A Canadian woman who lived in Australia for seven years has shared the worst encounter she’s ever had in Down Under.
Ioana Dragnef has lived in Queensland, Victoria and New South Wales during her time away from her home country.
The woman had recently had a heart-stopping attack by a Huntsman spider in which the spider fell on her face and crawled up her spine.
Ioanna previously lived in harmony with the spider because she was not afraid of the creepy crawler.
But her fearsome encounter causes her to complete change tactics and slay every spider she encounters.
Ioanna Dragnev (pictured) lived in Queensland, Victoria and New South Wales during her time away from home
The woman shared the chilling story in a video posted to TikTok.
“This is the worst encounter with a giant spider I’ve encountered in Australia,” she said.
Ioana lives in Queensland where Huntsman spiders are somewhat common.
“Some (spiders) are really giant and some are as big as my hand.”
Huntsman spiders are not venomous and pose no technical danger to humans, but they do like dark, damp places.
“I’m not afraid of spiders,” she said, “so this hunter has been living in my house with me and my dog.”
But her luck will soon change.
“We lived in harmony—until one day I left some beach towels on a shelf in my bathroom, and they fell into the bathtub.”
Ioana then began describing a terrifying chain of events: she picked up a towel and wringed it, then watched in slow motion as a giant spider (pictured) fell on her face
Ioana then began describing a terrifying chain of events: She picked up a towel and wringed it, then watched in slow motion as a giant spider landed on her face.
‘He proceeded to crawl all over my back and into my shirt,’ she recalls.
“I screamed bloody murder, pulled it out of my shirt, and that’s when it got personal.”
“I don’t know why I thought letting her live inside my house was a good idea at first, but you live and you learn.”
The Canadian expat revealed that she killed every single spider after that encounter.
“In short, I burned my whole house down,” she joked in the caption.
Many were equally shocked by the spider’s size – but they jumped to their defense.
“Huntsman spiders eat flies, which is why I let them stay,” said one of the men.
It’s a good idea to keep them in the house because they kill White Tail Spiders, you don’t want a White Tail in your house.
Others were on Ioanna’s side.
“It hurts as hell when Huntsman spiders bite you.”
This picture made me gag, absolutely not.
Ioanna (pictured) is a Canadian woman who has lived in Australia for nearly seven years and has shared the things that scare her the most about Down Under.
Ioana previously thought giant Australian spiders are ‘actually good’ and said she isn’t afraid of snakes but ‘huge’ crickets is where she draws the line.
in videoThe Newcomer said that cockroaches are her “biggest brains” in residing in Australia and many viewers agreed.
“I lived in northern NSW for about a year and a half close to the beach and our house was so infested with cockroaches we had to fumigate it twice a year,” she said.
It was huge, it was flying out of the lamps. I also have huge cockroaches on the gold coast too.
Ioanna thought the giant Australian spiders were ‘actually good’ and said she wasn’t afraid of snakes but ‘huge’ cockroaches is where she draws the line
Ioana shared another clip of herself about not being able to sleep due to a cockroach and gecko visiting her bedroom wall.
“This is probably my biggest problem in Australia – cockroaches,” she continued.
The Canadian video quickly garnered thousands of views and many Australians in the comments agreed with her.
“As an Australian, you are absolutely right. One of the women replied.
I have had one fly in my mouth while I was sleeping. It was huge. It was such a violent instinctive reaction that it exploded. rewrite.
‘I hate them so much.’ One of them said while another man said they use your face as landing pads.
Another agreed: “The absolute worst is when they fly at you, disgusting and scary.”