How to Get a Spider Web Off an Insect

Spiders have seven glands called spinnerets that they use to spin silken webs. They are one of the few organisms that use silk in their daily lives. A spider's web serves as a home, a nursery and a trap for catching prey. These webs are hard to remove once they are attached, allowing the spider wrap the prey in a cocoon of webs and consume it at leisure. Webs are such effective traps that few insects ever escape a spider's web without help.

Spiders create webs as habitats, protective sacks for young and prey traps.

Step 1

Put on the latex gloves to protect your hands and remove the insect carefully from the surrounding web so it is isolated and does not further tangle. This will stop extra web from gathering on the insect while removing the spider web.

Tweezers will help remove fine silken strands from the insect.

Use the tweezers to remove web from the insect, being careful not to damage the insect's body. Since spider webs are made with amino acids and protein crystals to keep the silk strong, the web may be quite sticky.

Step 3

Inspect the insect once most of the visible web is off. Pluck any stray web particles that may be visible to fully remove the web from the insect.

Step 4

Hold the insect firmly and gently put drops of water over it using an eye dropper. This will wash off the excess web. This step can be performed by using push pins through the wings onto a wood surface, but this will injure live insects.

Myles Ellison

Based in Providence, R.I., Myles Ellison has been writing professionally since 2007. He has published work in the "MCLA Beacon" and "Tourism Review International." In 2010, Ellison began profiling small-business owners while working on a street revitalization project. He graduated from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts with a B.A. in interdisciplinary studies, concentrating in English, journalism and anthropology.