Thousands of venomous spiders forced a Missouri family out of their suburban St. Louis house when the creatures started coming out of the walls and dropping from the ceiling. Brian and Susan Trost purchased their home, which overlooked two golf holes at a country club in October of 2007.
It was not long after when they begin noticing brown recluse spiders all around the place. In fact, once while taking a shower, Mrs. Trost had to get out of the way of a spider as it dropped from the ceiling and washed away in the drain. She spoke to several different news media sources and explained that the venomous spiders were rushing out of their house’s inside walls and two different pest control firms had been powerless to exterminate the invasion. The pair filed a claim in 2009 with their insurance company, and they also raised a lawsuit against the house’s prior owners for not revealing the brown recluse problem.
There was a civil trial held in October of 2011. A biology professor by the name of Jamel Sandidge, who is believed to be one of the United States top researchers on brown recluses, stated he thought there were around 5,000 to 7,000 venomous spiders in the home. He added that what made matters even worse were that his calculations were performed in a colder part of the year, when the spiders were less active. The jury granted Mr. and Mrs. Trost just over $472,500, but the previous owners ended up declaring bankruptcy. The insurance company also failed to pay any money and the couple ended up moving out in 2012.
The house is now possessed by Federal National Mortgage, and concealed with 10 tarps that were colored orange and blue this past week. Exterminators filled the home up with over 210 pounds of a gas known as sulfuryl fluoride. It is being blasted into the house at around 66 degrees below zero, reported several different media sources. The gas will saturate the walls of the home in order to kill the venomous spiders and their eggs. Tim McCarthy, who is the president of the business that has been put in charge of finally fixing the problem for good, stated that there would be nothing left alive in the house after he and his crew got done with it.
It was reported that Mr. and Mrs. Trost paid over $449,000 for the home and found out about the thousands of brown recluse spiders not long after they moved in. With all the trouble they experienced, and even with the suit they won, they never collected any of the money the jury awarded to them.
The Trosts had to ultimately abandon their house that set on the outskirts of a country club golf course. It is now in foreclosure by the bank. The creepy creatures caused the family to leave the suburban St. Louis home when the venomous spiders started crawling out of the walls and dropping from the ceiling in droves.
By Kimberly Ruble