Unexpected wet weather guests
may think you know who’s living at your place but, chances are, most of us are entertaining a few mystery house guests.
I was reminded of this during the recent wet weather as I was preparing for bed when I looked towards the door to see a decent-sized huntsman spider positioned next to the doorway architrave.
While I’ve never been too bothered by spiders (quite fortunate, I know given Australia has more than its fair share), I’m not really comfortable with handling them either.
But living in an old house, I’ve had to accept that along with the charming period air vents, chimneys and notquite-sealed windows, we’re going to offer a haven to various creatures.
While the family cats tend to make short work of any unfortunate mice that cross our threshold, spiders seem to slip under the radar.
In our case, it is mostly huntsman, who pop up every couple of months. Given the location of this one, catching it was going to prove difficult. So I left it and went to bed, reminding myself that while they look menacing, they are, in fact, harmless.
When I woke the next morning, it was kind of worse. Because if there’s one thing worse than seeing a spider in your room, it’s not seeing a spider.
A short time later though, it reappeared and was relocated outside. Nothing scary to see here.
Just don’t let me near cockroaches. Those guys really give me the creeps.