‘It’s Like a Horror Movie’: Thousands of Spiders Invade Tennessee Neighborhood

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If you’re scared of spiders, one’s enough. But thousands? Millions? Time to really freak out.

That’s the predicament residents in one North Memphis, Tennessee, neighborhood find themselves in after thousands — or more — spiders began invading their homes.

“It’s like a horror movie,” resident Debra Lewis told CNN affiliate WMC in Memphis.

The spiders are coming from a nearly half-mile-long web, part of what Memphis Zoo Curator Steve Reichling told the station is a natural “mass dispersal” of harmless, beneficial arachnids.

Try telling that to Lewis and her neighbors Frances Ward and Ida Morris.

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

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

“You can’t even sit in her house because they’re all on the wall, on the door,” Lewis said. “We been killing spiders for about an hour now.”

Reichling says the creepy-crawlies are harmless sheet web spiders.

On Twitter, the editor-in-chief of the Memphis Business Journal called for immediate civic action.

“The most important story right now is this North Memphis spider infestation,” Greg Akers wrote. “Has anyone made an app tracking it’s movements yet?”

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