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Australians warned to watch out for deadly funnel-web spiders

Australians warned to watch out for deadly funnel-web spiders”

Australia's head, which faced many more deadly disasters such as dust storm, flood and hail as if this was not enough, this time the funnel spiders are in trouble.

'I'm the spider catcher in my house, ' she said.

As such, people should be wary of shoes and piles of clothes, as these are some of the things that the spiders might burrow in when they can not find their way back to their own burrow before daylight.

It's a very natural thing to want to bash a spider with the longest pole you can find, but those who do stumble across one are encouraged to do the opposite.

The photos were shared by Newcastle-based pest control company BugStop, which issued a dire warning to residents. You can survive underwater for 24 hours. Check your pool and filter every day before letting the kids in, ' the company said.

A huge weather event ripped through parts of Australia last week, bringing fierce winds, heavy rain and golf-ball sized hailstones.

'They don't mean to come across humans, they are just looking to breed'.

A statement from the Australian Reptile Park says: "The wet weather over the weekend has seen an increase of the number of spiders wandering about". Although funnel-web spiders are quite risky, capturing - not crushing - them has its benefits.

'They adapt well to urban lifestyles and can often be found in shoes.

In homes, Sydney funnel nets prefer cool, damp places like laundry, garage, or shoes that aren't on the floor.

Rumsey recommended keeping your hand about 20 centimeters from a funnel-web spider at all times, and to use a steel spoon to push the spider into a glass jar or plastic container.

There are more than 30 species of funnel-web spider but the Sydney funnel-web spider, atrax robustus, holds the Guinness World Record for the most venomous spider in the world and is only found in the greater Sydney region, in the moister forests of the upper north shore and Woronora Plateau to the south.

The deadly funnel-web spider is expected to thrive in Sydney after recent wet weather followed by hot days created the flawless conditions for the arachnid. "Their venom is pretty toxic and can kill someone", he said.

'Our aim is to milk 3,000 funnel web spiders annually to send the raw venom we milk to Seqirus, who create the antivenom for hospitals around Australia.



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