Experts warn Australians to look out for venomous funnel-web spiders after recent create the perfect weather for it to thrive
The Australian Reptile Park, Somersby, New South Wales state on Wednesday, reported increase in spider presence, adding how deadly and venomous various funnel-web species are to humans.
"Due to the recent rain and now the hot days we are having, funnel-web spiders are going to start moving around," said park spokesperson Daniel Rumsey. Further adding, "Funnel-web spiders are potentially one of the most dangerous spiders on the planet, in terms of a bite towards humans, and we have to treat it very seriously."
Australia's vast areas in countryside was engulfed by the worst wildfires seen in decades that resulted in the death of at least 28 people nationwide and the destruction of 3000 homes alone in the state of New South Wales.
Thunderstorms relayed some relief to many areas but flash flooding posed new threats as hails the size of a golf ball capable of destroying car windows and injure birds hit parts of southeastern Australia, followed by a massive dust storm.
"Funnel-webs are normally active during the summer, but the spider season arrived later than usual this year because the weather has been 'very dry' in the past few months", said Warren Bailey, owner of ABC Pest Control Sydney.
"Their venom is pretty toxic and can kill someone," he said. "The funnel-webs are now out with the recent rains, (and) they can go into people's houses on the ground or from the roof."