Millions Of Spiders Invade Memphis Neighborhood (Photos)

| by Brendan Kelly

A Memphis, Tennessee, neighborhood is infested with millions of spiders.

“It’s like a horror movie,” resident Debra Lewis told WMC on Nov. 20.

The spiders come from a nearly half-mile long web. Memphis Zoo curator Steve Reichling says the infestation is a natural “mass dispersal” of harmless sheet web spiders. 

No matter how harmless they may be, residents of the neighborhood are not pleased with their new neighbors.

“They’re just in the air; they’re flying everywhere,” Lewis said. “They [are] all on the house, on the side of the windows.”

“When I got up this morning, it was like spiders all over my door; they were coming in my house,” resident Frances Ward said. 

Ward, Lewis and another neighbor, Ida Morris, are making an effort to have the spiders removed, but the process is slow. The neighbors say they just want the city to help them get rid of the arachnids.

“Clean this area up and spray for these spiders and make it safe,” Lewis told WMC. “There are kids running around. A spider could bite the kids or anything.”

While the neighbors continue to wait for the city to deal with their problem, the residents are left killing the spiders one at a time. 

Sources: WMCKTLA / Photo credit: WMC