‘Kill it with fire’: Huge spider scare
ENTERING a room a dark figure loomed in a corner above.
When Laree Clarke looked up she was met by an eight-legged monster.
Unsure of what to do, and unwilling to get close to the huntsman spider, she put a call out on the Bluewater News Facebook page.
"Is there anyone that could remove this from my house?? Now!???" she posted.
Her comment was met with wild responses of how to best remove the spider, ranging from the traditional method of placing a container lid over it and sliding a lid underneath to hitting it with a broom and even burning it.
Ms Clarke said she tried to remove the spider, about the size of an adult's hand, with a container.
"I don't have a container that big! When I went near it with the phone light it come at me raising it fangs and legs. Hell nahhhh!" she said.
Ann Forrester recommended she stun the spiders with rolled up socks.
"Throw hard to stun it then sweep out side fast and jump on it. No chance of it returning," Ms Forrester said.
The suggestion of killing the spider with fire was met with a warning.
Erin Cairns raised the example of when a person attempted to burn a spider with an aerosol can and lighter.
"I encourage you not to take the Mt Isa approach which is deodorant and a lighter as you can burn the house down and make the news," Ms Cairns said.
Ms Clarke was able to reach a safer resolution when her call out to have someone remove the spider was met.
She said the spider was released safely.
Huntsman spiders are regarded as "perhaps our largest and most fearful or spiders" according to the Queensland Museum.
"Most Huntsmen are harmless but evidently are responsible for vehicle rollovers because they get inside the windscreen and move across it while a panicked driver reacts," the museum said.