Hundreds of brown recluse spiders invade home

Aug 22, 2012 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: The Kansas City Star

It's almost like a horror movie — a home crawling with dangerous brown recluse spiders.But it is a real-life nightmare for the Bockhorn family in southeast Missouri.

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OMG! Those poor people. I lived in an apt where those things were all over the place (and in the walls where you can't get to them!) despite my spraying and swatting. I finally had to move as the landlord did nothing about it. I really feel sorry for these people.
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My house is also full of br spiders and my landlord said it is not his responsibility to get rid of them. What do you think??

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My house is also full of br spiders and my landlord said it is not his responsibility to get rid of them. What do you think??
Tell him they are a rare breed and
someone offered to buy them for
a large sum of money -
and watch him become suddenly interested LOL!

On a serious not,
I think he has a responsibility here,
it it basically HIS property.

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correction> 'serious note'
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the flat white sticky mouse traps at walmart

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recluse .....??? don't seem that to me....!!!

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Aug 22, 2012
 
Seems like they aren't as "recluse" as originally thought......
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Yes if you have spiders the Landlord should be spraying or bombing to get rid of them. You shouldn't have to do that in an apartment building. My old Landlord did nothing as well and they stayed in the whole house because we couldn't get rid of them and they wouldn't clean the outside. Good luck!
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He said because I live in a house, not an apartment, he didn't have to. I asked around and I guess he legally doesn't have to but I still think he should. You would think a good landlord would not want his property infested with spiders. I just wish if they would not let their families and kids live like that, they could do the same for their renters.
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I got rid of mine with Raid Max Bug Barrier. Haven't seen a live one for a couple of months.
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My house is also full of br spiders and my landlord said it is not his responsibility to get rid of them. What do you think??
BR bites can kill. Your landlord is an ass not to take responsibility. If you do get a bite go to the hospital/Dr immediately.
BTW, document every conversation you have/had with him including date and everything else you can think of.
Document medical appointments and keep ALL receipts (including gas).
I encourage you to find another place to live immediately.
Remember, the spiders live in dark places..clothing, shoes, bed linens, basically everything. If you move your possessions you'll be moving the spiders with you.
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Experience talking here. I have an ongoing problem like yours, it has lasted years. I recomend that you go to Wal-Mart and buy two rolls of 'Gorilla Tape', this stuff is the stickiest tape on earth. First- if you have an inside animal, get it out of the house. Cats and 'Gorilla Tape' don't mix.
Take some tape and wrap all the bed legs withe the sticky side out, this will keep them from climbing the legs at night. cut a piece of plywood to keep the bed away from the wall, 8 inches wide will do.
Those critters really like to get behind and under furniture, use 'Gorilla Tape' behind all furniture that is against the walls, staple one end to the floor, stretch it out and staple the other end and tear it off.
If you don't have a Shop Vac, get you one. You are going to have to take the drawers out of all dressers and cabinets and suck all of the corners out, flip the dressers and vacuum the bottoms and every crevace, then wrap the legs with 'Gorilla Tape',This will get both spiders and eggs.If you have carpet, get rid of it until the spiders are gone, They are hard to see on carpet, and you will have eggs in it. And you will have to go around every room and seal the bottoms of your walls with caulking or spackle, they will crawl out of the wall right into a room this way. Go up in the Attic and set off Bug Bombs, the survivors will go down in the walls, seal your attic access. Have Holes (1/4 inch) drilled between the Wall Joists at the top of your walls, 3 inches from the ceiling and spray the inside of your walls with insecticide, doo all interior and exterior walls, don't miss any. Plug off the holes with a dab of Spackle. Go to the Basement or crawl space and bug bomb it too. I really hope that this helps you out.
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I forgot to tell you to empty the drawers into a clothes dryer and let them cook on high for about 10 minutes, this will kill any spiders in the clothes. do the same for all clothes in closets and stored in containers or bags. After running them through the dryer, put them in thick garbage bags and tie tight with a zip-tie until you get done with fogging the house. This kills the spiders and eggs, and keeps you from poisioning yourself through skin contact. Also make sure that you open all cabinets in the house so the critters have no place to hide.
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Experience talking here. I have an ongoing problem like yours, it has lasted years. I recomend that you go to Wal-Mart and buy two rolls of 'Gorilla Tape', this stuff is the stickiest tape on earth. First- if you have an inside animal, get it out of the house. Cats and 'Gorilla Tape' don't mix.
Take some tape and wrap all the bed legs withe the sticky side out, this will keep them from climbing the legs at night. cut a piece of plywood to keep the bed away from the wall, 8 inches wide will do.
Those critters really like to get behind and under furniture, use 'Gorilla Tape' behind all furniture that is against the walls, staple one end to the floor, stretch it out and staple the other end and tear it off.
If you don't have a Shop Vac, get you one. You are going to have to take the drawers out of all dressers and cabinets and suck all of the corners out, flip the dressers and vacuum the bottoms and every crevace, then wrap the legs with 'Gorilla Tape',This will get both spiders and eggs.If you have carpet, get rid of it until the spiders are gone, They are hard to see on carpet, and you will have eggs in it. And you will have to go around every room and seal the bottoms of your walls with caulking or spackle, they will crawl out of the wall right into a room this way. Go up in the Attic and set off Bug Bombs, the survivors will go down in the walls, seal your attic access. Have Holes (1/4 inch) drilled between the Wall Joists at the top of your walls, 3 inches from the ceiling and spray the inside of your walls with insecticide, doo all interior and exterior walls, don't miss any. Plug off the holes with a dab of Spackle. Go to the Basement or crawl space and bug bomb it too. I really hope that this helps you out.
Very good information! Thank you.
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Put moth balls everywhere.
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I just ran across the following on "e How Home". I don't know if it is worth trying or not, but look closely at the last paragraph in reference to an exterminator.

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The best way to get rid of the brown recluse spider is to get rid of insects-the food source. Clean up the crumbs around your house and don't leave dirty dishes in the kitchen. Even turn off the porch lights if you need to. Once you solve the insect problem, you're half way to solving the brown recluse problem.

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Clean up the clutter in your home. The brown recluse spider doesn't spin webs, so they like to hide in the basement or garage for cover. Go through your house and clean up some of your clutter, and bring the vacuum with you to suck up any brown recluse spiders you may encounter.

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To get rid of brown recluse spiders you might consider using its natural predators. These include cats, birds, and other varieties of spiders. While you probably don't want to invite more spiders into your home to deal with the brown recluse spider, cats can deter the spiders.(See Warnings at the bottom of this article.)

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The most effective way to get rid of brown recluse spiders is by using a brown recluse spider trap. These are available online just by using your favorite search engine. The traps have a sweet scent that attract the spiders and then kill them with surprisingly efficacy.

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Don't call an exterminator to get rid of brown recluse spiders. The exterminator is expensive, the chemicals are not safe for pets and children, and the exterminator will kill of natural predators to the brown recluse spider-leaving your home more vulnerable.

http://www.ehow.com/how_5496552_rid-brown-rec...
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Florida Native wrote:
I just ran across the following on "e How Home". I don't know if it is worth trying or not, but look closely at the last paragraph in reference to an exterminator.

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The best way to get rid of the brown recluse spider is to get rid of insects-the food source. Clean up the crumbs around your house and don't leave dirty dishes in the kitchen. Even turn off the porch lights if you need to. Once you solve the insect problem, you're half way to solving the brown recluse problem.

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Clean up the clutter in your home. The brown recluse spider doesn't spin webs, so they like to hide in the basement or garage for cover. Go through your house and clean up some of your clutter, and bring the vacuum with you to suck up any brown recluse spiders you may encounter.

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To get rid of brown recluse spiders you might consider using its natural predators. These include cats, birds, and other varieties of spiders. While you probably don't want to invite more spiders into your home to deal with the brown recluse spider, cats can deter the spiders.(See Warnings at the bottom of this article.)

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The most effective way to get rid of brown recluse spiders is by using a brown recluse spider trap. These are available online just by using your favorite search engine. The traps have a sweet scent that attract the spiders and then kill them with surprisingly efficacy.

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Don't call an exterminator to get rid of brown recluse spiders. The exterminator is expensive, the chemicals are not safe for pets and children, and the exterminator will kill of natural predators to the brown recluse spider-leaving your home more vulnerable.

http://www.ehow.com/how_5496552_rid-brown-rec...
Very good info.
I'd like to add:
6. Dispose (burn) vacuum bag after vacuuming since live spiders may be in the bag.
If you use non-disposable bags, empty the bag and spray it inside and out.

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I think your landlord and my landlord are &$#@%$*^$!! Slumlords!!! They must be designated to the 13 circle of Hell. I'll have to check on that!!
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My house is also full of br spiders and my landlord said it is not his responsibility to get rid of them. What do you think??
Get a good lawyer to make the landlord pay for fumigating the house and to put your family up in an extended stay motel or to relocate your family into another home. The landlord owns the house and is responsible for it.

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Thank you for the info but I don't feel I should have to go thru the time and expense of all this, besides the way things will look! I mean if you are paying $400 -$600 a month for a place you expect it will be bug free. When I moved I did wipe down every piece of furniture and shook out all clothing as I took it to the Moving Truck. Cost me $300 to move across town but was worth every penny to go to a place that they spray every other month and take care of problems as soon as I call. There are decent landlords out there. I will now have the de-bugging and prompt taking care of problems IN MY RENTAL CONTRACT, which is in the contract I now have with my new landlord.

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Experience talking here. I have an ongoing problem like yours, it has lasted years. I recomend that you go to Wal-Mart and buy two rolls of 'Gorilla Tape', this stuff is the stickiest tape on earth. First- if you have an inside animal, get it out of the house. Cats and 'Gorilla Tape' don't mix.
Take some tape and wrap all the bed legs withe the sticky side out, this will keep them from climbing the legs at night. cut a piece of plywood to keep the bed away from the wall, 8 inches wide will do.
Those critters really like to get behind and under furniture, use 'Gorilla Tape' behind all furniture that is against the walls, staple one end to the floor, stretch it out and staple the other end and tear it off.
If you don't have a Shop Vac, get you one. You are going to have to take the drawers out of all dressers and cabinets and suck all of the corners out, flip the dressers and vacuum the bottoms and every crevace, then wrap the legs with 'Gorilla Tape',This will get both spiders and eggs.If you have carpet, get rid of it until the spiders are gone, They are hard to see on carpet, and you will have eggs in it. And you will have to go around every room and seal the bottoms of your walls with caulking or spackle, they will crawl out of the wall right into a room this way. Go up in the Attic and set off Bug Bombs, the survivors will go down in the walls, seal your attic access. Have Holes (1/4 inch) drilled between the Wall Joists at the top of your walls, 3 inches from the ceiling and spray the inside of your walls with insecticide, doo all interior and exterior walls, don't miss any. Plug off the holes with a dab of Spackle. Go to the Basement or crawl space and bug bomb it too. I really hope that this helps you out.

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