107 Million Spiders Discovered At Wastewater Treatment Plant In Baltimore

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Wastewater Treatment Plant in Baltimore is infested with millions of spiders.

The Wastewater Treatment Plant in Baltimore, Maryland in the United States has become completely infested with spiders. According to investigators, at least 107 million spiders have made their home at the water plant, and 95% of the building’s interior has been covered with webbing made by the creatures.

Most of the spiders that have been discovered on the property are Tetragnathidae, also known as orb weavers. These spiders measure approximately half an inch and are most usually found in swamps or other damp areas. It is believed that the waste water plant was a perfect environment for the spiders who thrive in dark spaces. Animal experts believe that they sustained themselves by feasting on other insects in the locale and drinking the nutrient rich water that was produced at the plant.

The staff who entered the facility were absolutely horrified to find how extensive the spider infestation had become. Back when it was first uncovered in 2009, witnesses claimed that the webbing produced by the creatures had almost completely covered the entire ceiling of the warehouse and was so thick in some places that some fixtures and lighting had been permanently damaged by the spider’s spinning. The webbing of the orb weaver spider can actually as strong as alloy steel. It is believed that some of the webs were being used by the spiders to catch prey whereas other nests were being used for reproduction purposes.

It is still unclear how the employees are planning to tackle the creepy infestation. While many of them may wish to remove the spiders as quickly as possible, there may be conservation issues at play. It is believed that the site is now the home of the most concentrated spider population in the United States of America and therefore the plant could be a valuable resource for researchers.

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