It looks like this year people have been noticing a massive invasion of spiders across the country that we haven't really seen before. Seriously, they're popping up everywhere. I'm not just talking about regular spiders, either. These things are seriously getting huge!
TL;DR A federal government building in Ottawa has spent over $18k on fumigation expenses after discovering what they thought to be a brown recluse spider. Although it was confirmed the spider was not actually poisonous, taxpayers are still left with the bill caused by the arachnid invasion.
The thought of how scary these new alien-like critters really are came to me last night when my very own nightmare came to life. A large, fuzzy spider scurried across my bedroom wall. Needless to say, I haven't been in the room since.
It looks like I'm not the only one totally grossed out by the big eight-legged monsters. It turns out, so is the federal government.
The Shared Services Canada building in Ottawa was immediately evacuated back in June after employees claimed to have spotted a brown recluse spider. This spider is extremely dangerous, so workers were sent home for two days.
A second sighting of the poisonous spider occurred in October, which again led to an evacuation. The spider was caught this time, and while awaiting results on whether or not it was an authentic brown recluse, managment had the entire building fumigated to prevent any other spider invasions.
This is when employees realized they had made a massive mistake, as test results confirmed that the spider was not a brown recluse but instead a yellow sac spider.
These spiders are supper common in the area and aren't harmful to humans, meaning the days off work, intense fumigation, and other precautions were all for nothing.
Since the events that led an entire building of government workers to panic over an arachnid, they've been sent an $18,000 bill for the exterminator's services. Who's left on the hook to pay for the hefty expense? Well, that'll be taxpayers.
You know spiders really are becoming an issue when even federal government workers are taking days off to avoid the critters!
Until the population of spiders begins to die down (later into winter when temperatures are below freeing) we'll just have to deal with the looming thought of catching a scurrying arachnid at every corner, and paying for the government's massive bill.