Ok. So by now you've probably noticed that our blog posts usually talk about we. Well, I'll take ownership of this one, because I know I'm taking a big risk with today's sustainability tip.
I'm going controversial... Prepare yourselves...
The tip of today is...
Make a new friend!
Kind of cute if you squint. I think I'll call him Herbert.
So, how many of you are still reading and not hiding behind the sofa from poor little Herbert? I did say I was going controversial after all, so bear with me. Most spiders are harmless, especially in the UK. Just remember you're a bigger threat to them than they are to you, leave them be and they'll repay the favour.
I'm sure no matter how hard you try there is always that one errant spider web that escapes the feather duster, right? You're not alone, I am forever finding a cobweb above the living room doorway and around the wing mirrors of my car. Well, how's this for a tip...
Let them do your dirty work for you!
In return for a tiny unused corner of your house, they'll help you out in the long run.
Consider them your cheapest possible pest control. Leave the ugly fly papers and smelly sprays alone and give your new friend a free meal. They will feast on the real evil little monsters in your house: the flies, fleas and other critters that spread disease. Ever had a horse fly bite? I'd much rather Herbert eats a horse fly, than a horse fly try to eat me.
If you still can't get on board with letting a lodger into your house at least adopt a live and let live rule. Put down the boot or vacuum and reach for a glass and piece of paper instead. They'll do just as much good outside the house as they will inside.
Save your plants!
You know how frustrating it can be when you've put time and effort into growing some tasty veggies from seed or cultivating the perfect flower bed, then it gets destroyed by an invasion of minibeasts. Move a spider outside and they'll munch on pests in your garden, helping to keep your garden blooming beautifully.
Do you still need convincing? Not interested in giving Herbert a job with your household clean up crew? Not a keen gardener, so not bothered about other garden nuisances? Well I have one last point. Spiders are a key part of our planet's ecosystem, everything has its role to play. So, instead of squishing the next eight legged house invader you see, take him outside...
You'll be making a hungry bird happy!
We have lots of things to talk about at Abbotswood Action Group. We're sure you do too, get in touch if you would like to be a guest blogger...