Have you ever thought of an anole as an effective organic pesticide? As the days turned colder and the days shortened I began to notice a few critters, mainly spiders, were making my hoya sun-room their comfortable space for the winter. I am not afraid of spiders for the most part, at least they do not bother me like snakes and frogs do, but the webs they were weaving were getting out of hand. I even had one blocking the screen of my television that hangs up high in the space? My first attempt to control these webs was the small Shop-Vac I purchased for just this issue. After about an hour of sucking up the webs I felt a sense of accomplishment that I had also vacuumed up a few six legged creatures. Yes, I realize that they are good and eat other insects but the other insects do not spin webs across my plants and light and television and chairs etc. The lights went out for the evening just after 9pm as they do each night. What I thought would be a quiet and uneventful night was not. Does anyone know how far a spider can travel in one night? Well I would estimate they run marathons from sundown to sun up. These are not ordinary webs either, they resemble string and possibly rope when would together.
Remembering and but not missing the varmints that lived in my Florida Greenhouse/Garage I decided to adopt an anole or two the next day when I went to the local pet store, Just For Pets, to retrieve my doggie who just had a bath. The majority of the anole stock had long striped snake-like tails which I wanted no part of. I have made great strides in trying to forget the trauma caused by those slithering creatures and would not enjoy being spooked by adding this variety of anole to my room. The first two, that were able to be caught, were the lucky one to come home to my oasis.
As I released them into the ‘hoya jungle’, I hoped that they would live and I would be able to spot them once in awhile in that space and NOT in my home. Since the sun-room is an extension of my home that was quite possible. This little dude is doing one heck of a job keeping the spider & webs at a minimum in the sun-room. I see him just about every day when I mist the hoyas. He has a smaller brown friend whom I rarely see except when he is scurrying across the floor from the hose bib. I am guessing he’s finding water sometimes in that area!
The result was not immediate but it’s been over a month since I brought them home and rarely do I find a spider web and if I do, it is NOT the ropes that I once found connecting what seemed like every plant and surface of the room.