Real Life Horror: A Million Spiders Invade Memphis

Spiders Invade Memphis

In Memphis Tennessee some residents say it looks like a horror movie is playing out in their neighborhood. That’s because it’s been infested with millions of spiders.

Residents on May Street and Chelsea Avenue said their neighborhood has been infested with spiders. The eight-legged problem is causing headaches for the homeowners. The nearly half-mile long spider web covers the grass near several homes. Neighbors say the spiders are crawling on their porches; one homeowner says they sometimes cover the door of her home.

Memphis Zoo curator Steve Reichling said “It’s a mass dispersal of the millions of tiny spiders that have always been in that field, unnoticed till now. It could be juveniles – millions – in a big emergence event, or adults of a tiny species – probably a sheetweb spider – leaving for some reason possibly knowable only to them. In fields and meadows, there are often literally millions of spiders doing their thing, unseen and unappreciated by us. I would not want to live in a world where such things were no longer possible. The presence of these spiders tells us that all is well with nature at that location,” 

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