It's a real bugger if you get bitten so that is what freaks people out. If I have to get a spider, it does creep me out a little, as I have been bitten before, but I just remind myself I'm bigger and faster than him too! lol The one time I got bit, I never even saw the spider and I didn't even realize I got his venom until the next day. Ouch!
The only reason that snake last weekend didn't scare me was because I recognized it as just a harmless water snake.