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Farmchic 08-13-2013 08:53 AM

how do you control cobwebs in your barn?
 
The cobwebs are driving me crazy!!! I don't have time to dust my barn daily. I'm not kidding in a day they are back and in a week it looks like I've never cleaned them off. I never see the spider that make them so am assuming they are small.

I guess I should treat for spiders but how and how often?

Any advice would be appreciated.

SlideStop 08-13-2013 09:03 AM

Not sure how to get rid of the spiders, but you can get rid of the webs quickly with a leaf blower!
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Farmchic 08-13-2013 09:11 AM

I do love my leaf blower but mine is electric and not powerful enough to get the real hairy ones up high. My husbands probably would be but it's so hard to start I'm worn out before I get started. Maybe time to invest in a new one for me :D I do love how clean my little one gets the barn aisle and stall fronts and would use it every day if I had time.

tlkng1 08-13-2013 09:28 AM

In our case when the horse lifts their head too high they take out the webs :)..really though..a barn is an outside environment..you are going to get spiders and webs and mice. Leaf blowers and brooms are about your best bet but you are never going to get rid of the "spinners" that are so diligent.

Farmchic 08-13-2013 09:30 AM

Let me add another question then, If you go into a barn and there's cobwebs all in the stalls are you put off by this? Or do you think it's just normal?

Thanks for the input!! :-)

tlkng1 08-13-2013 09:37 AM

I am not put off by it unless I am seeing piles of webs and really BIG spiders (hate the things). The barn I have been with for nearly 11 yrs now does do a quick dust about every three months or so but in general we have the assorted webs, bird's nests (two birds keep making a nest between the screen and wall in my horse's stall..skinniest nest you have ever seen but they keep building no matter how often I dismantle the thing and fish it out).

Again, to me a barn is a barn. Sure, some places prefer the proverbial show palace and don't get me wrong I would love to board at a place like that but for the most part people are going to give as long as the place isn't falling down around their ears, has light and doesn't make your eyes water as soon as you walk through the door due to careless, lack of, or barely any, stall cleaning.

Farmchic 08-13-2013 09:40 AM

I better add for those that don't know that my barn/arena is attached to my house. Actually I live in the barn and my family lives in the house. Just kidding! Although it does seem that way some days.

dommycob 08-13-2013 10:45 AM

I think vinager repels spiders and you could try putting vinilla essense in a spray bottle and putting up on the barn cellings?
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xlionesss 08-13-2013 10:52 AM

Like someone else said, barns are barns.
I'm not put off unless it looks like the whole barn hasn't been touched in 15 years!

Iseul 08-13-2013 10:54 AM

My BO dusts the ceilings/corners with a broom about once a month if there's boarders (she closed, but I'm boarding there now as a favour).
She has a 12-14 stall barn. The stalls that aren't being used don't get dusted until they're about to be used, either for hay or a horse.
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