Recently, my husband, Ron, freaked me out about seeing a number of spider webs in one tree, during one of his walking adventures. Of course, he just had to show me.
I HATE SPIDERS! I had a tarantula crawl up my leg when I was about seven years old and since then, I don’t want to be anywhere near spiders, no matter how small!!!
Reluctantly, I agreed to go see them. As I approached the tree, which had a number of branches covered with these webs, I began looking around making sure one wasn’t near me. Hey, I had no intention of having any personal contact with a tree spider.
But, as it turned out, those webs didn’t have spiders in them. Spiders don’t create webs like that. As it turns out, it was the fall webworms that created those webs. These worms feed on more than 100 different kinds of trees. As bad as those webs look, the webworms don’t damage the trees.
Fortunately, none of the trees in our yard have webworms. But, if they should in the future, I discovered how to get rid of these so called “spider webs” in trees that are infested.
First, one would use a broom to remove the webs from the branches. Unfortunately, fall webworms live in cocoons in winter rather than their webs. So, even if I remove their webs, they can still return next summer. To get rid of fall webworms for good, one needs to prune webbed branches or apply an insecticide to tree leaves and not the webs.