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#1 of 13 Old 09-16-2002, 02:18 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I went out yesterday and got rid of all the spider webs and bugs hanging off the top of my front porch, and the walls, floor, etc. I then sprayed some water with Eucyluptus around. I went out this morning, and it is covered with moths, and there are some new spider webs hanging already. Darn those busy little buggars! Can someone give me some help? Should I put more Eucyluptus in the bottle of water? TIA!

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Not sure about the spiders, but don't moths dislike cedar? Maybe if you added some cedar oil it would work? Anyone?
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You don't have an osage orange tree handy, do you? One of those thorny ones that make green wrinkly apple fruits?
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Moon, no I dont have one of those trees handy. LOL

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Yuck. I REALLY dislike spiders. Is there a light on said porch ? Maybe is you decrease the numbers of hours there is light there then less moths will come....which means less spiders ? They come to eat the moths.
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Oceanmommy, yes, there are lights on the porch. We keep them on all night to detract teenagers from trying anything with our house. The moths stay there all day, though, when the lights arent on. I didnt know that the spiders come to eat the moths. Yucko! No wonder there are so many dang spiders! It's pretty gross, and I cant believe in one week it's looking like a haunted house porch already! I dont even like using the front door, afraid a bug is going to drop on my head.
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I think this is why some people have a lamp post a little ways out on their lawn instead of *right* near the door.

I am just guessing that the spiders would eat the moths (they eat bugs right ?) More moths = more spiders right ?
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Sweep (or hose off) your porch frequently.

Also for spiders indoors and out, I like spider traps. I got some from www.hobospider.com

Also don't keep wood, old newspapers, or anything else on your porch where spiders could hide.
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OMGosh, MamaJulie, I think we have those spiders here on our front porch. Although I am in the NorthEast. They look exactly like the pictures that were shown!
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I've heard that lighting is the key. Yes, spiders are following the moths, the moths follow the light. You can still light your porch, but with something farther away like a lamppost that points to the front porch.
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My mom always insists that chestnuts discourage spiders. I don't know where she gets them, must have a friend with a tree, but she always gives them to me. (I don't really use them though) I also know there are different kinds, but don't know which...
But she says to hang them in little cheescloth bundles, and scatter them loose in the corners. Who knows?
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OMGosh, MamaJulie, I think we have those spiders here on our front porch. Although I am in the NorthEast. They look exactly like the pictures that were shown!
JuneMama,
The good news is that a common household spider looks very similiar to the hobo spider, so you may not actually have the hobo.

Also, the traps work for all types of spiders and even other bugs.
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On the other spider thread, I just posted my experience with using hedgeapples as a decorative and natural spider and moth repellant in the home. I don't know how they would work on the a porch. Check out the other thread and this website www.hedgeapple.com
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