Living with Spiders

  • Living with Spiders shows some of the webs, spiders, and prey on our house.
  • No-See-Ums were fairly abundant this year and I noticed lots of them were caught by the spiders. 
  • I then wondered how useful or important spiders were in controlling and capturing the insects that feed on us, such as No-See-Ums, Black Flies and Mosquitoes. 
  • Most of their webs were associated with our windows. This makes sense since light from inside the house and general warmth probably attracts insects to the windows.
  • I know some people clean the outside of their homes and purposely try to get rid of the spiders and their webs. Interesting to speculate, as far as, spiders controlling certain insects is this a good idea. 
  • I don't think any specific studies of this possibility have been done. But one could look at a few papers that discuss spiders and their prey and whether or not they benefit agriculture. Here are a couple to get you started:
  • /sites/default/files/rsos.140131.pdf
  • /sites/default/files/rsos.160584.pdf
  • /sites/default/files/6c5472443f0237b1e26755e5716764c7b332.pdf
  • /sites/default/files/j.1570-7458.2000.00635.x.pdf