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Huntsman Spiders - they are so misunderstood

Huntsman Spiders are found living under loose bark on trees, in crevices on rock walls and in logs, under rocks and slabs of bark on the ground, and on foliage. Dozens of the social huntsman species can be seen sitting together under bark on dead trees and stumps but they can also be found on the ground under rocks and bark slabs.

Huntsman spiders have a tendency to seek shelter before rain storms, often entering human habitations when doing so and terrify people by scuttling out from behind the curtains. They are also notorious for entering cars, and being found hiding behind sun visors or running across the dashboard.

There are lots of advantages of keeping the Huntsman inside, because they are real hunters. They don’t build webs, so that’s the first big advantage; nobody likes to see cobwebs in their house. They catch their prey by chasing them down. They eat the critters that you really don’t want in your house; cockroaches, flies, smaller spiders and other small unwelcome insects.

The natural tendency when confronted by a spider that’s almost the size of your own hand is to be scared, very scared but the reality is, he is more scared of you than you are of him. 

If you find a huntsman spider it is because we live in the bush, you can evict them using a container and gently placing them outside.