Disposable Cobweb Broom - Easy, Cheap Environmentally Friendly.

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Introduction: Disposable Cobweb Broom - Easy, Cheap Environmentally Friendly.

About: I live on the outskirts of Melbourne. I love the way I can just look out of my window and see gum trees, hills and bird visitors (kookaburras, magpies, rosellas, cockatoos, blue wrens and many more all visit...

If you have high ceilings or eaves, it can be hard to reach cobwebs with a conventional broom or cobweb broom... plus you end up with a very yukky broom to clean.

I’m assuming you have some trees in your garden (or even large bushes... otherwise you probably wouldn’t have a spider/cobweb problem).

Step 1: What You Need

All you need for this environmentally friendly, cheap, disposable cobweb broom is:

1. A handle- a long thin tube, such as a metal curtain rod (which is what I use) or narrow electrical conduit. You could also use a long, straight stick (e.g. bamboo, dowel) but that won’t be as easy.

2. Some sticks from your trees/bushes- with a main stem which fits into your handle and 2 or more small (but not too tiny) little twiggy bits on the end (see photo).
Look around your garden for a tree or bush that has those kind of branches and collect some that have dropped. You can go back to the same place next time you need some, or collect any extras that you find and keep them for next time.
 

Step 2: Trim the Twig Ends

Trim your stick ends so the little twiggy bits are about the same length.

Insert the thicker end into your handle (or if your handle isn’t hollow, stick it on with a couple of bits of duct tape, leaving an end free so it’s easy to take off when you’ve finished).

Step 3: Clean Up the Cobwebs

Gather your cobwebs by twisting the “brush” in them. 

Step 4: Disposal - Back to the Garden

When your brush is full of yukky cobwebs, you can just take it out of the handle and put it back under the bushes for the birds to use for nesting (plus they get any spiders caught up in them as a bonus). The sticks will decompose the way they would have before you used them.

PLEASE NOTE: if you have sprayed your eaves with insect killer, don’t put the twigs in the garden for the birds. You can burn them in an open fire, add them to your compost or put them in the rubbish/green recycling.
 

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    it's like that scene in Shrek where he does that and then they eat it like it's cotton candy!

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    Haha I'd forgotten that one:) Think I'll pass though....

    I didn't know birds used cobwebs, and I thought birds using paper money as nests was bad

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    I think they use the cobwebs to help bind their nests together, and/or as a soft lining - not sure about the money, we don't have enough to leave it lying around for the birds;)