Weekend Projects

One Thing You Have to Clean Now that Halloween is Behind Us

published Nov 5, 2021
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I learned something new this week, thanks to Julia Marcum of Chris Loves Julia: Spiders are a big part of Halloween decorating because early fall is spider season! Her mind seemed blown and so was mine.

This checks out. I looked into it a little bit more, and, yes, autumn is when we find ourselves encountering more spiders because it’s their mating season. Female spiders, it turns out, co-reside with us all year. But male spiders are wanderers. When mating season comes around, they wander into our houses in search of the females. And all this spider activity leads to more webs.

Cobwebs may pass for Halloween decorations through the end of October, but it’s November now, guests are heading over soon, and it’s time to literally clean out the cobwebs.

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This Weekend: Clean all your cobwebs and spider webs.

You may know where you tend to find cobwebs around your home, such as certain hidden corners under your foyer table or the high corners on your porch. Tackle these spots first, and then go on a cobweb hunt through the rest of your house. Use a broom or a duster to clean them away.

Surely cleaning cobwebs from your home is motivation enough to tackle this task, but if not, here’s another thing to keep in mind: After spider mating come egg sacs and, eventually, spider babies. Hundreds of them! Often, the egg sacs are attached to webs, so cleaning cobwebs means ensuring your home doesn’t become a spider hatchery. Let’s get to it.

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