I went to the rotary clothes line the other day with a wet towel in one hand and clothes pegs in the other.
The next thing I knew ... thwack.... a sticky mess in my face. I'd walked straight into a spider's web.
This is the worst thing about Autumn, the spiders are out en masse, making it impossible to do any gardening without the risk of being wrapped in gossamer. Even worse, the possibility of a huge spider running up your arm or down your neck!
I'm not a full blooded arachnophobe and I know that they help to keep garden pests down and I wouldn't ever kill one intentionally. However, I don't like them.
Last night, I had to catch a huge one that was sitting on top of a mop, armed with just a mug, hoping to release it in the garden. I didn't get a chance as it jumped over the top and hid itself in a dish rack. I usually put something over the top of the container but didn't have time on this occasion because it was so fast and large. It took me a long time to track it down as it was carefully camouflaged in its surroundings.
I sometimes see one scuttling across the carpet and I have to catch it.
Do others mind these squatters in their home and gardens?