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    Spiders, Spiders, Everywhere!

    I'm getting really annoyed by all the spiders out this season.
    I don't know why this season is turning out to be so bad- the mites were new, the black buggies were new, the lackluster sundews, dead cobra lily. A few of my many Sarrs are dying out- rotting, I guess? There wasn't a problem with them last year, but even new pitchers are making like the cobra lily- they're just browning from the top down and being sucked of life. I wish I could stop it. None of the rhizomes are buried, the water table isn't too high, and it's really no disease since I treat regularly with Neem.
    But now there are spiders out the wazoo! I'm kind of slightly arachnophobic, so I don't like the prospect of trimming off a dead pitcher or watering of something and having a spider jump on me, but I'm concerned about all their webbing, perhaps it's impending on my plants. I just killed a pretty big one today. It was so weirdly designed, and it was all...white and powdery. It was definitely alive, moving. But when I cut it in half it just POOFed into a cloud of dust. Really weird. Idk if anything can be done about them since Neem obviously doesn't affect them.

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    Come on, anyone?
    I really need help. They're only getting worse, the webs are bending pitchers and I just found the molt of a 1.5" idk what kind of spider. D:

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    You could get some guineafowl, they eat spiders :P
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    buy a few praying mantids they eat almost any insect

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    Spiders are good guys! They are helping your plants. Why would you want to get rid of something that is helping you control pests? Okay, so they're a little spooky looking. But so are Venus Flytraps!
    -Emily

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    Because they are icky :P
    I don't mind spiders outside, but i don't like them inside.
    Especially those big hairy brown ones :O
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    If you don't like creepy-crawly icky things, you are in the wrong hobby. Did I tell you guys about the maggots I found in my S. flava the other day?

    Plants and arthropods are intertwined. You can't understand one without understanding the other. Carnivorous plants are maybe one of the best examples of the complex relationship between plant and insect. Simultaneously, a plant can have different relationships with dozens of species. S. purpurea for example has insects that pollinate its flowers, mosquito species which breed only in its pitchers, and of course...lunch! I think in order to fully appreciate a plant, you have to also appreciate its relationships with neighboring arthropods.

    They may appear a little creepy to our eye, but insects and spiders are a very important part of the beautiful natural world. Once you get past all their legs, they are very fascinating, beautiful creatures.
    -Emily

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    i don't mind insects, it's just spiders bigger then 5 mm that i dont like.
    Smaller spiders i catch with my bare hands if needed :P
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