A Michigan mother is still in shock after spotting a giant spider in her young son’s bedroom. According to ABC 15, the spider the mom found is so big it doesn’t even belong in the state.
The mother, Jillian Duke, and her family live in the Spring Hill Apartments in Shelby Township, in the greater Detroit area. She was checking on her 21-month-old son in his bedroom on Wednesday morning when she spotted something very strange.
The oddly shaped mass was reportedly so large that Duke initially thought it was a ball of thread. “I looked over and thought it was a big ball of thread, and it turned out to have eyes and it was a big spider,” Duke said.
“I was about to reach for it and kind of backed off and said that’s just too much string,” she added. Although she dropped some heavy books on the giant spider, Duke immediately called her husband and parents for help. Duke said her father’s reaction shocked her more than anything.
“He’s 73, he’s pumped all over the country, he couldn’t believe the size of the spider and he’s never seen anything like it,” Duke said.
Because the giant spider had been so close to her son, Duke took her to Pets & Things on Van Dyke Road in Utica to be examined.
Workers have contacted entomologists and specialists at the Cranbrook Institute of Science and believe they have finally identified it.
“Australian Huntsman Spider, which would be one of the largest spiders in the world, but is completely harmless aside from having an allergic reaction to its venom,” said Randy John Lee, a Pets & Things employee.
Specialists say this spider is not native to Michigan. In fact, it is not even found on this continent. “It wasn’t supposed to be here, it probably came from a tropical plant,” Lee said.
With a young boy at home, Duke is now extremely concerned about the discovery in her apartment. “The thing is huge. It needs a leash,” Duke said.
Lee said the giant spider was likely shipped to Michigan in some plants from a shop that sells trees and flowers, but he can’t be sure at this time.
After Duke asked maintenance at the apartment complex to spray for bugs, others took to social media to reiterate their concerns.
“I live in these apartments. You absolutely must spray!! The spider is beyond nasty but I’m not a big fan of the giant carpenter ants, wasps and other smaller spiders that frequent our building,” one woman wrote on Facebook.
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