Terrifying footage shows the deadly funnel web spiders which experts say are set to swarm suburban homes in the coming weeks.
Members of the public have been urged to be on the look out for world’s most venomous arachnid, which are expected to emerge in large numbers amid Australia’s warm, wet weather.
If caught carefully, the deadly spider can save lives, and experts are asking those who come across one not to kill it.
The species can be ‘milked’ for antivenom that can be used to reverse the deadly impact of spider bites.
In the footage posted on Facebook, Craig Adams from SSSafe said catching funnel webs in containers aren’t difficult because they don’t jump and have difficulty climbing up smooth surfaces.
Despite having lengthy fangs, said to be longer than snake fangs, they don’t hold a lot of weight meaning funnel webs will find it difficult to bite.
Mr Adams urged residents in Sydney and Wollongong not to leave their shoes outside or to at least check there aren’t any funnel webs inside.
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University of Technology Sydney’s Bryce Peters, an expert on urban entomology and pest control, told Daily Mail Australia warmer temperatures meant more insects.
‘Insects don’t control their own body temperature, that’s done by the ambient temperatures,’ Mr Peters said.
‘The warmer it is, the more active insects are and the faster they breed. Heat and humidity will certainly affect their populations.
‘Spiders are relying on the insect population to get their food. The insects then will support the spider population. The two go hand-in-glove,’ he said.
Head zookeeper at the Australian Reptile Park, Dan Rumsey, told the Nine Network there are ‘hotspots’ to look out for the deadly critters.
‘Obviously gardens are number one. Key areas would be shoes at the back door,’ he said.
Funnel web spiders are the worlds most dangerous spider, but if caught carefully, they can be used to help save lives
If people want to catch funnel web spiders, Mr Rumsay advises to use a glass jar with holes in the lid, and use a long plastic ruler to guide it in.
‘If you’re close enough to touch them they’re close enough to bite you,’ Mr Rumsey said.
The Australian Reptile Park only has 20 antivenom stocks available, compared to the hundreds they prefer to have for summer.
They’re the only institution in Australia that milks the deadly creatures and creates antivenom from their venom.
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