“There is nothing to fear but fear itself. And spiders. ~Bumper sticker~” ~ Darynda Jones
I know we are supposed to love all god’s creatures, great and small, but spiders? Now that I’m a full-time lake resident, I can’t get over the number of spiders. They stay up all night weaving their tinsel-like webs all over my front porch, my back porch, my car, every outdoor light fixture, plant, and wind chime. When I go out for my morning coffee, it’s little Miss Muffet syndrome times ten.
A friend told me to buy marigolds. “They hate the smell,” she said. This morning, I discovered a beautifully done web hanging between two giant blooms on my new pot of Marigolds.
I Googled and found the pesticides, but I’m trying to find a more holistic solution. I mean, I read Charlotte’s Web, for crying out loud!
We have cedar posts on the back porch. The spiders swing from them like Tarzan of the jungle. I thought one smiled at me as he descended from the ceiling and did the Thor landing on my favorite teal pillow. We planted lavender in the flower beds. I’ve sprayed peppermint from sea to shining sea. Yesterday, I caught one large eight-legged creature doing the backstroke in the bucket of vinegar water.
I know there is a way we can live together in peace. Please, catch the pesky flies, eat the mosquitos, and prevent the Bubonic plague. Continue to inspire awesome superheroes who save the day with their quick wit and spidey senses. But please stay off my porch.
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Yours in health and history,