Spiders covering the lawn on Eastern Share

Asked May 8, 2018, 5:03 PM EDT

What would you recommend to control the spider population in our lawn. We have a toddler and a dog so that is also a consideration. Spring and fall seem the worst times, but patio furniture is always web coated a day after cleaning. Thanks

Somerset County Maryland

1 Response

Spiders in general are beneficial in that they help keep pest insects in check. They feed on gnats, mosquitoes, etc.

Outside remove any Trash, piles of lumber, weeds, leaves, flower pots, and any other objects piled or stacked next to the house provide areas where spiders can live undisturbed. No chemical control is recommended. Any broad spectrum insecticide will kill beneficial insects and spiders are hard to control with insecticides. All you can do is brush off the webbing.

Here is our website and publication on spiders http://extension.umd.edu/hgic/spiders