What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Subject: They taking over!!
Location: Johannesburg, South Africa.
October 9, 2013 1:19 pm
My house is being taken over by spiders… ok, I might be exaggerating a bit. I have found four of these guys in my house in the past two days. Three of them have a leg span about the size of a hand (super scary looking) the fourth a lot smaller. It’s the third image. I am in South Africa, inland and it’s early spring. I would really appreciate an identification. I just need to know if I can just keep scooping them outside or if in fact they are trying to eat me.
Signature: Spider-Bait

Huntsman Spider

Huntsman Spider

Dear Spider Bait,
We believe this Huntsman Spider is
Heteropoda venatoria, a species introduced to South Africa, most likely on banana shipments, hence the common name Banana Spider.  You can read more on the Institute for the Study of Invasive Species website.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: johannesburg, South Africa

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