at all. This probably comes from my mother; she broke a brand new broom trying to kill a spider only to get scolded by her mom for breaking the broom, the spider got away.
    They have already started coming in to the house here in Indiana and I want to hide to get away from them. Great post and photos. Love it! 🙂

  5. Scary little fellows but a needed part of nature… does that mean we have to like them..?? don’t think so… but they do have a beauty about them if one can overcome that fear to capture them with the camera…

  6. I have noticed the increase in spider activity. At the lake this weekend I was amazed that a spider had spun one long, long line of web from a hemlock bough to the edge of the deck … 3 feet perhaps?!

  7. Three inches??? I would run a mile! We have a lot of the tiny ones that aren’t so scary. Had never really thought of how they spin their webs though! Perhaps they swing from a single strand spiderman style? 😀

  8. At last Gill, I’ve found your Garden Spiders 🙂 The photos are excellent, but your wee beasts are rather under nourished, maybe they need to pay a visit indoors! LOL!!! Don’t worry, Garden Spiders are called that for a reason, they don’t like it inside, so you are totally safe 🙂

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