It's spider mating season and people are tweeting their not-for-the-faint-hearted experiences
As an arachnophobe, writing about spider mating season is extremely difficult.
Suddenly your hair brushing your shoulder is a potential attack. That frayed sofa edge casts a giant arachnid-shaped shadow on the floor. And now you've read everyone else's spider encounters there will be no sleeping for the week...
The bad news is that right now male spiders are on the hunt for female spiders - many are marching through your home, under your duvet, over the shower, across your sofa, into your shoe... They'll mate and make baby spiders which will emerge in the spring.
Lord help us.
Just last month JK Rowling admitted she has a fear of spiders when she posted a pic on Twitter of a large one in a jar and revealed her husband had to save her.
I am a strong, independent woman. Also, thanks very much to my husband for dealing with this so I could go through the door it was blocking. pic.twitter.com/nytaftNcIw— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) September 18, 2017
Rowling said: “I am a strong, independent woman.
“Also, thanks very much to my husband for dealing with this so I could go through the door it was blocking.”
She's not alone. Across the country people are tweeting about their experiences with our eight-legged friends and it seems there's something of an invasion.
Here's a sample of the battles taking place:
Oh nothing beats when there was a house spider in my towel & I thought my hair was tickling my forehead nope it was the leg of a spider— Anne (@IrishGirlVibes) September 26, 2017
There's a spider..... somewhere.......in this room pic.twitter.com/1hxLObkXtc— MattB (@MattFB14) September 26, 2017
Saw a HUGE spider crawl under my bed. Who needs sleep anyways? Lol. Help. Pls— Hayleigh Martin (@0hayleigh0) September 26, 2017
So I open my wardrobe, only to see spider running down inside of door. ‘Hello’, says he ‘I’m in a big hurry’. So I helped him along.— Carmel (@creme99) October 3, 2017
When the big spider in the shower isnt moving but the minute you get in he starts moving and making a run for you pic.twitter.com/NB8i2Rj4Ga— Happiness-In-Reznor (@RebeccaReznor) October 3, 2017
There was a spider on the ceiling. Now it's gone missing. Fuck sake pic.twitter.com/sUueQPD4Uc— Aisling O'Grady (@AisOGrady) October 3, 2017
If I had $1 for everytime I see my arm tattoo out of the corner of my eye and think it's a spider on my arm I'd be very wealthy— Delaney Aby Saalman (@AbySaalman) September 29, 2017
If a spider is so big that it has a SHADOW: Move out. That spider now owns the house . Probably has its own set of keys already https://t.co/qReE8uuDR8— kate o shaughnessy (@katieshox) September 27, 2017
I bit this spider and now it has man powers. He's taking up the whole couch manspreading with 8 legs. I'm on the floor. This is terrible pic.twitter.com/e8vwOUUTPg— NATHAN!!! (@StockmanNate) September 26, 2017
And just as you say that I look over near my door and there's a spider in the corner just above it. They know we're talking about them. pic.twitter.com/IHfXySGjPX— Luke Wills (@Willzinator) September 26, 2017
Spider season is truly upon us.....this monster was(and still is) in my garden today!!Ah well he’s more afraid of me....apparently!! pic.twitter.com/UEqID2sRGz— Dave (@XxDave11xX) September 26, 2017