Man launches ‘annihilation mission’ after finding world’s largest spider in car
A quick-thinking bloke said he "saved the neighbourhood" after he launched an "annihilation mission" to get rid of one of the world's largest spiders.
Jared Splatt, from Melbourne, Australia, discovered the huntsman spider in the boot of his car alongside an egg sac.
He admitted he came across the "horrific sight" after not opening his boot for a while and said he was "grossed out and shocked" by the scary scenes.
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Speaking about the ordeal, Jared said: "I was cleaning out the car to drop some friends off to a winery and I’m now glad I opened the boot.
“I was greeted with a giant huntsman and egg sac on the left hand side.
“My initial response was revulsion but then seeing the bloody thing guarding the egg sac took it to another level.”
The female huntsman produces a white egg sac of papery silk, carrying up to 200 of her young.
Faced with the prospect of being overrun, Mr Splatt lived up to his name.
“I was fairly grossed out and shocked,” said the 39-year-old.
“At first with the egg sac I thought ‘oh that’s cute it’s got a backpack’, then it dawned on me what it was.
“The realisation I could have hundreds of baby huntsmans crawling through the car quickly turned it into an annihilation mission.”
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He continued: “I grabbed the can of mortein and went to town – scorched earth like Les Grossman in Tropic Thunder.
“I flicked it off the car, covered it in white chemical death and then promptly stomped on the egg sac; some green goop shot out.
“My view was I’d saved the neighbourhood from 200 plus one huntsmans.”
Mr Splatt also checked under his sun visors – another favourite hiding place for huntsmans – to make sure there weren’t any other nasty surprises waiting.
Jared knows some won’t approve of his actions.
But it wasn’t the most extreme solution he considered.
He said: “The result may not please the spider lovers but can you imagine hundreds of huntsmans crawling throughout your car?
“Umm yeah – no thanks, I’d rather torch the vehicle if that happened.”
Huntsman spiders are not usually aggressive but females have been known to inflict painful bites on humans when defending their egg sacs.
The spiderlings take up to three weeks to hatch.
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