A mum has been advised to “burn the car” after she found a huntsman spider had hitched a lift with her – and things only got worse.
Mum Emma said she was arriving at a petrol station close to her home in Adelaide, Australia, on Christmas Day when the spider began crawling along the dashboard on the passenger’s side.
She said she stared at the creature “thinking ‘what am I going to do with this thing?'”, and eventually managed to remove it from the car to seemingly put an end to the ordeal.
But the situation only got worse as baby spiders started appearing all over the vehicle days later, forcing her to abandon it.
She told the Daily Mail : “Over next couple of days, when I was driving with my kids in the car, babies started coming out of nowhere.
“My eldest freaked out when she saw a baby in the front seat, the other two in the back turned into statues.”
Emma says she even had to deal with a baby spider while driving down a busy road and began researching the best way to remove the spiders from the car.
When all the natural remedies she found online failed to work, she borrowed her husband’s car and drove to purchase a bug bomb.
She says after avoiding using her car for a few days, she opened the door to find the spiders’ silk covering the vehicle and “babies were coming down off the roof”.
“They were gliding a lot, they were having a party there,” said Emma, who works in insurance.
The spiders have now all been cleared out and the mum says her son was very hesitant to go back into the “spider car” until he was reassured it was now safe.
Despite their intimidating appearance, huntsman spiders are not considered to be dangerous, and are said to usually run away rather than become aggressive. They can lay up to 200 eggs.
Emma’s story was uploaded to Facebook by a radio host, where people in the comments suggested she “burn the car” and cut her losses.