Aussie's 'nightmare' discovery on ceiling: 'I can't sleep in here'

While terrifying, it is not an uncommon occurrence in Australian homes.

For some, looking up at their bedroom ceiling to find it crawling with hundreds of tiny, black spiders is the start of their worst nightmare. But for one Aussie, this was her reality.

Meredith had walked into her bedroom and could not believe how many baby spiders she found sprawled across her ceiling. "Oh my god, a spider has had babies in my room," she said while filming the creepy crawlies. "I can’t sleep in here — they’re everywhere."

While it's not clear exactly what species of spider the babies are, it is common for huntsmen, black house spiders and daddy longlegs to lay eggs inside homes.

Image of hundreds of small spiders on a white ceiling.
The tiny spiders were crawling across every part of her ceiling. Source: TikTok/Getty

No matter how common it may be, the woman joked she would "need a new worst nightmare" after hers "just came true", with many others who had experienced the same infestation agreeing.

"This happened the night of my engagement party. I got home went to the toilet and the roof was black," one shared. "Had the same thing the other week, came down to my lounge room and couldn’t believe what I’d seen," another revealed.

While some recommended Meredith use bug spray immediately, others let her know a vacuum is a good method when dealing with a situation like this — something pest control expert Christopher Moschella has told Yahoo in the past.

Eerily similar to another recent spider invasion

Not the first to experience the horror of finding a colony of baby spiders on her ceiling, another panicked woman recently made a desperate plea online after returning home from a week away to find "a million tiny spiders" had moved into her bedroom in her absence.

From the close-up photos, experts were able to confirm to Yahoo News Australia they were baby huntsman spiders — and the images looked eerily similar to Meredith's ordeal.

For those wanting to let the spiders live, expert Emeritus Professor Dave Rowell, previously told Yahoo this is definitely doable if they are huntsmans as "they will be gone in days" without help needed.

"Huntsman spiders are usually solitary (there are a few social species, but the one pictured isn’t), so they disperse very quickly," he said. "They won’t hang around and grow into big spiders inside the house."

He added they are also not considered dangerous, "although big ones can give a painful nip".

According to Rowell, in spring and summer, it takes roughly 30 to 60 days for a spider egg sac to hatch and the process can take twice as long in the colder months. Depending on the spider and the size of the egg sac, between 60-100 spiders can hatch at one time.

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