The cats always let me know when something is in the house, and by "something," I mean a lizard, wasp, beetle, snake (!), or other critter. Violet, my long-haired black cat, was pawing at something on the carpet. Because she has long hair, she sheds it everywhere. I've learned not to pick up her hair before I see that it is actually her hair and not a spider! That has happened before, so that's why I always look closely.
Well, she was not pawing at her hair - it was a big spider. I grabbed a shoe and smashed it. Then I got two tissues and picked it up, smushing it, for good measure, to make sure it was dead. I threw it away in the kitchen garbage can.
A few moments later, I saw Violet pawing at something on the carpet by the foot of the bed. Another big spider! Same routine: grab a shoe, kill the spider, get two tissues, pick it up, smush to make sure the spider is dead, and throw it away.
And again! Another one, same size. I was starting to get worried. If I see one spider, no big deal. But three big spiders...I began thinking that they must have hatched all at the same time, somewhere in the bedroom.
And then, a fourth spider! This one was smaller than the other three, but it was the same color brown. I thought to myself, "It's a good thing I don't have arachnophobia."
I don't know why spiders don't make me scream, but roaches do. It's automatic - if I see a roach, I scream. Snakes have that same effect on me, whether I see them in the house or in the garden. I don't always scream for lizards, but frogs jumping on me make me scream.
I hope the spiders are all gone......