They're just BIGGER NOW:
The arachnid explosion that ripples across Western Washington in late summer and early fall is nothing more than the kids growing up.
Hatched out in early May, the ubiquitous species known as European cross spiders spend their early days out of sight of all but the most dogged spider-hunters. Their tiny webs are tucked deep in the bushes where they chow down on bugs — and grow. Now they're reaching adulthood....
At the same time the region's most obvious outdoor spider seems to be everywhere, our largest house spider is also at its most active. Males of Tegenaria gigantea, the giant house spider, are on the prowl. And some are as big as your hand.
You hear that?
It's nothing more than small things becoming HUGE things and perhaps sentient things that may or may not be—but almost certainly are—plotting to climb into my eyes while I sleep and have millions of babies that will also grow to be the size of dogs. Last night, one of them was "on the prowl" on my bathroom wall. I could not catch it—because they move like the wind—so it's still in there (constantly growing) and prowling for me when I am at my most naked. I'm showering in the yard from now on.
Thank you, Casey, for this traumatizing tip.