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E. Ray    Posted 03-26-2003 at 05:28:24       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Have a two car attached garage and like to leave the door open durning the day in the summer. Problem, how do I keep spiders out? Have been told that they come because of the flying insects and have to get rid of them first. Would appreciate some helpful answers....thanks.......E. Ray

DHunter n NOLa    Posted 03-26-2003 at 16:44:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well, I'm fixing to go out on a limb here and I fully expect someone to chop is off. But here goes anyway...Folks around here (New Orleans) say that if you paint the ceiling of a porch, room or whatever sky blue the spiders and other insects wont bother with it. I haven't tried it but if you're ever in town here keep a look-out at the porch ceilings and you'll find that a good percentage of them are painted sky blue.

MikeC    Posted 03-26-2003 at 11:27:13       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hedgeapples will help keep out insects that the spiders feed on. I have several scattered throughout by garage, shop and basement-no insect or spider problems.

Take a look at theHedgeapple site for more information.

WallSal55 - What about those Cobwebs ?    Posted 03-26-2003 at 11:01:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
They are so ugly, I like to send my daughter around with a broom (I hate to do it as you can
tell). Seems like the webs just collect more

DeadCarp    Posted 03-26-2003 at 06:53:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yep, spiders are after food and are smart enough to follow it. So it's easiest to keep from attracting the insects they eat. There aren't always simple cures, but you can keep from attracting some of them. If you live near water, you'll get lotsa insects and lotsa spiders. But even there, you can get rid of STANDING water (old tires and such) that gives insect larvae a place to hatch. Flies don't particularly like urine but they need the moisture in it so they follow the odor. And be careful what color you paint your place. Try not to have yellow things around cuz that's the most common flower color. I've seen spider problems disappear when people got a new car. Well of course, the new one's not a flower color. :)

WallSal55 - Color of House and Flies?    Posted 03-26-2003 at 11:06:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
We put white vinyl siding on 5 years ago. The
carpenter recommended we didn't because he thought
that was flies favorite color house. Well, for
some reason the siding really got speckled last
summer, and the white wicker furniture, the white
trim on the windows (On inside sunroom) and on
our white woodwork and ceilings are speckled.
Didn't know they would choose white!
But I am very sentimental about living in a
White house, so I guess I will have to endure.
Unless it just shows up on white more?

WallSal55    Posted 03-26-2003 at 10:58:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
I buy a nonaerosol spray in big jugs Spectracide
or equivalent at Wal-Mart. ($7. cost) Spray around all entrances, and bottom of doors. (Ortho sprays never worked for me). It works on ants, and just about any other crawly critter.
I don't go after the Garden Spiders though--they
stay in the tall grasses and do their job, they
tend to wander away from sprayed areas like they
sense it near the house.

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