Until now, Australia has been ravaged by the worst wildﬁres seen in decades, with large swaths of the country devastated since the ﬁre season began in late July. Flash ﬂooding created new risks.
And now it’s another warning. Experts are warning people in Australia about a new danger: deadly funnel-web spiders. Native to the moist forest regions of eastern Australia, several funnel-web species are known for their highly toxic and fastacting venom. Their increased activity was observed right now. “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,” park spokesman Daniel Rumsey said in a video warning. The spiders can be anywhere, anytime. They can go into people’s houses on the ground or from the roof.
“Their venom is pretty toxic and can kill someone,” Warren Bailey, owner of ABC Pest Control Sydney, told media. Others venomous spiders are also present in Australia. In normal conditions, however, only up to six people / year died by spider bites in Australia.