Does spiders serve any useful purpose in the garden? I seem to be having an unreasonable amount of medium sized black spiders scutteling around in the garden right now (don't seem to be the web building variant to trap flying insects like mosquitoes - I'm trying to look at the ones making webs on my washing line as mossie killers. - but the far too quick scutteling around on the ground ones). Now this is England so I'm not in any concern about dangerous to humans or pets spiders. But I am one of those sissies that really, really dislike spiders - and will break your eardrums coming across a big one indoors, outdoors I can just about handle them. But there's so many of them this year. Perhaps if I know that they do serve a useful purpose - like cute little worms or bees - I may be able to stand them a bit better in the garden (indoors - never!) and battle the urge to reach for the insecticide, or at least a big stick and go on a smashing spiders spree, each time I'm out there as, as I said - I really, really, really dislike spiders. So do they?