Sometimes, the most terrifying things are discovered when you look in your own backyard.
That was the case for one Canberra woman, who has scared thousands on TikTok with her video of an impressive army of spiders lurking right outside her door.
In the clip posted by TikTok user Elyssa, hundreds of spiders — believed to be huntsmen — can be seen swarming the nest just above her back door.
"That's f**ked," a man can be heard saying in the background. "Holy s**t."
The camera zooms up on the nest where someone uses a stick to lift up parts of the web, showing more spiders crawling out
"There's so many," chimes in another man.
Just as you think you've seen it all, the mother of all spiders pops up from under the side of the roof, causing the people watching the yell out in fright.
"Oh my god," multiple people can be heard screaming before the video cuts off.
'Burn the house down'
The clip posted to TikTok is only nine seconds long, although that's nine too many for most users.
"Burn the house down," one TikToker commented.
"I’m sorry you lost your everything due to the house fire," another joked.
"I’m from Oz and I had no idea they got that big!" another explained.
"Literal Monster movie," declared someone else.
It's not the first time TikTokers have suggested burning whatever possession a spider has commandeered, with many suggesting a TikToker burn her car after in a viral video showing a huntsman spider on the windscreen of a car in a McDonald's drive-thru in Melbourne.
According to the Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife, there are 94 known species of huntsman in Australia but it’s believed there are plenty more yet to be discovered.
They are relatively harmless to humans and useful in controlling mosquito and cockroach numbers.
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