Good one, Jude!
We once had a largish spider start building a web in the tub in our unfinished bathroom. We only use that tub for soaking, and didn't have a need to disturb the spider for several days. Finally, my husband and I wanted to soak in the bath (It's a pretty big tub!
) and I had to oust the spider. I carefully convinced it to climb onto a folded newspaper and tossed it onto some construction materials on the other side of the bathroom. It fell to the floor with an audible thump!
I felt so bad! Poor thing must have had a 3 foot drop after it slid off the tile saw.
I cleaned out the large, intricate web in the tub and we had our soak. After a couple of days, we noticed that same spider building a small web in the upper corner of the room. After watching it for a day, we decided it was definitely an egg sack. The next morning when I was in there brushing my teeth, I heard a small thud, like when I originally tossed the spider.
The egg sack was done.
The spider was dead.
I felt unaccountably sad. I'll move the egg sack somewhere sheltered outside soon. Don't want all those babies hatching inside. There really isn't enough for them to eat in the house!
I abused a pregnant female. *sigh*
I wonder how karma's going to get me on that one?