Terrified woman's modern method of removing 'dinner plate-size' huntsman

Tom Flanagan
·News Reporter

A selfless neighbour has come to the rescue of a terrified Queensland woman after she discovered a huntsman spider “the size of a man’s hand” inside her home.

A horrified Laree Clarke found the giant arachnid in the corner of her room at her Toolakea Beach home in Townsville on Tuesday.

“I was shocked and nervous ... it was so big, 6-7 inches,” she revealed to Yahoo News Australia.

A giant huntsman spider sits in the corner of a woman's room. Source: Supplied
Laree Clarke couldn't believe her eyes when she stumbled across the giant spider inside her home. Source: Supplied

Desperate to get the intruder out of her home and unable to bring herself anywhere near it, she took to a local Facebook group asking for help.

“Is there anyone that could remove this from my house?? Now!???” she asked.

Dozens of people responded to her plea, yet very few were there to offer help and merely revealed their disbelief at its size instead.

“Looks bigger than dinner plate size,” one person noted.

“I’’d be running FAR FAR AWAY,” another declared.

“I think I'm going to cry,” one woman admitted.

Ms Clarke had to call for help removing the spider. Source: Facebook
Ms Clarke had to call for help removing the spider. Source: Facebook

While several urged her not to kill the spider as it was harmless and would in fact help her keep insects at bay, she revealed she had no intention of ending its life.

“I went near it with the phone light.. it came at me raising its fangs and legs,” she revealed in an update.

Some urged her to use a plastic container to move it but she said she didn’t have any large enough to do so.

And of course, there was a handful of “burn the house down” jokes swamping the comments section.

The spider was eventually relocated outside by a neighbour. Source: Supplied
The spider was eventually relocated outside by a neighbour. Source: Supplied

After several hours of distress, Ms Clarke was eventually helped by a local woman who turned up at her house to remove the spider.

“I had one of the ladies up the road to come over and remove it with a container and some paper and released it on a tree,” she told Yahoo News Australia.

She said the spider has since moved on from the tree, with Ms Clarke hoping it doesn’t return to her home.

It comes a month after a South Australian woman found a Huntsman and its offspring lurking inside her mailbox.

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