Orb weavers, common garden spiders, are more noticeable in late summer – they've been eating thousands of insects all season and are big enough to be visible and to shoot their webbing longer distances. But not for long – after laying her eggs, the spider dies. After fall, you won't notice garden spiders much until next year.
Waving a stick in front of you as you walk will help keep spider webs out of your hair, but some spiders can rebuild their webs in less than an hour. Capture the spider in a container with a lid and relocate it to an area you won't walk through.
Spiders fight pests inside the house, too. If you must remove them, try knocking them into a glass or other container and tossing them outside. Or use a vacuum.
Spiders are safer than garden and household pesticides
Many pesticides are linked to serious human and pet health problems such as cancer, asthma, neurological disorders and birth defects. Pesticide exposure is more common than spider bites according to United States poison centers data. It's also important to note that few pesticides are formulated for spiders and those that are only work if you spray them right on the spider.
There is little reason to worry about being poisoned by a spider in this region. Black widows are extremely rare around here. And while some people worry about hobo spiders, local scientists say that current evidence does not support claims of harm from hobo spiders.
If you're still worried, wear gloves and long sleeves when moving an old woodpile or cleaning out a crawl space.