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What is a banded garden spider?

800px-Argiope_July_2012-2A banded garden spider is the most common garden spider in the western part of the United States; however, they can be found all over the country. They get their name from their coloration. A banded garden spider's coloration is very distinctive as the spiders are white with bands of yellow and black across their abdomen. The males are usually 4 to 5 millimeters long, but the female garden spider is much larger than the male.

When are they active?

Banded garden spiders will spend the winter growing in eggs or as baby spiders, and in the spring, they hatch. They reach their full size around the end of July or the beginning of August. These spiders will spin their webs along an east-west axis so that they can place themselves strategically to absorb as much heat as possible from the sun to grow faster. When the frost comes in the fall, full grown spiders will die but their eggs live on to hatch after the long winter is over.

What do banded garden spiders eat?

These common spiders spin webs so that they might catch flies and other flying insects to eat. Their webs can reach up to two feet in diameter, and they can be found anywhere that there is an anchor for the web, especially in the weeds. Their webs can be very beautiful, and it is the garden spider that inspired the beautiful webs in Charlotte's Web. Webs are the perfect traps for flies, wasps, bees and other insects. When they are caught, the spider will quickly wrap them up in silk to demobilize them before biting them to inject them with its venom.

Are they dangerous?

Banded garden spiders are not dangerous, and most bites would not be met with any more discomfort than a bee sting. They are of no medical importance, and their venom is not dangerous. Banded garden spiders are actually beneficial to your garden and lawn because they will help to keep the ecosystem balanced by keeping the insect population under control.

Should I control my spider population?

It is important to know the difference between spiders that are beneficial to your property's ecosystem from the spiders that may cause harm. Banded garden spiders are openly seen during the day and cause no harm to humans. Spiders that do the most damage are often hidden or go unnoticed until they have bitten someone. Knowing how to recognize different species of spiders will help you make decisions about your garden's ecosystem. It is important to protect the spiders who will keep the wasp or fly population down.

If you have questions or concerns about the spiders or any other type of pest control, contact Clegg’s online or on the phone at 888-672-5344.

 

Image via: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argiope_trifasciata

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