Ever since I happened to watch Kindgom of the Spiders when I was very small, I have loathed spiders. Honestly, I have had nightmares about spiders ever since I saw that movie. My fear of spiders is so great, I almost jumped out of a moving car one day when saw a huge spider crawling across the dashboard. I'm sorry all of you who love spiders, but if you are a spider and in my house, you will be dead. Not by my hand, of course, because I am not going anywhere near you. I will just be silently screaming, frozen in fear, and pointing at you, until my husband or one of my cats kills you. If I would have known how much cats love to eat spiders, I would have had cats a long time ago.
So I bet you would be surprised to learn that I actually welcome garden spiders. I have even taken a stick (a very long stick) and moved them out of my way. Who couldn't like something that eats mosquitoes! Garden Spiders have never charged at me, like some of those house spiders. They are not plotting my demise, like those house spiders. They have never tried to crawl into my bed, like some of those house spiders. So if they leave me alone, I leave them alone. I usually find them in my garden in late spring as tiny baby spiders, and don't notice them again until late summer/early fall when they are so big you can't miss them. Ok, I will admit they still freak me out a little because they are everywhere....and I mean everywhere. It's hard to walk into the garden without running into one of their webs, which are very strong. After a while I do a mental inventory of where they are, and I try to avoid those areas. I'm pretty sure if one of these spiders crawl on me I would die of fear, but for now I actually enjoy watching them (from a distance).
|Black and Yellow Garden Spiders|
|European Garden Spiders|