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PHOTOS: Idaho woman wondering if giant spiders at her house are from Australia

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Pest control experts believe the woman saw trapdoor spiders Pest control experts believe the woman saw trapdoor spiders
LACLEDE, Idaho -

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A few days ago we received a message on our Facebook page from a woman in Laclede, Idaho saying she has been seeing some unusually large spiders at her house. 

The weather is getting warmer and you'll probably be seeing some spiders coming out to enjoy the sunshine. Let's be honest, for most of us, any spider is a "large spider." But then we saw the photos. 

This woman was dealing with a large, nasty-looking arachnid. 

She told us she did some research and thought the spider was possibly a "Mouse Spider," which is native to Australia. At first glance, a side-by-side comparison of the two made for a compelling argument. But how and why would a spider native to Australia be in north Idaho? 

We sent KHQ's Liz Burch up to the woman's house to speak with her, get a look at a deceased specimen, and chat with some pest control experts on what kind of spider they think might be lingering in Laclede. After examining the dead spider, pest control believes it is in fact a "Trapdoor Spider," which are found in North America. Their venom is not considered deadly to humans. 

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