Today, I was asked a question by one of my favorite customers. she asked, “Mr Steve, how are cobwebs formed?”.
I thought it was such a good question, I decided to write about it on my blog.
For the most part, the things we traditionally call cobwebs (think Adam’s Family) are just abandon spiderwebs. The spider is gone, so the web collects dust. Eventually, the dusty web threads stretch or break – that’s why, most often, cobwebs look more like hanging threads than regular spiderwebs.
“Why Do They Seem To Appear Out of Nowhere?”
It’s common to overlook an active spiderweb, because they are extremely thin (in many cases, less than 1/5th of a human hair). When the web becomes inactive, however, dust particles can increase the diameter of the threads by as much as seven times the original thickness. House dust can also add a gray or brown hue to the threads.
“What’s The Best Way To Get Rid of Them?”
Both spiderwebs and cobwebs can be removed with a broom, but I prefer a standard “webster” found at your local hardware store. Some websters boast a static charge to assist in web collecting, however, I’ve personally found the regular half-moon shaped webster to suffice.
“I’ve Had Pest Control Service For a Long Time, Why Do I Still Get Them?”
I’m pretty certain you’d see many more webs if you did not have pest control service. as a significant web reduction is almost always the case.
Here’s My Theory:
If you’ve noticed, most of the active spiderwebs you have in your home are created by very small spiders. I’m not sure about the scientific explanation, but I notice a direct correlation between spider or cobwebs and number of family members (including pets).
My unofficial data would suggest spiders hitch hike into the home from dogs, cats, and human family members that inadvertently walk through spiderwebs in the yard. That’s not to say spiders don’t or can’t find their way inside through the typical cracks and crevices of every home, but the “hitch hike” theory would explain the occasional unwanted guest.