Brown Recluse Spiders Found in Apartment Home

Posted: Sep 6, 2013 4:31 PM by Christine Roto, KOMU 8 Reporter
Updated: Sep 10, 2013 9:43 AM

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COLUMBIA - Two Columbia girls decided to attempt to break their leases with their apartment complex after finding multiple brown recluse spiders in their homes.

An employee at Steve's Pest Control said the brown recluse spider is native to this area of mid-Missouri. The brown recluse is known for being extremely dangerous, but according to Orkin pest control, the spiders rarely bite unless they are provoked.

Taylor Baker said she was bit by a brown recluse when she was 12 years old at summer camp. She said she was suprised to find the spiders in her home, and now she is worried about her safety.

She contacted the general manager, Jennifer Welsh, after her neighbor, Emily Banks broke her lease the day before. After the tenants contacted Welsh about the spiders, Welsh said she set up a time to have the apartments exterminated for free. But the girls are worried the spray isn't enough.

"It's something you expect at summer camp, but not something you expect to find in your home," Baker said.

Welsh said the apartments are sprayed before tenants move in. She said the wood shake roofing could be the cause of the spiders since the type of roof is more prone to insects.

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