Sweetheart Al and I have been gone for a few days. And upon returning home, I’ve found Daddy Long-Legs house spiders everywhere.
I mean, they’re in the corners of the windows and doorways. They’re in the corners of rooms. In our bathroom. Above the kitchen sink. They’re behind the bookcases
What’s with all these spiders? I looked on the Internet, and I believe the spider I’m referring to is officially called Pholcus Phalangiodes. Big, fancy name, but it doesn’t help me feel any better about the arachnid.
I’m not a fan of spiders. Although I realize they play an important role in the scheme of things, they creep me out.
Daddy Long-Legs are something of an exception. I’ve always found them, well, OK. They’re fragile looking. They seem well behaved, somewhat sophisticated. They don’t bark or hiss or spit. They don’t bite. I understand they’re harmless to humans.
But they’re spiders and I don’t really want them taking over the house.
I did a little research to see why, with the entire world full of insects and bugs outside, these spiders would insist on living here inside our house with us.
The various Internet sites said they want to live inside because there are insects and bugs there, and the best way to get rid of the spiders is to get rid of the insects and bugs they have a hankering for.
But, believe me, we don’t have many bugs or insects inside. I can’t stand insects in the house. There’s an entire world outside for them – filled with grass and leaves and sky and dirt and other insects – and there’s no reason for them to invade the small place we call home.
Flies or mosquitoes do not survive inside our house. So why the spiders?
The photo posted here is of the window in our upstairs office/library. I’m wondering if these two are carrying on a romance. They were oblivious to my writing at the computer (right beside the window where they hung out together all day).
I read that if I put eucalyptus leaves (or eucalyptus oil on cotton), it will chase the spiders out. I’m going to try that.
In the meantime, I continue brushing down all the webs I find, hoping that will encourage them to head outside where there are a lot more bugs and insects to feast on. Outside, in the great big wild world where I believe they belong.
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