Edwardsville IL Homes for Sale and Real Estate : What a Tangled Web He Wove -- Over My Front Door!

What a Tangled Web He Wove -- Over My Front Door!

Stepped out of my front door today to discover this:

I hate spiders. And I really hate ugly three-inch spiders like this one. But would you look at the amazing web he's made? There is a traditional old-school spider web behind him and then this zig-zag type structure running through the middle of the web.

Knowing nothing about spiders, I surmise that this is sort of an access ladder so he can scamper from one end of the gigantic web to the other to get to his unfortunate prey. (Anybody who can tell me more, please do.)

I'm struggling with a decision to kill him or capture him and relocate his gruesome self to another location. Perhaps the home of an enemy...but I don't think I really have any enemies to speak of. My usual philosophy with insects is as long as they stay on the outside of my house, I live and let live. But this position by the front door is sort of unnerving. If I unwittingly walk into his web he's going to eat like a king!

Here in St. Louis' Illinois suburbs a tree called an Osage Orange produces large, bumpy green inedible "fruits" called hedgeapples. The old wives tell us that placing these around your house will banish spiders. There may not be enough Osage Oranges in all of Madison County to get rid of this guy.

I'm headed out to Google now to see if I can identify him.

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Comment balloon 8 commentsNancy Milton Holtzscher • August 16 2011 09:47PM


Wow, looks like a dangerous spider.  I would hate to see that on my door!  Looks like you had an interesting day.


Posted by David Farrell, Licensed NY State Real Estate Broker (David V. Farrell Co.) almost 8 years ago

Nancy, I agree with David he looks dangerous and scary to me as well.  I felt guilty for killing a large mosquito the other day at a restaurant but sometimes my skin not being eaten is worth more to me.  I think I vote for relocating if he isn't dangerous otherwise I think he may need to visit his next life.  Curious to hear what you find out and do.  Good luck!  --Krystal

Posted by Krystal Knott, Breckenridge CO Real Estate & All Summit County CO (LIV Sotheby's International Realty) almost 8 years ago

I'm intrigued by spiders, but in a freaky kinda way!  I like em, but there's a fine line.  I don't like smashing them, but I do keep them out of reach!

Posted by Larry Bettag, Vice-President of National Production (Cherry Creek Mortgage Illinois Residential Mortgage License LMB #0005759 Cherry Creek Mortgage NMLS #: 3001) almost 8 years ago

I think I'd 'book' him. 'Booking' in this case is similar to 'bricking' a camel except the sider would feel no pain. But you also want a book you won't be reading again. An old phone book would do.

Posted by Robert Butler, Montreal Home Inspector | Aspect Inspection (Aspect Inspection) almost 8 years ago

David -- Yeah, "interesting" is the word for it. Yikes

Justin & Krystal -- I'll keep you posted on the outcome.

Larry -- I wouldn't mind this one either if it were behind glass at the St. Louis Zoo's Insectarium.

Robert -- I like the way you think. Can't imagine a better use for an old phone book. They've obsolete anyway.

Posted by Nancy Milton Holtzscher, Edwardsville/Glen Carbon, Illinois Broker, REALTOR (RE/MAX Alliance in St.Louis' Illinois suburbs) almost 8 years ago

Okay, arachnid fans -- I have a solution. I found the most amazing insect identifier online. You might want to bookmark it for your future bug needs at InsectIdentification.org

This lovely fellow is a Black and Yellow Garden Spider. Read on...


Posted by Nancy Milton Holtzscher, Edwardsville/Glen Carbon, Illinois Broker, REALTOR (RE/MAX Alliance in St.Louis' Illinois suburbs) almost 8 years ago

He is one of God's creatures and serves a purpose here on this planet.  I suffered a spider bite and almost lost sight in one eye about 2 years ago.  I still love everything in nature.  That is a beautiful spider, why not just relocate him.

Posted by Mary Macy, Top Agents Atlanta Metro (Top Agents Atlanta Metro) almost 8 years ago


I've never seen a zig zag web pattern like that.  That's amazing and maybe very rare.  Don't kill it.  Use your back door.  It may be an endangered species.  Send the photo to a nearby university's arachnology department.  Or, is there a neighborhood kid that likes insects? (just don't tell mom.)

Autumn is spider web season in the San Francisco bay area.  I think they like to fill up before winter.

Posted by Lloyd Binen, Silicon Valley Realtor since 1976; 408-373-4411 (Certified Realty Services) almost 8 years ago

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