Georgia Woman Finds 30 Brown Recluse Spiders in New House: “We Should Just Burn It Down”
A woman in Paulding County, Georgia says dozens of poisonous brown recluse spiders have entered her home and she doesn’t know how to get rid of them.
Nicole Photianos told WSB-TV 2 that she found the 30 spiders right after they moved into their new home.
The dangerous brown recluse has a distinctive violin-shaped mark on its upper body. The spider’s habitat is native to the United States and stretches from Nebraska to Ohio and in the south from Texas to Florida, according to pest control specialist Orkin.
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Photianos said she contacted the former owners of the house who said they had never come across the brown recluses in the 10 years they lived there. She believes the spider problem could be linked to a four month period during which the house was empty and workers tried to solve a mold problem.
“I think they always lived in this house, they always lived in that house, they just got out when they did that [mold] Work, ”she told WSB-TV 2.“ They were just everywhere. ”
“I’m just saying we should just burn it down,” she joked.
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As the name suggests, the brown recluse is a shy animal, although the Occupational Safety and Health Agency (OSHA) warns that it can inject toxic venom if it bites. Symptoms can vary from none to very severe. “There is often a systemic reaction within 24-36 hours that is characterized by restlessness, fever, chills, nausea, weakness and joint pain,” say OSHA experts.
“Although bites from brown recluse spiders are rare, the venom can sometimes cause serious wounds and infestations should be taken seriously,” states the University of Kentucky’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environment on its website. “People who have been bitten by a brown recluse spider should apply ice, lift the affected area, and see a doctor immediately.”
“Brown recluse spiders are difficult to eradicate, mostly because of their mysterious habits,” she adds. “Virtually any dark, undisturbed area can serve as a shelter, and many such places are inside buildings. For this reason (and the potential health hazard), treatment is best carried out by professionals. “
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