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Brown Recluse Spiders Invade Goodlettsville Apartment Units

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Brown Recluse Spiders Invade Goodlettsville Apartment Units

CREATED Jul 22, 2014

by Jason Lamb

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. – Tenants at a Goodlettsville apartment complex said poisonous brown recluse spiders have invaded their homes, keeping them on edge and unable to relax.

They said they've caught so many brown recluse spiders in traps and around their homes in the last month or so at the Piccadilly Apartments in Goodlettsville, they've begun saving them in a basket of mason jars as proof.

While the spiders can be poisonous, tenant Meka Johnston said she's not worried about herself as much as she’s worried for her two children, set to return back to Goodlettsville in two weeks.

”I don't want them coming back home and having to deal with this problem,” Johnston said.

While brown recluse bites are rare, they can be deadly, and children are more often at risk.

Johnston said apartment managers have sent people to spray her apartment for the spiders, but she said more needs to be done.

“They’re sending someone around with bug spray,” Johnston said. “I've got bug spray, it kills brown recluse spiders in four seconds, but I can't kill all of them.”

In fact, pest control experts said a group of brown recluse spiders can be particularly difficult to kill, taking up to a year of monthly home treatments, because of how well they hide.

Johnston said she won’t wait a year for the problem to be resolved at her apartment complex. She said she’s willing to break her lease by 20 days in order to move out before her kids get back home, and she said she'll have to pay hundreds of dollars to the apartment complex in a penalty.

NewsChannel 5 reached out repeatedly to management at the Piccadilly Apartments about the situation, but did not get a response.

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