'Hire an exterminator': Nest of huntsman spiders found on oven

Yahoo News Staff
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A woman has shared horrifying photos of hundreds of huntsman spiders making themselves at home on an oven.

The photos were shared to the Australian Native Animals Facebook page and have received over 250 comments since they were shared on Tuesday.

“Baby huntsmen and the massive mother spider,” the woman wrote.

The photos show hundreds of little spiders on an oven door. The woman explained in a later comment that the oven wasn't hers.

She added the home owner wasn't keen on killing the spiders, so they turned the light off and left them there.

"Hatched in the most inconvenient spot!" one person remarked.

"Made themselves well at home," another person commented on the post. A few people also pointed out that a slug can also be seen on the oven.

A huntsman and what appears to be several baby spiders were spotted on an oven. Source: Facebook/Australian Native Animals
A huntsman and what appears to be several baby spiders were spotted on an oven. Source: Facebook/Australian Native Animals

"Cute... but creepy at the same time," another person said.

"Put them outside with spider mum."

Spiders in photos are most likely harmless

Australia is home to several species of huntsman spiders and despite their intimidating appearance, they are mainly considered to be harmless.

“As with most spiders, they do possess venom, and a bite may cause some ill-effects,” the Australian museum explains.

“However, they are quite reluctant to bite, and will usually try to run away rather than be aggressive. In houses they perform a useful role as natural pest controllers.”

Though, some people expressed their concern with the spiders, suggesting a new oven and home is necessary.

"Stuff made of nightmares!" one person said.

"If I didn't move I'd hire an exterminator," another person said.

"Spiders in the house are a huge nope for me, and I don't care how 'harmless' huntsmen are supposed to be."

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