It seems to me there are way too many spiders around the place this year! Our garden is absolutely full of them, and they've all linked up their webs together to block off pretty much the whole patio! I was watering the plants, and the hose didn't even penetrate the webbing, it 's crazy, I even saw one doubling up its threads for reinforcement when I went near it! We've now got one living in the porch light too, I'm not really sure how it got in there, it's huge! Apparently the conditions are perfect for spiders in the UK this Autumn, so they're on the increase.. just as long as those false widow ones stay away though, that's all I ask!