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post #1 of 21 Old 07-31-2009, 12:51 PM Thread Starter
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Getting rid of Spiders?

I kinda new to owning a horse and having a barn to keep clean! I was just wondering how people with their own barns get rid of all the spiders and keep them gone?

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post #2 of 21 Old 07-31-2009, 12:53 PM
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Just keep knocking down the spider webs! That's what we do!

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post #3 of 21 Old 07-31-2009, 12:59 PM
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Where there's horses there's flies. Where there's flies there's spiders.

You can knock down the webs, but they will just keep coming back. And be glad! They do help with flies
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post #4 of 21 Old 07-31-2009, 03:56 PM
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If you want the spiders gone you have to target their prey, flies, mosquitoes, that type of thing. Also you have to remember that spiders help remove bugs that bother horses and generally don't bother horses themselves also they're totally free and natural pest control you only have to put up with a few webs here and there.

Spiders will generaly try to keep their webs as clean and secritive as possible so prey won't see what's coming. So, if the webs are messy and collecting dust, the spider is no longer using it and it can be taken down without issue.
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post #5 of 21 Old 07-31-2009, 06:01 PM
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Uhggggh! I hate spiders (major shivers). I usually combat them with a combination of a broom, my dad's Shop-Vac, and some creative "singing" and "dance steps."

Sometimes it's a losing battle, the webs are back the next morning. Shoot, I just vaccumed my own room yesterday afternoon, and by evening, there was a giant daddy-long-legs-type bugger hanging in the corner that I'd just swept.

I've heard the plug-in repellers for mice also work some on spiders, but I don't know if they bother horses, I've never tried them.

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post #7 of 21 Old 07-31-2009, 07:03 PM
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I actually like having them about the barn as they eat flies. I don't let them get out of control, though, and will remove any webs in areas I don't want them or if they start getting over populated.
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When I worked at the Eventing/Fox Hunting barn where there were 30+ horses, I was instructed to ensure that the spiders are not disturbed. Reason being, is that they get rid of the flies and the Mosquito's.

Yes, you have to knock down their webs when the webs are going across the front of the horses stall, or across the bulletin board or places where you don't want guests, boarders and clients to see or walk into - but the spiders learn that if they spin their webs in the rafters, they wont be disturbed by me and my broom.

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post #9 of 21 Old 07-31-2009, 07:14 PM
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I love spiders, toads, bats, anything that eats flies Especially love brown fluffy Spyders
The ones you have to watch for are the spiders that are low to the ground and hide in things. Brown recluse are abundant here I kill them when I see them.
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post #10 of 21 Old 07-31-2009, 07:22 PM
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I love spiders, toads, bats, anything that eats flies Especially love brown fluffy Spyders
The ones you have to watch for are the spiders that are low to the ground and hide in things. Brown recluse are abundant here I kill them when I see them.
Brown recluse-
I love bats - we have several who come out every evening to eat the bugs at our pond. I give them (and the birds nesting in the cattails) total credit for us not having a mosquito problem even with this giant mosquito breeding haven in our yard. The bats are fun to watch.
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