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Meyer Lemon Tree attracting spiders

Posted by winstella 10b los angeles (My Page) on
Tue, Mar 25, 14 at 0:08

My Meyer lemon tree is attracting a lot of things... Bees, butterflies, thrips (which I got rid of), hummingbirds, and now, most recently, I found a red spider about an inch large.

Do I leave it?? Or should it try to get rid if it immediately? I tried to google if spiders are beneficial for gardens but all I got was information about spider mites. It's definitely not a spider mite. I would say it sort of looks like a black widow. Same size and thickness, except that it is red. Are these poisonous?

Help, please! (Couple weeks ago I also found a regular spider like the ones you see in homes, I left it alone...)


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RE: Meyer Lemon Tree attracting spiders

  • Posted by hoovb z9 Southern CA (My Page) on
    Tue, Mar 25, 14 at 0:16

Spiders exist mostly to eat other spiders. Don't worry about it.

In Southern California in the dry season, it is helpful to get out there with a hose and spray off the foliage once or twice a month. It refreshes the tree.


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RE: Meyer Lemon Tree attracting spiders

Spiders are part of what you'd normally expect to see in and around your citrus trees, winstella. Spiders are beneficials, and will eat flying insects and other bugs that happen by them or get caught in their webs, many of which may NOT be beneficial to your trees and plants (and other spiders, as hoovb has mentioned). Spider mites, are not spiders. They are mites, and they will usually show up in the late summer, during our hottest and driest times, and again, as hoovb has mentioned, a good spraying with water all over the canopy a couple of times usually takes care of things. I wouldn't expect to see them on my trees this time of year unless your yard is extremely dry, and your trees/plants are stressed. Have no idea if your spider is poisonous unless you can snap a pic of it, and our resident bug expert, Rhizo, can take a look at it.

Patty S.


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RE: Meyer Lemon Tree attracting spiders

If only we could distinguish the bad bugs from the good right?
But coming here is a great start since most are ok/..

This post was edited by meyermike_1micha on Tue, Mar 25, 14 at 13:36


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