A well-kept flower bed is a sight for sore eyes. So naturally, it’s less than ideal when amongst our thoughtfully planted flowers, we spot a bunch of spiders crawling around.
It’s not that spiders are harmful. Well, most of them aren’t. Contrarily, spiders tend to be beneficial insects. Their meat-heavy diets mean that they devour a range of pests, saving our plants from being eaten.
Nevertheless, despite the advantages of a spider presence, for many, they’re just not welcome. They not only tarnish the flower bed’s aesthetic, but the rapid speed at which they reproduce means that if you let a couple slide, you also open yourself up to a full-blown future infestation, cobwebs and all.
Fortunately, it’s not all doom and gloom. Removing spiders from your flower bed is a surprisingly straightforward task. Read on to find out more!
So, how do you get rid of spiders in flower beds? From the strategic placement of scent deterrents to homemade and store-bought solutions and even water, there are several measures that you can take to remove spiders from your flower beds.
I’ve covered it all below and thrown in some preventative measures and key considerations to factor in along the way too. Happy learning!
Why Have I Got Spiders In My Flower Bed?
The presence of spiders in your flower bed could be due to the result of other pests being present, causing spiders to enter in pursuit of food. Otherwise, they could be present as a means of finding shelter.
The first potential reason is none other than food.
Spiders tend to prey on all sorts of common garden pests, so if said pests have made themselves at home in your flower bed, it’s likely that they’ve managed to lure the spiders their way too.
In addition to this, spiders favor sheltered environments, so if your garden is cluttered, particularly around the flower bed you’ve found them in, this could explain their presence.
The same is true if your garden is rife with nooks, crannies, and cracks – spiders are attracted to tiny spaces like these, and it’s only a matter of time before their attention is drawn to your happening flower bed too.
How To Effectively Remove Spiders From A Flower Bed
As mentioned above, most spiders are harmless and regarded as beneficial by the gardening community: grass spiders, jumping spiders, and parson spiders, to name a few.
However, whilst it’s rare, dangerous spiders most certainly do exist, and they may just bite.
Thus, before you endeavor to remove them, there’s no harm in covering them up in long sleeves and gardening gloves until you know exactly what you’re working with.
It’s no surprise that vinegar is the star of most homemade solutions.
It’s powerful, gets the job done, and you’ll be glad to know that it works on spiders too!
Simply dilute it with water in a bottle and spray it directly onto the spiders and the areas of the flower bed where you most often see them.
The method is simple enough to administer but be warned – the spiders will die within thirty minutes of contact with the solution.
Given their generally beneficial status, many gardeners prefer not to kill them.
Additionally, it’s worth noting that vinegar is nondiscriminatory in nature, so as well as terminating the spiders, it threatens to harm any surrounding plants that it comes into contact with too.
Consider Store Insecticides
If DIY isn’t your thing, you could always purchase a bottle of insecticide. This is the one to get from Amazon.
With a few well-placed sprays, the spiders will be gone before you know it.
However, insecticides tend to be chemically quite strong, so try to aim precisely for the spiders and avoid allowing them to come into contact with your flowers and plants as best you can.
Use Scent Deterrents
If you’d rather not spray and kill the spiders, you might want to look into scent deterrents.
That is, to place scents that the spiders dislike in the vicinity of your flower bed to repel them from the area.
They particularly dislike the smell of cinnamon, tea tree, and peppermint. Place these nearby, and they’ll be gone in no time.
It’s a simple but effective and ecological approach. You can’t lose!
Alternatively, you could go back to basics and pick up your hose pipe.
By watering down your flower bed, you’ll effectively knock the spiders off your flowers and out of their inconspicuous hiding places.
Not only will you eliminate the spiders, but your flower bed may also just thrive from the extra watering!
How Long Does It Take To Remove Spiders from a Flower Bed?
The time taken to remove spiders from a flower bed really depends on the volume you’re dealing with. If the infestation is heavy, it could take a few weeks before they’ve all been terminated or, at the very least, repelled. Alternatively, if there are only a few of them, you could get rid of them in a matter of ten minutes.
Evaluate the area prior to taking action so you know exactly what you’re working with and can mentally prepare.
Things To Consider When Removing Spiders From A Flower Bed
Prevention Trumps Cure
If you’re dealing with a significant volume of spiders in your flower bed, it’s worth investigating why they’re there in the first place.
It could be that your garden needs a good spring clean, or perhaps your flower bed is full of pests.
Either way, there exists a clear call for action – clear out your garden, or work on pest removal.
There are plenty of pests that are detrimental to plant life.
Aim to get to them before they cause some real damage.
Your focus on the spiders ought to be secondary.
Spiders reproduce extremely quickly.
Save yourself the hassle of dealing with a seemingly unmanageable abundance of them by working on their removal as soon as you spot them.
With their beneficial properties in mind, it’s worth reevaluating if you truly want to remove the spiders.
If they’re not a dangerous breed, which is probably the case, and they’re not around in huge numbers, it’s likely that they’re doing more good than harm.
Keeping them around could be advantageous for your garden on the whole.
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