• We invite you to join UKWorkshop.
    Members can turn off viewing Ads!

Workshop takeover bid.

UKworkshop.co.uk

Help Support UKworkshop.co.uk:

woodstainwilly

Established Member
Joined
28 Jun 2011
Messages
116
Reaction score
0
Location
North Yorks
I don't know if any of you have the same problem as me, it would be interesting to hear
any solutions.
I am being overrun with spiders. Almost over night they have appeared and are determined
to force me out. Their threads are everywhere and as fast as I suck them onto the dust extractor
they are back.
Any advice would be appreciated by this desperate sole.
Willy.
 

Chrispy

Established Member
Joined
10 Aug 2011
Messages
1,838
Reaction score
19
Location
Oxfordshire
A long time ago I moved my workshop into an old barn that was full of cobwebs but also alot of old timber so to be save I treated same with worm fluid, it was about 10 years before I saw another cobweb!
 

bexupnorth

Established Member
Joined
13 Jul 2011
Messages
52
Reaction score
0
I've never tried it, but I know some people swear by conkers. Apparently spiders hate something about the humble horse chestnut. Either Leave a few strategically placed or I think Lakeland do an extract in a bottle.

Hope this helps,

Ade.
 

kirkpoore1

Established Member
Joined
3 Nov 2010
Messages
603
Reaction score
1
Location
O'Fallon, Illinois
Eight-leggers eat six-leggers. Get rid of the insects, and you won't have a significant issue--so see what they're eating. I wouldn't think you'd have new spiders hatching at this time of year, unless you're way, way down south.

Kirk
 

woodstainwilly

Established Member
Joined
28 Jun 2011
Messages
116
Reaction score
0
Location
North Yorks
Cheers guys. I will have to try something as they are everywhere.
I decided to clean my band saw this afternoon and found cobwebs
and nests inside which I find amazing as most days I use the saw
for something.
Willy.
 

studders

Established Member
Joined
23 Mar 2009
Messages
2,758
Reaction score
0
Location
Petts Wood, Kent
Sorry, but the mess they make really pees me off so, it's up the hoover with them soon as I see them, and I hate hate hate flies too, and wasps and pigeons and crazy fly in your face moths and slugs and , well, most things really. :)
 

doorframe

Established Member
Joined
22 Dec 2010
Messages
973
Reaction score
0
Location
Essex
If it's the cellar spiders (pictured above) that you're being plagued by, and you definately want rid of them, then its got to be a kill-on-sight policy. I love spiders... adore them... the bigger and hairier the better... but can't abide cellar spiders. My w/shop was alive with them. Hundreds of them. I caught them and removed them but could not eradicate them. They breed like mice, but 100 times worse!

I'm careful to leave the ordinary house and garden spiders as has already been said they eat the insects.

I originally thought that the big hairy ones (Tegenaria gigantea) would eat the cellar spiders, but was informed on a wildlife forum that it's the other way round... that the cellar spiders prey on the big ones!!!
 

Attachments

mailee

Established Member
Joined
26 Jun 2005
Messages
5,502
Reaction score
1
Location
grimsby Humberside
UUGH!! I hate the things! :shock: I know they are good for keeping down the flies but they make me shiver. If I find a Tegenaria gigantea it gets introduced to my Estwing! :twisted:
 

Sawyer

Established Member
Joined
7 May 2011
Messages
581
Reaction score
1
Location
France
Spiders don't bother me in the slightest and are welcome visitors to the workshop and even the house. Anything which kills and eats flies and causes no nuisance, is fine by me. :)
Even my wife doesn't mind them!

Here, we have plenty of hornets too. Stangely, I prefer them to wasps any day. Wasps seem to delight in being annoying, whereas hornets just mind their own business. I suppose that if you are a hornet, you've got nothing to prove :!:
 

Mark A

Established Member
Joined
28 Nov 2010
Messages
1,854
Reaction score
0
Location
South Wales
I'm not a fan of creepy crawlies. I had a plague of harvestmen and mites in my shed this summer, which I vacuumed up with my dust extractor. I don't use my claw hammer to squish them 'cause when you go to hammer a nail afterwards you get gooey stuff and twitchy legs on the workpiece.

If I use a hammer it's my 14lb sledgehammer with a cut-down handle I salvaged from the tip. Makes me feel like Thor! (hammer)

The biggest spider I think I've seen was a massive Tegenaria Gigantea living in the cavity of an old lean-to we demolished. Must have been almost 4" across - much wider after the wall fell on top of it :twisted:

SPEAK OF THE DEVIL..... I just walked up the stairs and was about an inch from squishing a house spider on the rail with my hand. It's now probably choking on dust balls in the vacuum container.

Mark
 

moppetsdad

Established Member
Joined
12 Jan 2011
Messages
55
Reaction score
0
Location
north norfolk
Many years ago I was shown an old church that was on a farm and the farmer used it for breeding pheasants, The roof timbers were all Sweet chestnut and it was as clean as a whistle not a cobweb it sight, the farmer told me that he had never seen a spider in there in the 70 years that he had lived there! So sweet chestnut or conkers would seem to be the way to go.
 

Paul Hannaby

Established Member
Joined
1 Sep 2011
Messages
830
Reaction score
51
Location
Gloucestershire UK
The way I look at it, the spiders keep the other insects at bay so I leave them to do their work. Hopefully they eat the ones that make holes in my wood too!
 

woodbloke

Established Member
Joined
13 Apr 2006
Messages
11,770
Reaction score
0
Location
Salisbury, UK
I don't mind spiders at all. Apparently all spiders in the UK are venomous, but the the skin of a human bean is too thick for the spiders to penetrate. Now rats and mice is different, them I really detest! - Rob
 

Digit

Established Member
Joined
11 Nov 2007
Messages
10,222
Reaction score
0
Location
Wales
At this time of the year many species head indoors, or wherever there is suitable shelter. Woodworm killer seems to solve the problem, but like an earlier poster I find the shop vac pretty handy. Our biggest problem at this time of the year is the Garden Spider, if your not careful you suddenly find yourself walking straight into their webs.

Roy.
 
Top