|One of my 2 garden spiders with two meals in her web.|
Turns out she is harmless to humans. When threatened she is much more likely to duck and run than sink her fangs into us. In fact, you really have to be messing with her to get bitten. If she does bite, she ranks up there with a bee sting (or at least that is what the literature says, no way I am going to test that out).
Somehow, this knowledge doesn't bring me comfort when I have to go near her web. I hate big spiders. They totally creep me out. It is a small comfort that it does not have fur. I don't mind snakes, roaches, bats, etc. (which is not to say I like them). When I have to pick something near one of these the hair on my neck and arms stands up and my stomach starts churning.
We have, however, worked out a compromise. As long as they do not touch me, I will not touch them (with a big, long stick). Hopefully, we can all get along!