The Central Valley is getting ready for an invasion of big spiders. Mid-October through mid-November is when male tarantulas go searching for females who are in their dens.
Many cross roadways around dawn and dusk — and never reach their goal.
Becky Hoag, who lives in a development just west of Patterson, says she knows not to be intimidated.
“The tarantulas I’ve come across are very friendly and they don’t aggressively attack anything. If you approach the they’ll actually just stop and they move very slowly and they don’t scare me a bit,” said Hoag.
Tarantulas can be aggressive. Often females kill the males after the courting is done.
The town of Coursegold in Madera County holds a Tarantula Festival later in October in honor of the annual appearance of the spiders.