Doorbell cameras are becoming popular as one of the more affordable options when it comes to home monitoring technology.
The cameras begin recording anytime someone visits your home and some even link to your phone, allowing you to talk to visitors through a speaker when you’re out to ensure you never miss another delivery again.
A doorbell ringing in the dead of night is enough to spook anyone, but one homeowner in Australia had every reason to feel creeped out when he checked the camera to see who – or what – was at the door.
Footage uploaded online shows the camera begin recording an empty porch before the long, hairy leg of a huntsman spider reaches across the screen.
The terrifying-looking spider, known for its speed on the hunt, slowly comes into full view as it completely covers the camera – and the footage is enough to give any arachnophobe nightmares.
It was uploaded to Reddit with the caption: “Old mate kept ringing my doorbell at 2am”, where the user @Xelfer said he had become desensitised to the spiders after previously catching ‘many’ others in takeaway containers to put outside.
When one person asked if it was poisonous, he wrote: “No, huntsmen aren’t poisonous. They’re just big, creepy looking and fast, which is even more creepy if you’re trying to get it out of your house. They just hang around and eat bugs.”
Some people had the same reaction as us, commenting: “I think the f*** not” and “I don’t like it”, but many others were far more welcoming to the house guest.
One said: “Is that a huntsman? Get that boi inside and give him some roaches to snack on.”
A second replied: “What a cute neighbour!”
Another explained: “The infrared light gives warmth. My spiders spin webs in front of the cameras, then my geckos come along and eat them, then the birds come along and eat the geckos, then the snakes come along and eat the birds, then it starts all over again. I just stay inside and try not to look at the cameras.”