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spiders in orchard

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Alan starts with ...
I've got lots of spiders in my orchard - heaps of different kinds and webs between all the trees. I'm worried that they will be killing bees, native bees, pollinating wasps and other benefitial insects. The orchard is covered with bird net, so spiders are not controlled by bird predation. Do I need to worry? Do I need to do anything?
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Jason says...
No and no
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sternus1 says...
It could be a problem if there's a lot of them, but you'd have to be talking the kind of levels your see in cinematic representations of castle Dracula.
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jakfruit etiquette says...
How long have the spiders been in abundance ? You must have enough prey to sustain the spiders, otherwise they wouid die out or move on. Maybe another (prey) species is out of balance, and the spiders are reacting too it. A couple of years ago we had an outbreak of Huntsman, 1000's of eyes at night, but caused by earwig plauge. No need to speculate about potential problems, but first monitor the level of plant pests and pollination problems ie are these problems actually occuring.
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