Australian Woman’s Foot-Long Spider Infestation Will Make Your Skin Crawl.
Nature and Travel
On 20th March 2017
Most of us read "Charlotte's Web" when we were kids and we were cool with spiders at the time. Some of us even liked and still like "Spiderman" because he's a badass web-slinger. But when does that arachnophobia kick in? Uh, probably when you find a huge freaking spider in your letter box and a nest of thousands of her children. That's when any fuzzy feelings you had for spiders go out the door and you start screaming in terror. Then, after you've successfully managed to calm yourself, you run outside where it's safe and you call a pest control expert to get rid of your creepy crawly dilemma.
#1 Spiders generally don't care whose house it is they're nesting in when they decide to breed.
All they care about is that the conditions are ideal and safe so that they can lay their eggs. It can be inside a letterbox or the wall of someone's home.
#2 This nest in a home in Kholo, Queensland was huge and was located on the roof.
So clearly it could have been pretty difficult for the homeowners to grab a can of RAID and spray the nest when it's safely high above.
#3 Now if we found this on the roof, most of us would scream, panic, and then probably move.
But the homeowners weren't willing to leave their home, so they sought out help in getting rid of this menace.
#4 So pest control expert, Noel Parminter went in to tackle this arachnid infestation and put an end to it.
When he walked in and discovered the next, he was stunned. It was quite possibly the worst infestation he'd seen in his entire career, and he's been doing this for 16 years.
#5 Keep in mind that this is Australia, where there are lots of poisonous creatures lurking around.
In fact, some pests can sneak up on you, and if a horde of these creatures comes at you, they can actually kill you!
#6 The fact that Noel was willing to risk it all to assess the infestation proves that he's a brave man indeed.
First, the tiny spiders scattered when he shines his flashlight on the nest, but there are hundreds upon hundreds of them.
#7 But the biggest shock was the mother spider who had been laying her eggs.
She was as huge as the nest itself, and it would have understandably terrified even the most experienced pest control experts, but Noel was fearless.
#8 The fact that the nest is as big as most people's heads is very creepy indeed.
But all those tiny arachnids aren't nearly as intimidating as that of an almost foot-long mother spider that's hovering above him.
#9 Shockingly enough, Noel doesn't run away screaming for his life.
Instead, he carries on with his job, his mission, his calling, and he's as cool as a polar bear's toenail, because most hunters know that fear can get you hurt or killed.
#10 Noel recorded the entire experience so that he could later post it on his Facebook page.
But he warns anyone that if they're squeamish or downright horrified of spiders, then they shouldn't press play.
#11 Oddly enough, huntsman spiders aren't dangerous to other human beings, which was fortunate for him.
Noel claims that while their size is considerably menacing, their bites aren't poisonous, but it might hurt like hell.
#12 Spiders are pretty much one of the smartest creatures on Earth, and they also make intricate webs too.
But you probably didn't know that they had the ability to feel the vibrations you make as you walk. So when you see one and you scream, you might notice them reacting, but that's probably because they're as afraid of you as you are of them.
#13 It's a good thing that it was just a nest of huntsman spiders and not something much worse.
Australia is known for its Sydney funnels and red back spiders, both of which you'd probably want to stay as far away from as possible.
#14 Noel does what most people wouldn't dare to do which is to check homes for termites and other insects.
Unfortunately, as the owner of Auswise Pest Control in Acacia Ridge, near Brisbane, he had to deal with eight-legged monsters that the rest of us refuse to share a room with.
#15 When he posted the video of the spider infestation, it went viral within 24 hours.
In fact, the video notched up more than 56,000 views in just a few short hours, and he described the huntsman's nest as an interesting find.
#16 He also added that when he finds nests as huge as this, he calls it evidence of dark forces at work.
Noel then wrote on the Facebook post that he was "able to get in close and blew them a kiss". That's probably right before he snuffed them out.
#17 Imagine a massive huntsman spider nesting on a roof with hundreds of its offspring lurking around.
It sort of makes everything you moan and complain about at the work seem totally irrelevant when compared to this swarm of spiders.
#18 Natasha Joyce, from Bendigo, Australia, opened up her letterbox expecting to find mail.
But what she found was something worse. It was a terrifying huntsman spider and hundreds, perhaps thousands of her babies crawling inside.
#19 The homeowner was terrified, but at the same time very happy for the huntsman spider.
Natasha claimed that the hairy beasts are misunderstood insects, and the last thing she wanted to do was hurt them, but she certainly wasn't thrilled that they were in her letterbox.
#20 The massive spider was like a creature from the film "Alien" and had chosen her mailbox to reproduce.
It certainly wasn't in the mood to move out of the letterbox in a hurry, at least, not until she laid all of her eggs.
#21 The colossal spider was busy guarding its egg sack until the joyous day came and its spawn made their debut.
Now most people would have been horrified, but Natasha was actually overjoyed when she found this nest of huntsman spiders.
#22 The spider eggs hadn't even hatched yet, so she had plenty of time to call an exterminator.
But Natasha didn't do that. She was more than happy to allow the mother spider to stay in her letterbox until her babies were born.
#23 As news spread of her tolerance for the huntsman spider nest, they also became quite popular in the neighborhood.
Local kids in the area began visiting the house, particularly the letterbox as if the whole thing were nature's exhibit in a science contest.
#24 Natasha and her family continued to check in on the mother spider every day until the big event occurred.
When the eggs hatched, there were at least two hundred of them according to Natasha and everyone was incredibly excited about it.
#25 So she filmed a video showing the legion of miniature spiders crawling around their proud mommy.
While the mother spider, which Natasha's nephew dubbed Hortense, gets aggressive when she open the letterbox, Natasha points out that for the most part, pests like the huntsman often move on by themselves in a few days.