My Grandmother called webs, in the corners, "Irish lace curtains".My stepfather taught me that spider webs are a great way to stop the bleeding on small scrapes and cuts when you are too far from the first aid kit to grab a Band-Aid. It really works, try it!
and my grandmother always referred to cast iron frying pans as spiders, it was a throwback to the days when frying pans that were used to cook over an open fire had three legs.
I read up on the Australian Redback after I found 2 - one on my trash can & one in the back yard. I'm in California. Maybe they got here in luggage or produce. Luckily, I always have a powerful light when I'm outside at night. He was on the handle of the trash can - where I would normally grab it. At first, I thought it was just a Black Widow with the red mark on the wrong side - birth defect, LOL.We have the black widow's big sister, the red back. These spiders are extremely venomous and every so often I kill one or two outside if I think someone might accidentally put their hand on one. They build their nests under chairs, window sills and the rims of big plastic plant pots. They also like stacks of bricks and hide between them in crevices. Their webs are characteristically untidy and the silk is very tough. I only have to pull a stick through any suspicious web to check for red backs. However, they are rather timid and easy to kill so they are not very scary. One squirt of fly spray and they drop out of the web and we tread on them.
The common spider that does inhabit our houses does not build a web at all. It is the huntsman and hides behind pictures during the day time and comes out at night to hunt insects. It normally lives under the bark of eucalyptus trees and is rarely seen on the ground so it never walks around the floor or invades our shoes. Huntsman spider have large fangs and can deliver a bite but they are actually safe because they are not venomous to humans and can be handled safely as long as they are not squeezed. I can go to sleep with one of these fellows on the ceiling above my bed. I've never had one drop on me or crawl on my face.
If it bits you instead of a giant fan you may become a Field of Dreams fan. just sayinPretty sure I had a brown recluse on my daybed the other day.
I offered a paper plate to assist in rehoming outdoors, no interest.
Disappeared, having seen it again.
Cats very uninterested.