Although it has almost eliminated the emerging Coronavirus, Australia is facing an invasion of spiders in many homes in the country, which put Australian cities in crisis to deal with the “spider plague.”
According to the British newspaper “Daily Mail,” the large spiders with long legs and known for their speed, which is called hunter spiders, have appeared in large numbers this season, causing cities across the country to face “spider plague.”
Pictures and videos circulating on social media showed “terrifying” footage of spiders spreading widely inside homes.
But Dr. Lizzie Lowe, a spider pathologist at Macquarie University, said that these spiders are harmless because they have poor eyesight, are usually confused, and are not very venomous.
“The hunter spiders will not deliberately attack humans because they are small and look very bad. They can bite humans, but they will not do much harm,” said Lowe.
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Dr. Lowe advised residents to leave the young hunter spiders alone, as they usually “eat each other in the nests,” which greatly reduces their numbers without the need for intervention.
The specialist said that the outbreak of spiders’ phenomenon dates back to the breeding season for spiders in Australia and that several spiders make multiple rounds to reproduce in the same house, which results in many young. Still, the scarcity of food they need will not keep them for long in homes.