Spider season blooms early in Balboa Park

Posted at 7:26 PM, Sep 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-14 22:26:43-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - The eight-legged population is overrunning parts of Balboa Park a bit earlier than usual this year.

Spider season is in full bloom in San Diego. 

From Rancho Penasquitos to downtown, people say they are finding webs just about everywhere including hiking trails

One person wrote on a local Reddit thread they stopped hiking because there were so many webs.

Chris Conlan works with San Diego County Vector Control and says there's nothing on usual with what folks are seeing.

“They hatch out in the spring and they’re small and make very small webs,” said Conlan. "But as they begin to grow over the course of the summer and beginning of fall where we are right now, they’re much larger they tend to spin bigger webs and those are they kind of webs people walk into freak out and do the spider dance."

Conlan says the webs people are bumping into on trails are likely orb weavers’. They are poisonous, but their venom is not toxic to humans like other spiders.

“It’s really just the black and the brown widow that people need to worry about and they tend to spin more out of the way webs in corners and dark places," said Conlan. "They’re not the type of web you’re just going to go walking through."

Conlan’s advice for folks’ encountering spider’s homes is as good anyone’s.

“Carry a stick in front of you,” said Conlan with a laugh. "And be prepared to wipe web off your face from time to time.”