Pest control company is taking drastic measures to rid the home of 5,000 brown recluse spiders



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One family bought the house in 2008 and later found it was infested with 5,000 brown recluse spiders, which a spider expert estimated.

WELDON SPRING, MO (KMOV) – A home in an upscale Weldon Spring neighborhood that has been overrun by brown recluse spiders is finally getting rid of the eight-legged creatures.

Crews have covered the house, which is near the Whitmoor Country Club, with a huge tent and pumped in poison gas to kill the spiders.

One family bought the house in 2008 and later found it was infested with 5,000 brown recluse spiders, which a spider expert estimated. The family sued the previous owners, saying they had not been informed of the spider problem. The house was eventually foreclosed. An expert on brown recluse spiders said the creature’s bite can be very serious depending on how much venom is injected.

“It won’t kill you, but it will make you wish you were dead,” said Jamal Sandidge of the University of Kansas.

An exterminator said there was a specific reason a house might be infested when nearby houses did not have such problems.

“Often people bring them in, you can move out of a house where they are. You buy things at auction, you have furniture in the warehouse, brown recluse spiders are often carried straight into the house, ”said Tim McCarthy of McCarthy Pest and Termite Control.

The family who sued the previous owners has amassed more than $ 100,000 in legal fees. McCarthy said it would cost around $ 14,000 to get rid of the spiders.

One family bought the house in 2008 and later found it was infested with 5,000 brown recluse spiders, which a spider expert estimated.

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