Well, the tarantula mating season is in full swing in the Verde Valley. Just yesterday I came across three in Sedona and Cottonwood. This time of year the big males go cruising for the ladies.
These spiders are a big gentle giant and get a bad reputation because of their size. A lot of times after a heavy monsoon rain you can find them walking across the roads. Have only heard of them getting into homes when doors or windows are left open.