I’m not arachnophobic, but I’m not exactly an arachnophile either. Our lovely Portland, Oregon backyard has transformed into a spidery wonderland during the past year. There are webs over everything, changing almost daily. There are webs in every shape and size. There’s spiders who don’t bother making webs and just run along… everything. It’s so bad that we can’t even use a clothesline without it getting spidered.
The 10-foot, square space is so well-shaded that we don’t even get grass growing back there. Birds don’t care for the area and I’ve tried putting up an insect/peanut butter/suet feeder — they continue not to care.
Spiders are awesome and super important for the environment, but we need our personal space! What can I do to de-spider the backyard, short of spraying with pesticides? –Lydia