Garden spiders can be intimidating, and their webs can be all over a property, but they all start out in tiny egg sacs made out of spider silk. These sacs can contain as many as several hundreds of eggs, and they are somewhat spherical, with one end narrower than the other. The silk used for egg sacs is different from the silk used for webs. It is brown-colored and it is strong enough to withstand attacks from predators and heavy winds.
From these egg sacs, tiny spiders, known as spiderlings will hatch. Spiderlings are pretty much the same as adult spiders, in the sense that they do not go through metamorphosis – they simply need to grow.
The egg sac will be placed on an existing web, and the spiderlings will hatch and eat any prey that is caught in the web. This is necessary because from day one, the spiderlings are on their own, as female garden spiders die after laying their eggs. After having their first meals, most of the spiderlings disperse, with some of them sticking around their mother’s web to feed more until they can fend for themselves.
The spiderlings that left the main web are well served by environments that are filled with spiderwebs until they grow big enough to weave webs of their own, which is why garden spiders create such a mess during an infestation. It is a sort of communal way of rearing their young, with the webs of other spiders feeding all the spiderlings in the area.
Garden spiders are not dangerous to humans, but they are a nuisance because of the amount of spiderwebs that they will create in the garden, and if you want to remove a garden spider infestation you will need the help of a pro. A pest control pro will remove any spiders and webs that are out in the open, and then he will lay down residual insecticides and baits to remove any spiders lurking around. The insecticides and the baits will also serve as a prevention method in case any other garden spiders reach the area.
The life cycle of the garden spider is quite interesting, and it explains why it can be such a nuisance. If you have a garden spider infestation that has to be removed, contact us today and we will set an appointment as soon as possible.