Un­ex­pected wet weather guests

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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.

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