Here’s What You Need To Know About Tarantula Season In San Diego

Around this time each year, residents in suburban and rural areas like Poway, El Cajon and Ramona start reporting tarantulas crossing streets, wandering backyards, hiding in homes or even floating in pools.

Officials with the San Diego Natural History Museum say it's mating season for tarantulas, and the males are simply out "looking for love."

Experts say that despite their spooky size and appearance, tarantulas are "extraordinarily docile," and are "very, very unlikely to bite" a human.

Tarantula venom, is in fact, not potent enough to seriously harm a human.

Locals are asked not to interfere with the spider's mating rituals, as they play an important role in the County's desert and grassland ecosystems.

That's because tarantulas eat other spiders, millipedes, centipedes, crickets and lizards, keeping those populations in check.

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