Recently we advised against spraying spider-webbed shrubs. That's because the simple presence of spiders means there must be many insects in residence there -- an entire ecosystem -- and any spraying program that killed the spiders could upset the whole kit and kaboodle.
We dislike unbalanced plant-pest systems, where we often end up with more work than we can handle as sole protectors of plants from their enemies.
Take a close look with us at a small section of shrubbery and see if you, too, end up by backing away slowly with the vow, "Carry on you-all, and leave me out of this!"
Watch a funnel spider at work.
Ponder the plenty of predators on the shrubs