Gardening is a great way to improve your living
space, create a gorgeous landscape fit to your tastes, and exercise your
green thumb. However, did you know spiders can help you with your garden?
Not all spiders are trying to kill
you. Actually, most are pretty darn scared of you and don't like to
bite humans. The greatest part of it all? They LOVE to feed
off of the pests in your yard!
From the treetops to the mulch, all
types of spiders are working hard to kill, and sometimes eat, the
pests in your garden.
·Funnel Web Spiders create a cave-like nest in which they entice and devour
their prey; including pesky insects that eat your garden. They often
build their webs in the middle of a yard, in loosely packed mulch,
and in the crevasses of houses.
·Jumping Spiders like to perch on elevated surfaces in order to hunt
their prey. Most are brightly colored and have a fuzzy appearance.
·Wolf Spiders are very common in the Denver metro area and are unique
because they do not spin webs to capture their prey. Rather, they
rely on their speed and hunting skills to capture and kill prey. Some
of this species can grow rather large, but do not worry! They are
rather shy and will avoid humans.
·Cat Face Spiders look scary, due to their bulbous abdomen and large size,
but are actually harmless. These spiders spin intricate webs to catch
pesky garden insects.
Colorado only has two poisonous
spiders. Luckily these spiders tend to avoid bright, wet areas, so
your garden is not an ideal location for these guys to set up their
Black Widows live in dark, cool places and hunt
their prey there. The bright red hourglass on their underside helps
to identify these dangerous arachnids.
Brown RecluseSpiders have also been found
in Colorado, and live in similar conditions as Black Widows. You can
tell them apart from other spiders by the violin shaped marking on
their back, just behind their head.
These spiders are commonly found in wood piles,
corners of garages, crawl spaces, window wells, and similar