Where Do Cobwebs Come From?
Unlike spider webs, which spiders use to catch and trap their prey, cobwebs are vacant “homes” spiders have abandoned to move on to a new area of your house. The stray spider silk left behind is incredibly sticky and a magnet for pollen, dust particles, and other debris.
A great many of the silken lines, or cobwebs, that we see about us, on plants and the walls of buildings, are discarded draglines–indications that spiders have passed by.
Wherever the silk spider goes, it trails a silken dragline. The line is useful to the spider as a lifeline to swing out of the reach of an enemy, and as a means of lowering itself from a ceiling or tree limb.
In our homes, these draglines collect dust and lint and break loose to hang as unkempt cobwebs. Some cobwebs are the tangled webs built by common house spiders in neglected corners of buildings.
The best way to stop spiders from leaving their mark is to prevent them from ever coming in. Fall is the perfect time for them to seek shelter, so stay one step ahead of them and block their access. Seal cracks in windows and door frames.
Dusting with citrus furniture polish goes a long way. As creepy as it sounds, spiders’ taste buds are on the tips of their legs and they can’t stand the taste of lemon.