Family Has To Abandon House After 1,000's Of Brown Recluse Spiders "Started Bleeding Out Of The Walls"

October 14, 2014


Oh boy, a circus!

This is the Weldon Springs, Missouri home being covered with fumigation tents to kill the 5,000+ brown recluse residents. Apparently the spider problem got so bad they were "bleeding out of the walls," which is particularly terrifying imagery because WALLS BLEEDING SPIDERS.

[Owner Susan Trost] told St. Louis television station 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.

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.

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.

First of all, I don't care if they're a harmless species that spin webs made out of gold, if you can ever describe your spider problem as "bleeding out of the walls", those walls should have been on fire a long time ago. And two pest control companies already failed to kill the infestation? When it comes to spider infestations, the third time's not a charm, the third time's an "accidental" gas leak, a giant explosion, and insurance fraud.

Thanks to TonyPepparoni and Shegs, who agree there comes a time when you just have to remove all your valuables and set a house on fire.

  • Joan Cicero Hamilton

    Believe me - THEY are NOT harmless - their bite can kill you !!!! I was bitten by one and was very sick and lucky that I found a doc who also had been bitten by one and he gave me the meds to treat it or I wouldn't be here. They are worse than black widows !

  • Was it just me, or did anyone else immediately think "Breaking Bad" when they saw this pic?

  • etxzombie

    Just burn it to the ground. Quickly.

  • To all those people asking what all these spiders may be eating may I suggest that they may be eating each other.

  • Discordia

    Spiders eat bugs. If you don't have bugs then you don't have spiders. So I want to know... just how many freaking BUGS did this family have in their house to be able to support that large of a spider population?

    And PS... if these spiders are so viciously dangerous as the internet would have us believe then why isn't the family already dead?

  • Hornet

    Luckily spiders are not much of attackers but rather amusher predators. So unless you do something to royally tick one off, it will usually run away.

  • Discordia

    Yup. I have spiders in my house and we get along fine. They stay up in their corners and eat anything that flies in the house when we open the door. I've no problems with them.

  • Brock Tune

    5,000 dead spider bodies? Sounds like a great feast for 10,000 live spiders!

  • Wyldstaar

    What I'd like to know is WTF all these spiders are eating? They can't thrive like that without an abundant food supply, yet there's nobody living in the house. Most bugs living in houses feed off of human garbage, and the spiders feed on those bugs.

  • disqus_k2QxOV9H7Z

    Probably that house was really filthy with 50 000 cockroaches. I would like to see those spiders vacuumed and them released in the sewer. 5000 spiders agains billion of cockroaches!

  • Critality

    "First of all, I don't care if they're a harmless species that spin webs made out of gold"
    Yeaaaah, the brown recluse has a bite that literally causes your skin to rot away and die. Dropping an airstrike on the house is the only option.

  • Kg3

    To quote Ripley from Aliens ". . .nuke the entire site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure."

  • Meh

    Mister Mc. Carthy better be sure of his case. This sounds like a starting invasion.

  • Nathan Oakes

    Considering the awful toxic death that happens to any part of you that's bit by a brown recluse, I don't think the notion of them being friendly or not should even be on the table. The only good brown recluse is a dead brown recluse. Preferably dead and burned.

  • Tim McCarthy: Not the hero we deserved, but the hero we needed.

  • Fred

    As an outsider to the very American phenomenon of draping one's house in a circus tent in order to kill the variety of horrifying bugs inside can I ask one question...

    ...did they dress the spiders up as clowns before they killed them?

  • asdfasdf

    not a circus tent, those are fun. a big covering to keep the poison contained, striped with bright colors in the universal sign for HIGHLY TOXIC STAY AWAY that should be programed in every living thing's dna. don't tell me you got a bad/corrupted copy of instincts.txt?

  • disqus_k2QxOV9H7Z

    Them it should be yellow and black like a wasp or red and black like a coral snake. Not red and blue like a tropical bird.

  • The Magnificent Newtboy

    We can only hope so, and maybe provided a few miniature hoops and ramps?

  • Mark Armstrong


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