Brown Recluse Spiders Invade A Home Causing The Owners To Abandon The Property

October 26, 2017 | Posted In: General

Brown Recluse Spiders Invade A Home Causing The Owners To Abandon The Property

Halloween is in just a few days, and one home in Missouri would make for an ideal haunted house. We have all found spiders in our homes before, and many of us are never pleased to see them. Luckily, most of the spiders that we spot within our homes are just harmless house spiders, but not always. One ranch home that is located in Weldon Spring, Missouri has a particularly serious spider infestation, and these are not just any spiders. You have certainly heard of brown recluse spiders before. If you have never heard of these spiders, then just make a mental note to avoid spiders that are referred to as brown recluses. Brown recluse spiders are one of the few types of spiders in the world that will cause a person to experience serious health problems after being bit. Sometimes brown recluse bites can cause the skin surrounding a bite to necrotize, or to put it another way, die. The venom that these spiders inject into their victims is tremendously potent, and most bite victims will require professional medical attention.

In 2007 Brian and Susan Trost purchased the now infested home for the large sum of four hundred and fifty thousand dollars. Unfortunately, the couple’s dream home had already been claimed by brown recluse spiders. The spiders appeared quickly after the Trosts had finished moving all of their possessions into the home. After many court battles with the realty company and the former owner, the Trosts decided to abandon the home as the multitude of brown recluse spiders was increasing and making their daily lives rather stressful. The home quickly became dangerous for human occupancy.

The house itself is rather large with twenty four hundred square feet of space, but every inch of that space is home to at least one brown recluse. A pest control professional believes that between forty five hundred and six thousand brown recluse spiders are thriving in the home. The house has been abandoned for two years, so the brown recluse population within the home may have grown significantly. According to University of Kansas biology professor Jamel Sandidge, the high number of brown recluse spiders in the home is astonishing given the fact that the count was made during the winter, which is when brown recluse spiders are less common and least active. Imagine how many of these spiders would exist in the home during the summer months. The home is fairly new, as it was constructed in 1988. It is surprising that the recently built home could have been taken over by spiders this quickly. The Trosts are still engaged in legal proceedings against the former owner.

Would you be willing to set foot inside of this house? Do you think that this brown recluse infested house could be of interest to entomologists since the house contains many brown recluse specimens living within close quarters? Would the spiders social behavior be interesting to observe for you?