Thousands of brown recluse spiders terrorized a family out of their suburban St. Louis home.
Brian and Susan Trost purchased a $450,000 home by Whitmoor Country Club in Weldon Spring in October of 2007. Soon after, they reported seeing brown recluse spiders everywhere.
Susan recalled an incident where she was showering and a spider fell from the ceiling and washed down the drain. She told KMOV-TV in 2012 that the spiders “started bleeding out of the walls” and claimed that two pest control companies were unable to terminate the army of spiders.
The couple took legal action in 2008, filing a lawsuit against the previous homeowner for not disclosing the spider problem.
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During a civil trial in St. Charles County in October of 2011, Jamel Sandidge, a biology professor at the University of Kansas, estimated that there were between 4,500 and 6,000 spiders in that home. These calculations were made during the winter season, when spiders are least active.
The jury decided to compensate the couple with more than $472,000. Unfortunately, the previous owners declared bankruptcy and the insurance company still hasn’t made a single payment.
The couple moved out two years ago, and the home is now owned by the Federal National Mortgage Association. In an effort to finally eliminate the spider infestation, the home was covered with nine tarps this week. Workers filled it with a gas that penetrated throughout every corner of the home.
Tim McCarthy, president of the company hired for the ambitious extermination job, is confident that the spiders are gone for good.
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