Spider Web Identification and Removal

Why Do Spiders Spin Webs?

Food
Although different species of spiders spin various types of webs, they all share the same general purpose of food acquisition.

Spiders feed on whatever becomes entangled in their sticky threads, be it insects, small arthropods, fish, or even other spiders.

How Do Spiders Make Their Web?
They weave their webs using silk stored in glands on their abdomens known as spinnerets. Spiders will also spin webs to protect egg sacs, preserve captured food, and to keep themselves safe from falling.

Types of Spider Webs

Spider webs are as unique as the spiders that inhabit them. Construction ranges from the common concentric circle pattern to webs that resemble funnels.

  • Orb WeaversOrb weavers are a family of spiders that build spiral-shaped webs. These constructions are delicate and require daily repairs.
  • Funnel SpidersFunnel spiders, as their name suggests, build webs with one large opening that taper to a point and look like funnels. They are usually nestled in grass so that insects and other prey will wander inside, where they become trapped and are eaten.
  • Cellar SpidersCellar spiders are common inside homes and build haphazard webs that resemble cobwebs. Instead of repairing their webs when damaged, these spiders actually expand on their webbing and cover entire areas of cellars, basements, and crawlspaces in a network of spider silk.

How to Get Rid of Spider Webs

Vacuum
The most common way to remove excessive spider webbing from homes is to use a broom or vacuum to sweep away both the webs and invading spiders. Using a vacuum ensures that potential food and unhatched egg sacs are also eliminated.

Sanitation
Practicing good sanitation is a way to reduce the possibility of attracting spiders inside but is hardly foolproof.

Seek the Experts
For large spider infestations, contact a pest removal specialist.

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