Spiders, spiders everywhere this season

Spiders, spiders everywhere this season

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Spiders, spiders everywhere this season

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by Keely Chalmers, KGW staff

NWCN.com

Posted on September 27, 2010 at 8:58 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. -- They are creepy and they're crawly and they are just about everywhere!  Spiders seem to be weaving webs across the Pacific Northwest.  But experts say it's nothing to be scared about.

You’ve likely seen them, those enormous spider webs that stretch across trees, streets signs, you name it. 

For UPS deliveryman John Bodaly it's become a sticky situation. 

"I’m always looking out for them so I duck and stuff," said Bodaly.  And as for the eight-legged creatures responsible for this weave of webs,"They look like they’re on steroids... a little bad... to be honest with you," explained Contance Magnuson, who is visiting Portland from Washington D.C.

Zoe Phillips has gotten to know the spiders well.  A few weeks ago, dozens of Cross Spiders popped up under her porch. 

"We'd walk out and you’d walk straight into a web and then you'd spend the next half hour freaking out and trying to get the web off of you," said Phillips. 

In the three years she's lived in Northwest Portland Phillips says she’s never seen anything like this.  "It is definitely worse this year," she said.

Greta Binford, biology professor at Lewis and Clark College, says this time of year it's normal to see more spiders.  It's just that the spiders this year seem to be more noticeable.

"This species of spider that are the most conspicuous ... they live for two years and in the second year the females get really big and bigger spiders make bigger webs," said Binford.  She stresses even though they may look a bit scary these spiders are actually good and a critical part of our ecosystem.

They don't harm humans and they eat lots of bugs.  Plus, the spiders wont be around for much longer.  By Halloween the only spiders we'll likely see are the decorative kind.  The real ones will head off to hide from the cold.

But if you have a web in your yard that is getting in your way and you need to get it down, experts advise that your remove it gently with a broom. 

Don't use a pesticide.  Those chemicals will end up doing more harm than good.

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