Millions of spiders cause scare in Memphis neighborhood: ‘It’s like a horror movie’

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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 spiders.

According to WMC, 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.

Experts tell WMC, neighbors should not be concerned.

“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,” Memphis Zoo curator Steve Reichling told WMC.