Eek! Thousands of Baby Spiders Fall from Bay Area Skies.

Towns across the San Francisco Bay Area are getting an early dose of Halloween fright, as thousands of spiders fall from the skies.

“On social media, residents reported seeing gobs of white spider webs floating and sticking to surfaces in San Francisco, San Jose, Danville, Gilroy and more,” the San Francisco Chronicle reports.  

“Inside those webs are baby spiders seeking new places to live, according to Fred Larabee, an assistant professor of biology at San Jose State University. The process is called ballooning or kiting.”

Nope.

Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope.

A variety of spiders do this, according to UC Berkeley's Eddie Museum of Entomology — some big and some small. The creepy crawlers you see floating in the sky could be crab spiders, wolf spiders, orb weavers or all of the above. They’re not harmful in any way. But if you’re one of the millions of Americans with arachnophobia, that’s of little comfort. 

Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District Manager Jake Smith says he’s observed spider kiting in the district’s parks several times throughout the years. But something is definitely different this time around. Experts speculate that those heavy winter rains or a recent heat wave could be responsible for the eight-legged deluge.


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