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Spiders: The Beneficial Predator

Utah Public Radio Tuesday, Sep. 11, 2018

This is Diane Alston. I’m an extension entomologist at Utah State University. Today I want to talk with you about spiders. Late summer and early fall is a peak time for spider activity. ... Amazingly, there are over 600 species of spiders known to occur in Utah. So why do we care about spiders? They are actually very beneficial predators that feed on pest and non-pest insects. ... Indoor management of spiders is best done by vacuuming, cleaning, sealing cracks and crevices around the home and putting up with spiders realizing that they are a beneficial predator. ... So enjoy the fall shuffle and enjoy the spiders out helping you control pests in your garden.

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