A mother removed a huntsman spider from her car only for hundreds of its babies to hatch while she was driving down a freeway.
Emma was driving to a petrol station in Adelaide at 9pm on Christmas Day when she first saw the spider.
She removed it on the spot but began noticing baby spiders appearing in her car over the next few days – at which point she stopped using it.
Emma then used a bug bomb in the car to end the infestation and reclaim her car.
The mist from the bomb caught on to the baby spiders’ silk lines in the car – revealing her vehicle’s interior was now covered in web lines.
Adelaide mother Emma found her car covered in web lines (pictured) from baby huntsman spiders after removing their mother from the vehicle
Emma was driving when she saw the huntsman mother (pictured) inside of her car next to the windshield. She stopped at a service station to remove the mother and drove off before the babies hatched in the moving vehicle
Photos show single web strands across a lot of the car but mainly concentrated in the driver’s seat.
Other images show a big huntsman spider on the inside of the car, right next to the windshield and on the glove box.
Emma said she was arriving at a local petrol station on Christmas Day when she first notice the mother spider.
‘As I pulled up, I looked out of the corner of my eye and on passengers side, on the dash was the spider,’ Emma told Daily Mail Australia.
‘I really just stared at it for a while, thinking “what am I going to do with this thing?”
‘I was by myself luckily, my kids would have freaked out!’
The mother said she got out of the car and walked over to the passenger side before trying to remove the spider with her shoe.
‘I tried to get it out while looking through the windscreen to create a barrier but it jumped and ended up on the glove box,’ she said.
Eventually, she was able to squash the spider but was not sure if it was dead.
She decided to ‘swallow her fear’, pick up the spider with some tissues and throw it in the bin – but Emma’s problems did not end there.
Emma first tried to remove the spider while standing outside of the car (left) but it jumped onto the glove box (right). She eventually squashed it with her shoe and threw it in the bin
Emma (left) and her five-year-old son (right) sitting in the car after she used a bug bomb to kill the baby spiders and cleared away their spider silk
Emma has a son, five, and two daughters, aged 10 and 12.
‘Over next couple of days, when I was driving with my kids in the car, babies started coming out of nowhere,’ she said.
‘My eldest freaked out when she saw a baby in the front seat, the other two in the back turned into statues.’
Emma recalled one particularly scary incident when she had to deal with a baby spider while driving down Adelaide’s Southern Expressway at 100km/h.
‘One popped out and I just had to get rid of it while driving,’ she said.
After the Southern Expressway incident, Emma stopped driving her car and began researching how to end the spider infestation.
‘I had no idea, I was googling like a maniac. All the natural remedies weren’t working,’ she said.
Emma then drove to Bunnings in her husband’s car and bought an insect bomb.
‘When I opened the car, there were webs everywhere, the babies were coming down off the roof,’ she said.
‘I went in to try and get my sunglasses out but when I I felt very webby after.’
Huntsman spiders do not produce webs but like other spiders, they do produce silk, which they use to make egg sacs, daytime retreats or to climb.
The bug bomb revealed Emma’s car was full of spider silk (left). She was able to clean away the mess and have it looking as good as new (right)
Baby huntsman spiders often use silk threads to float away on the breeze, so it is likely the babies in the car were trying to leave the vehicle.
‘They were gliding a lot, they were having a party there,’ Emma said.
She left the insect bomb in the car, the mist of which caught on to the webs and revealed them to the naked eye – at which point Emma took photos.
The mother has since removed all the dead spiders and cleaned the spider silk.
Emma’s son was initially hesitant to enter the vehicle but eventually realised it was safe to do so.
‘He wasn’t really happy. He said “no that’s the spider car”,’ Emma said.
‘But he realised now that it was all clean and said “You did a good job mumma.”‘
The mother’s story was later uploaded to Facebook by a radio host, with many commenters suggesting she ‘burn the car’.
Emma, who works in insurance, said: ‘It is not a claimable event, I double checked!’
Emmy said she bug bombed her car, which killed the infesting spiders. Her son told her ‘you did a good job mumma’