Giant spider-web cloaks Greece coast

Thousands of spiders descend on Greek town & cover it with 300-meter-long web

Arachnophobics, beware - a massive spiderweb in a small town in western Greece has blanketed almost a 1,000-foot expanse of the region's coast.

Giannis Giannakopoulos saw the "veil of webs" this week in Aitoliko, CNN reported.

"It's natural for this area to have insects, no one is especially anxious", he said.

The phenomenon is rare, although the webs have appeared before in other parts of the country.

The giant webs are spun by a very small spider of the Tetragnatha genus ― it's just 0.7 inches long, according to Inside Edition. Basically, hot weather equals more gnats, which equals more spiders, which equals more spider webs. Greek biologist Fotis Pergantis, president of the Messolonghi National Lagoon Park, told CNN that the webs will likely be there until temperatures start to drop and the gnat population dies out.

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"When these temperatures last long enough, we can see a second, third and fourth generation of the gnats and end up with large amounts of their populations", he said, adding that the spiders will multiply en masse if there are enough gnats.

An increase in the mosquito population is also thought to have contributed to a large number of spiders in the region.

"It's the simple prey-predator phenomenon".

Although neither the gnats or the spiders are risky to humans, CNN predicts getting rid of the webs will require a lot of dusting.

"The spiders will have their party and will soon die". But Aitoliko residents will need to do a lot of dusting.

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