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Fri Oct 10, 2014, 04:26 PM

Thousands of venomous spiders force family from upscale Missouri home

WELDON SPRING, Mo. -- A family was driven from their suburban St. Louis home by thousands of venomous spiders that fell from the ceiling and oozed from the walls.

Brian and Susan Trost bought the $450,000 home overlooking two golf holes at Whitmoor Country Club in Weldon Spring in October 2007 and soon afterward started seeing brown recluse spiders everywhere, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. Once when showering, Susan Trost dodged a spider as it fell from the ceiling and washed down the drain.

An expert on brown recluse spiders told CBS affiliate KMOV-TV that the creature's bite can be very serious depending on how much venom is injected.

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At a civil trial in St. Charles County in October 2011, University of Kansas biology professor Jamel Sandidge - considered one of the nation's leading brown recluse researchers - estimated there were between 4,500 and 6,000 spiders in the home. Making matters worse, he said, those calculations were made in the winter when the spiders are least active.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/thousands-of-venomous-spiders-force-family-from-upscale-missouri-home/


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scarystuffyo Oct 2014 #1
Warren DeMontague Oct 2014 #12
WhiteAndNerdy Oct 2014 #14
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scarystuffyo Oct 2014 #3
alcibiades_mystery Oct 2014 #4
notadmblnd Oct 2014 #5
freshwest Oct 2014 #11
Hugin Oct 2014 #16
freshwest Oct 2014 #17
Nye Bevan Oct 2014 #6
notadmblnd Oct 2014 #7
EX500rider Oct 2014 #8
star14 Oct 2014 #9
GeorgeGist Oct 2014 #10
Warren DeMontague Oct 2014 #13
Hugin Oct 2014 #15

Response to herding cats (Original post)

Fri Oct 10, 2014, 04:30 PM

1. .

 

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Response to scarystuffyo (Reply #1)

Sat Oct 11, 2014, 03:47 AM

12. Is it me, or does it look pissed?

Also kinda looks like that kid from Fat Albert with the hat on his head.

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Response to Warren DeMontague (Reply #12)

Sat Oct 11, 2014, 03:53 AM

14. When I was a kid,

I always thought that looked like a giant wad of bubblegum pulled down over his head.

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Response to herding cats (Original post)

Fri Oct 10, 2014, 04:33 PM

2. I like spiders, but this is a bit much.

And that type is not good. I wonder why there is such a huge amount of them. Doesn't seem to be good for the species to live in such a dense population.

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Response to logosoco (Reply #2)

Fri Oct 10, 2014, 04:35 PM

3. ,

 

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Response to herding cats (Original post)

Fri Oct 10, 2014, 04:37 PM

4. Oh, hell naw

 

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Fri Oct 10, 2014, 04:47 PM

5. Wouldn't most people just call an exterminator?

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Response to notadmblnd (Reply #5)

Sat Oct 11, 2014, 03:44 AM

11. From the link:

Susan Trost told KMOV-TV in 2012 the spiders "started bleeding out of the walls," and at least two pest control companies were unable to eradicate the infestation...

After suing and getting nothing. the couple moved out in 2012. Now in the hands of the Federal National Mortgage Association, the house was enclosed and gassed this week. I've seen this techique used to rid a house of termites that were in the walls.

They dealt with it for over 5 years and then left, with a financial loss.

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Response to freshwest (Reply #11)

Sat Oct 11, 2014, 04:18 AM

16. That doesn't surprise me.

Spiders are often not killed by most pesticides unless it is sprayed directly on them. In fact, the previous spraying may have made matters worse by killing off any natural enemies the spiders may have had.

Spiders are second only to clowns on my list of things I dislike.

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Response to Hugin (Reply #16)

Sat Oct 11, 2014, 04:33 AM

17. Clowns are top of my list, too.

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Response to herding cats (Original post)

Fri Oct 10, 2014, 05:06 PM

6. On the plus side, they probably had no problems with yellowjackets and houseflies.

Always a sliver lining.

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Response to Nye Bevan (Reply #6)

Fri Oct 10, 2014, 05:40 PM

7. Did you know that they nest together?

usually in the soffiting (sp?) of your house. However, yellowjackets are tame compared to a nest full of Bearded Wasps

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Response to herding cats (Original post)

Fri Oct 10, 2014, 05:56 PM

8. Nuke the entire site from orbit--itís the only way to be sure!

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Response to herding cats (Original post)

Fri Oct 10, 2014, 06:04 PM

9. SPIDERS!!!

 

I did not even like reading this post...CREEPS ME OUT

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Fri Oct 10, 2014, 09:09 PM

10. The true story of Gone Girl.

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Sat Oct 11, 2014, 03:52 AM

13. The good news is, no one will being going into that house for at least a month

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Response to herding cats (Original post)

Sat Oct 11, 2014, 04:00 AM

15. I wonder if releasing some poultry to roam the property

Would help.

I've often wondered that and according to the farm knowledge of one of my late friends hens will eat spiders if they can get to them.

Just a thought.

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