Millions of Spiders Invade Tennessee Neighborhood: 'It's Like a Horror Movie'
Residents of a Tennessee suburb are living in what many consider a real-life horror movie, as millions of spiders have suddenly overtaken the neighborhood.
A nearly half-mile-long spider web covers the grass near several houses on May Street and Chelsea Avenue in Memphis, as horrified home owners painstakingly try to battle the bugs, according to reports.
“I’ve seen about 20 on my porch just in the last day,” Ida Morris, who appealed to city officials for help, told WMC-TV.
“There are kids running around. A spider could bite the kids or anything,” Debra Lewis told the television station.
The spiders had reportedly made their way inside some homes and were spotted walls and doors.
"I've never seen anything like this. It's like a horror movie. Never seen nothing like this before," Frances Ward told WMC-TV.
Experts believe the spiders have always been in the area and have gone unnoticed.
“It could be juveniles—millions—in a big emergence event, or adults of a tiny species… leaving for some reason possibly knowable only to them,” Memphis Zoo curator Steve Reichling told the television station.
He said there are often millions of spiders in fields and meadows and that “the presence of these spiders tells us that all is well with nature at that location.”
Of the many species of spiders that are native to Tennessee, only two—the black widow and the brown recluse—are poisonous, according to the Tennessee Poison Center.
“If you suspect that you have a spider bite, contact your primary care physician,” the Center writes.