This will take your arachnophobia to a whole new creepy level.
For eons spiders in Ipswich, northeast of London, kept setting off an alarm, tuned to “It’s raining, it’s pouring,” which must now be christened scariest nursery rhyme of all time.
The Ipswich Star detailed the ordeal in magnificent fashion under the headline, “Mum’s nursery rhyme nightmares solved by late-night crack team.”
That, after what it called a “tormented mother” living in Bramford Road dealt with the freaky ear-worm for a year.
Town council said it tracked the “spooky” sound to an industrial area where it learned the song was set up to go off by motion sensors to deter intruders. And, the sound was not meant to carry quite so far.
Nor did anyone anticipate eight-legged trespassers.
“We are now aware of the problem,” a spokesman for the industrial site to the newspaper. “The motion sensors were being triggered by spiders crawling across the lenses of our cameras and it looks like we’ve had it turned up too loudly.”
Good luck getting to sleep after hearing this.
Which brings us to this other thing that goes bump in the night.
Spiders have also been setting off Kelly Brenner’s doorbell far across the pond in Seattle.
The author and naturalist wondered what was kicking the motion sensor into action. And, then she checked her home security footage.
“I cut together the videos of the culprit,” she wrote on Twitter, along with images that will instantly make you feel itchy.
Four times last night somebody set off our doorbell motion sensor. I cut together the videos of the culprit. pic.twitter.com/7lbuM7ojAN
— Kelly Brenner (@MetroFieldGuide) September 30, 2018
Main photo Ipswich Borough Council/Facebook