I've Ahracaphopia! I can deal w certain Lil Spiders &let em go thr merry way. But, I too would've FREAKED OUT! Seeing that creepy BEAST! I HATE FURRY ones the most! In AZ- thrs 36 Species of Tarantulas. ONLY one I HATE! Its the only one thats aggressive&will run towards you&jump unto your feet! They are Black&have tan backs&bigger than the others! The Females are always larger in all the species. This Species..I SWEAR! Hand> Bible! Females size of a large man's hand! We've had 4Species on our Sonoran Desert 5a.c.'s. Smallest are brown bodied&have blond hairs. Other is light cocoa powder brown&last dark chocolate brown.these other species will curl up&try to hide from you,or I take a broom &nudge em along&they walk away. Again theses HUGE BLACK ones will jump unto the broom, run after you, rear up&show thr FANGS! A Real Life NIGHTMARE!
WORSE YET! I live in small desert valley&own Micro Climate. Past 3yrs we've not received our 7-10" of MONSOON RAINS! Cacti are dying, Coyotes, Javalina&Mountain Lions coming into our yards looking for water! With that said... Tarantulas also Migrate this exact time of year! Wild Life Employees put notices up in/on Park&State lands>>> abt letting Tarantulas crossing the roads. Thrs 30-60 of them in a group! I've not seen it but.. 3yrs ago to date Over 56 of the HUGE BLACK SPECIES, migrated to my property!* Didn't see happen BUT, Every early evening as Sun set..thr would be 2-4 daily, out my front door. In my Lantana Bushes&sidewalk! Where I sit always! One night, one crawled up unto my foot, one leg at a time! I kicked it off! I know use a Stepping Stool&keep my feet up fro ground! I'm a sincere animal lover! But! In the 2yrs since they came...we killed 24 the first yr they came&the other 22 folwg yr. I couldn't find no one to come &get them! We couldn't go outside&sit&they went after my Lil Chihuahua dog! &My cat! She totally freaked when she saw one! We let ALL other Small Species stay! For they EAT the CAROLINA WOLF SPIDERS!&OTHERS! Think of them as Lil mice w extra legs. I've even petted 2 of the Cocoa Brown ones before. The C.Wolfs need to go&Brown Recluse&Black Widows&many others we've got! Unlike our neighbors..who only plant Cacti. I've got many lush green, bushes that flower non stop. Everyone complements our landscape but,ALL living things can smell the humidity&green smell also, that's why they migrated here. A feast if Insects awaited them. I'm in fear of it happening again! Always Labor Day Wknd, is when you see them. No rains this year....I'm PARANOID AS HELL!
Don't bother commenting to me abt how I killed them...I made calls for help, searched for ppl who Buy&Sell them... NEVER A RESPONSE! We were living A HORROR MOVIE! They crawled up the screens when we did get some light rains! Sat at ledge of all Doors&You couldn't go out,they would RUN INSIDE! I've been waiting to see what BABIES could show up?