Itsy Bitsy Spider

itsy bitsy spider. An man acting out the nursery rhyme with a baby laying on the floor

“Itsy Bitsy Spider” is a modern nursery rhyme that is very popular among parents of babies and young toddlers. After doing a search on the Internet, I could not find the origin of this song. It appears to be ‘unknown’.

The nursery rhyme was first published in 1920, more as a song for adults in “Camp and Camino in Lower California” with the words “blooming, bloody” instead of “itsy bitsy”. Me being of UK heritage, these lyrics sound like they came from a Brit rather than a Yank!

The actual version of “Itsy Bitsy Spider” was later printed in 1947 by the California Folklore Society in the Western Folklore collection. It appears as a nursery rhyme in 1948 in the American Folk Songs for Children a collection by Mike and Peggy Seeger. In 1955 it appears in Maxwell Slutz Stewart’s book “The Growing Family: A Guide for Parents”.

Itsy Bitsy Spider Finger Play

“Itsy Bitsy Spider”, more often recited than sung, is a finger-play rhyme for children. It tells the adventures of a spider, named Itsy Bitsy (or Incy Wincy – more popular in United Kingdom). He is going up and down, and up again a water spout, as the weather is changing. The child has to mimic the finger movements of the adult while singing the song.

Check out the nursery rhyme:

“Itsy Bitsy Spider” Lyrics

“The itsy bitsy spider crawled up the water spout.
Down came the rain, and washed the spider out.
Out came the sun, and dried up all the rain,
and the itsy bitsy spider went up the spout again”

Spider Pest Control

Itsy bitsy spider went up the water spout…. what a great nursery rhyme this is. But when itsy bitsy spider decided that your home is his ‘spout’ – it’s not so cute anymore!  There is nothing worse than running smack face-first into a spider web.  It will instantly send you into a panic.  The great dance moves you make as you jump and shake and flail your arms would certainly make the top 10 funniest videos.  For the next hour, you are sure that spider is actually climbing up and down your back and though your hair. Every time you think about that web you fall back into your cool dance moves as you try to remove that web all over again! Yup, there’s not much worse than that!

Actually, when those itsy bitsy spiders are living in the wide-open great outdoors, they are quite helpful.  They eat tons of insects like mosquitoes, flies and any other species that wander into their webs.  And have you ever really stopped to take a close look at a web?  These webs are very intricately designed works of art that will glitter and shine in the sun.  It really is an amazing creature – when it’s in its right place!  The problem occurs when they invade your space!  That is when you have to take action!

Spiders will typically move indoors in the fall when the weather begins to turn cold so they can store their eggs, find food and live in relative comfort freely using your heat without even offering to help pay for it!

If you have found spiders in your home and just can’t seem to get rid of them, give us a call.  At Pestcheck, we are known for our impeccable service and quality care. We are ready and waiting to put all our experience to work for you.  If you are battling spiders, or any other insect or pest, in your Vancouver home or business this fall, you should experience the Pestcheck difference.