Normally, by this time of year my house is inundated with spiders, their webs, and their egg sacs. It is a constant battle to keep them in check between late summer and early winter. THIS year, however, I think I've only sent three on the magic Hoover ride to the compost bin. THREE! Before we had chickens, we paid about $600/yr to have someone come spray the property to keep the bugs & spiders relatively in check. By this time next year, the chickens will have almost paid for their coop just in bug control fees. ... and they do a better job of it, too!