I am pretty terrified of spiders. I think Ron from Harry Potter is completely and utterly rational in this regard. While Bullshark was deployed, I adopted a live and let live approach to any little spiders that found their way into the house. Until I started killing them occasionally. Only if they were small and unsuspecting and slowish and I was sure I would be successful the first time.
Now, I have a very large problem. There are (at least) three very very big spiders who live outside my house. During the early evening, they weave very very large and intricate webs between my roof gutter and front yard lamp and in front of my front door. So, if I come home after dark, my path is blocked by enormous spiders hovering in the center of enormous webs.
This has happened four times. Each time, I elected to have the kids stand back while I used an ISWBD (improvised spider web breaking device--junk mail, usually) to break a few key strands so we could move past without getting covered in sticky web attached to angry huge spiders. This has taken no small amount of skill -- night time, after all. The spiders move their webs every time, and the only warning you get (if you're looking for it) is the hovering spider himself, marking the center of the web.
But then I leave them alone. Because they are far far far too big for me to kill. UGH. As I type this, I keep getting that icky feeling that I have spider webs on me or spiders crawling on my skin.
Last night, after we made it safely inside, and the biggest spider by the door started repairing his web, I decided to take action. I found a can of ant killer in the basement. I sprayed the spider through the screen door. He fell to the ground, stunned more by the liquid than any poison. Then he climbed back up and went back to work.
Great. Now I've pissed them off.