Thousands Of Brown Recluse Spiders Force Family To Abandon Home

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Thousands of Brown Recluse Spiders Force Family To Abandon Home
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“It's not going to kill you, but it will make you wish you were dead a lot of the time."

A home with a view over the Whitmoor Country Club has been vacant for two years due to a massive spider infestation.

The home was infested with between 4,500 and 6,000 brown recluse spiders, according to one estimate.

The home has since been foreclosed and hasn't sold to a new owner since it was abandoned over two years ago. Blue-and-orange tarps now cover the house as exterminators try to get rid of the spiders and eggs with 200 pounds worth of sulfuryl flouride gas, that is being pumped into the residence at 67-degrees below zero.

"Once it's all up then the real action has to start... and that's the gas," said exterminator Tim McCarthy.

Susan Trost is suing the previous owners for failing to report that the spiders were infesting the house prior to the purchase her family made on the home. Trost testified that she contacted a pest control company that came in on a weekly basis, spraying the interior and exterior and setting down sticky traps.

She hired another company to remove the insulation from the attic and put down a pesticide powder.

"After the attic treatment, it seemed to help for quite a while, although we were still capturing them," she testified. "It just was a decline; they weren't gone."

In 2008, the Trosts filed a claim with their insurance company, State Farm, and a civil lawsuit against the home's previous owners, Tina and David Gault, for allegedly not disclosing the brown recluse and other problems with the home.

A leading brown recluse expert says the spider's bite can be serious depending on how much venom is injected.

“It's not going to kill you, but it will make you wish you were dead a lot of the time," said Jamal Sandidge, an expert at the University of Kansas.

He said there's no evidence as to why one home may become infested while others nearby haven't had any problems.

"You can move from a house that has brown recluse, they're in your stuff, they're in your boxes… you're bringing them with you. You buy things at an auction, a garage sale, you inherit furniture, you have furniture in storage, you bring it back to your house,” McCarthy said. “Many times brown recluse are carried right into the house." CBS46 News

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