WATCH: Pest controller finds huge huntsman, 100 spider babies living in Queensland roof

Mel Buttigieg

A huge huntsman and her babies gave a Brisbane pest controller an unexpected surprise when he went to inspect a roof space last Friday.

Noel Parminter was conducting a termite inspection at a home in Kholo, north of Ipswich, when he came across a mother huntsman protecting her hatched egg case.

He recorded the close encounter with the spider family, while the mother can be seen keeping a close watch over about 100 babies.

A huntsman and about 100 baby spiders was found in a Queensland roof space during a termite inspection. Picture: Auswise Pest Control
A huntsman and about 100 baby spiders was found in a Queensland roof space during a termite inspection. Picture: Auswise Pest Control

The Auswise Pest Controller told 7 News Online the mother would have been about 20cm long if her legs were stretched out, which would make her "on the larger side" for the species.

He said the "lovely specimen" was one of the biggest he had seen in his 16 years in the pest control business.

"They look more fierce than they are... Those spiders can be beneficial in the insect world because they keep the population down."

The protective mother was keeping close watch of her hatched babies. Picture: Auswise Pest Control
The protective mother was keeping close watch of her hatched babies. Picture: Auswise Pest Control

As their name implies, this breed of spider are hunters and live off cockroaches, moths and other insects - even small lizards, according to Mr Parminter.

"These guys can't kill you... They are not overly venomous [to humans] and classified as a non aggressive spider."

While the thought of 100 spiders crawling overhead would give most people the heebie jeebies, he said his clients were not bothered by the eight-legged intruders.

Noel Parminter of Auswise Pest Control said huntsman spiders were classed as 'non aggressive' and help to keep down the insect population. Picture: Facebook
Noel Parminter of Auswise Pest Control said huntsman spiders were classed as 'non aggressive' and help to keep down the insect population. Picture: Facebook

But social media users disagreed, with some commenting saying they would burn their house down if they came across a spider family like the one in the video.

"No need for that.. just call me 👍" Mr Parminter responded.

The Facebook video has been viewed almost 7000 times since it was shared on Friday.