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Woman finds 20 venomous mouse spiders on the bottom of her swimming pool - as experts issue a grim warning as temperatures begin to rise A Darwin woman found up to 20 mouse spiders lying at the bottom of her pool Experts say while they look dead mouse spiders can last underwater for 24 hours Australians have been warned to brace for more spiders over warmer months 

By Eliza Mcphee For Daily Mail Australia

Published: 03:52 BST, 28 September 2020 | Updated: 04:09 BST, 28 September 2020

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Australians have been warned to keep an eye out for dangerous spiders as the mercury begins to rise ahead of summer. 

Lauren Merritt from Darwin, was horrified to see almost 20 venomous mouse spiders lying on the bottom of her pool last week.  

Experts have urged residents to keep a distance from the unwanted visitors explaining that while many were found underwater, most were likely still alive.  

Lauren Merritt spotted up to 20 mouse spiders lying in her pool in Darwin last week

Lauren Merritt spotted up to 20 mouse spiders lying in her pool in Darwin last week

While the spiders are small in size experts have warned bites can be severely painful and can cause illness in small children

While the spiders are small in size experts have warned bites can be severely painful and can cause illness in small children 

Julian Bracewell from Pest2Kill, a pest control company in Sydney's eastern suburbs said September to May was their busiest season for spider sightings.

He said it was common for Mouse spiders to fall into swimming pools, but warned the creatures can usually survive.

'They're not always dead, they can stay alive for quite some time  - up to 24 hours,' Mr Bracewell told Daily Mail Australia.

'A lot of people confuse Mouse spiders for Funnel Webs because they're very similar looking and are ground dwelling as well.'

Mouse spiders are found across Australia and have similar physical characteristics to Funnel Webs - which have fatal bites.

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