A Scottish woman was “mortified” when five concerned police officers turned up at her door only to find her screaming at a spider.
Hollie Hunter said she freaked out so badly when she saw a “massive spider” in her bedroom on Monday night (Sept 6) that a neighbour rang the police fearing for her safety.
However, when Police Scotland officers arrived at her flat in Livingston, they found that the 30-year-old woman was not being attacked but needed help with an eight-legged intruder, the Irish Mirror reports.
“I was launching books at it, and when it ran towards me I screamed and started running to different rooms,” she told the Edinburgh Evening News.
She went on: “I think I was screaming and crying and making such a racket that my neighbour thought I was being attacked.
“I looked through the peephole and five policemen were standing there. I opened my door, and before they could say anything I just cried, ‘I’m so sorry there’s a spider under my bed and I’m petrified!'”
She said the officers found the spider underneath her mattress and removed it, but “not without laughing” at her.
In a post on Facebook, Ms Hunter said she had “never been so mortified” adding that “it’s time to seek help for my phobias”.
A spokesman for Police Scotland said officers were called to a disturbance at a property in Livingston at 10.20pm on Monday.
“Suitable advice and assistance was provided and the spider was located and removed,” he added.
This strange run-in with a creepy-crawly comes following the news that thousands of sex-starved spiders are set to invade homes this autumn.
At this time of year, spider mating season commences as numerous spiders come in search of a partner
The male spiders will go around longing for females, that they often find in our homes. After finding them, the female can lay up to 100 eggs.
Spiders usually come out when the first leaves begin to fall, typically from the beginning of September to mid-October.