I'm actually a fan of spiders. They do a lot of good work in gardens, and even around around the house. They take care of other, more annoying bugs that can be bothersome, so for that I'm grateful.
That being said, there are certain places that I really don't want them weaving their magical webs. Like across my front screen door. This visitor (sorry for the blurry pictures but he was really moving), decided to build his web in what seemed like a sensible place. At least for him. It was across the corner of my screen door by the front light. Perfect place to catch his prey. But it did make it difficult to open the door.
There is minimal research about the success of using peppermint oil to keep spiders away, but there are many stories, such as my own. It seems to work pretty well. Some say putting peppermint plants around will help, but I haven't found them to work. Our Mint Dream Mist does, though. It contains a diluted blend of peppermint, spearmint, and wintergreen mints and has a bright, sinus opening fragrance.
I use Mint Dream Mist in the winter around the bed to help me breathe easier when I'm all stuffed up. And I'll use it during the busy spider season to keep our little spider friends away from certain places, like I did with the door.
A note of caution: Don't spray it directly on your pillow. It does contain essential oils. If you get it near your eyes it will sting. Also don't use it in areas where pets sleep or frequent. Some are extremely sensitive and it could cause your pup or kitty problems.
If spiders are your nightmare creature, give a little mint to your dreams. It may help. At the very least you'll breathe well.