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The Real Reason for Your House’s Cobwebs

I, Mark Roemer, know that your house is not full of Halloween decorations year-round.

Although they may have a certain beauty about them at this time of year, there’s nothing more bothersome and simply nasty than finding cobwebs under your chairs, hanging from your rafters, or in the high chandelier of your living room when you come home from work or school.

You put in a lot of effort to keep your home clean, and it’s quite inconvenient to discover that you’ve missed a spot while also finding out that a whole area of your home looks like a cheap haunted house. There’s a legitimate reason for the cobwebs that have appeared in your home, even if it seems as though they appeared out of nowhere.

What exactly are cobwebs?

If you want to simplify things, think of them as spiderwebs.

Spiders use their webs to catch prey to survive. They discharge a thin, translucent thread known as silk, which they utilize to weave elaborate designs to capture and hold smaller insects in their web. The spiders that you may find in your home weave circular webs and anchor to corners or light fixtures. Other species of spiders will construct webs in the shape of tubes at the base of trees. However, while each kind of spider uniquely employs its web, the ultimate goal is to catch a meal without traveling a long distance.

Or, in the case of Spider-Man, to apprehend bank robbers, wicked scientists, and other such criminals.

Cobwebs vs. spiderwebs: which is more common?

Previously, I explained that cobwebs and spiderwebs are essentially the same things. Cobwebs are nothing more than a spiderweb that has been abandoned by the spider who built it. Cobwebs can appear in your home for various reasons, depending on whether or not you have a pest problem.

Insects will come into your home in search of a meal. Spiders enter your home in search of insects, which serve as sustenance for them. Alternatively, if there has been a lot of rain recently, the insects out during the day will be swept away by the rain.

There are more than a couple of reasons why a spider might decide to leave its web behind. Other insects may become aware of the web and cease to move in that direction as frequently as before. Other times, the web loses its ability to hold said meal. A substance produced by the spider is contained within its silk, giving the spider’s web a sticky, tacky feel comparable to that of adhesive. When that component begins to degrade, the web retains its structural integrity but becomes less effective in catching prey.

When this occurs, spiders are forced to seek alternative sources of nutrition. In addition, spiders will have a plethora of options when it comes to where they can hide. As they are commonly referred to, Cobweb spiders are the most frequent arthropod seen in residential settings. There is a good chance that you have at least a number of them in your home at the moment.

How to remove cobwebs from your home

When a spider abandons its web, the only thing it collects is dust, which is then discarded. In addition, because a cobweb is simply a spiderweb that a spider has abandoned, the answer to removing them is pretty much identical to the way to eliminating any other creepy-crawly critters from the premises: with an extension duster or even just a long stick. Either one of those will suffice for the task at hand.

Consider cleaning your house thoroughly on a drizzly Sunday afternoon. You can get rid of all of the bugs inside your home while the rain takes care of the pests that are waiting until after dark to get inside your home. Whenever you clean, make sure to get all of those hard-to-reach corners and crevices in the top and lower corners of your home, as well as under the legs of tables and chairs.

Yes, this also entails getting the space beneath the sofa. Almost any spot you don’t check or access frequently is a perfect location for a spider to construct its web. To maintain your home clear of cobwebs, there are a few things you should consider doing.

Maintain a regular cleaning schedule

Cleaning your space on a monthly or biweekly basis will help maintain your home clear of spiderwebs and the bugs that spiderwebs attract and feed on.

Peppermint essential oil can be used

To give yourself an extra layer of protection, spray some peppermint essential oil in every room of your house. Spiders have decided that the powerful aroma is too overbearing for them, relocating to a different area.

Don’t simply consider inside the house

Walking around your house now and again and looking for spiderwebs under eaves and overhangs is a good idea. Search the area surrounding the base of pillars or light fixtures for hidden treasure. Because, even though they are currently outdoors, it will not be difficult for them to find their way back inside.

There are too many cobwebs

Despite their small size, spider webs are an essential component of the food chain. They can be instrumental in catching all of the tiny bugs and flies that can drive you insane. Still, an excessive amount of spider webs or cobwebs in your home could indicate the presence of a more extensive insect infestation. And that does not imply that your cleanliness or how frequently you clean have been called into question.

Weather changes will provide opportunities for all kinds of creatures to sneak into homes, especially during the warmer months. When this occurs, speak with your landlord or the building management office and ask whether an exterminator may be dispatched to your residence.

If you have a pet like me, Mark Roemer, make sure to request that they use insecticides and sprays that are safe for your pet. To save time and money, you can also acquire the necessary supplies online. That way, you can leave the spider webs where they belong – in horror movies and the eerie old mansion at the end of the block, where they belong.