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'They started bleeding out of the walls.'
June 06, 2020
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A family was driven from their suburban St. Louis home when the spiders started oozing from the walls.
Brian and Susan Trost bought the $450,000 home overlooking two golf holes at Whitmoor Country Club and soon afterward started seeing brown recluse spiders everywhere. Once when showering, Susan dodged a spider as it fell from the ceiling and washed down the drain.
She told a St. Louis television station the spiders "started bleeding out of the walls," and at least two pest control companies were unable to eradicate the infestation.
The couple filed a claim in with their insurance company and a lawsuit against the home's previous owners for not disclosing the brown recluse problem.
At a civil trial in St. Charles County University of Kansas biology professor Jamel Sandidge estimated there were between 4,500 and 6,000 spiders in the home.
The jury awarded the couple slightly more than $472,000, but the former owners declared bankruptcy, the insurance company still didn't pay anything and the couple moved out two years ago.
The home, now owned by the Federal National Mortgage Association, was covered with nine tarps this week and workers filled it with a gas that permeated the walls to kill the spiders and their eggs.
"There'll be nothing alive in there after this," said Tim McCarthy, president of the company hired to fix the problem once and for all.
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