LIFESTYLE

Aussie HEATWAVE triggers funnel-web ‘plague’ in backyard pools

Families warned to check their pools carefully.

Aussies are being warned about an impending funnel-web ‘plague’ as the deadly spider seek cooler temperatures in backyard pools.

While they can’t swim, funnel-web spiders are able to breathe underwater by trapping air bubbles next to their skin. Pool-owners are warned that spiders at the bottom of pools may be very much alive.

As the heat above ground climbs, many seek refuge in cool bodies of water including swimming pools.

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