Nicole Photianos was waiting for some mold work to be finished before she could move into her new home. Unfortunately, the spiders moved in first.
As WSB-TV reports, the mom from Paulding County, Georgia, is now living in a house infested by brown recluse spiders. The first night in her new home, she found 30 of the venomous spiders, and the family has continued to see at least one spider every day since.
Photianos called the former owners of the house, who said they hadn’t had any issues with spiders in the 10 years they lived there. The mom told WSB-TV they now think the spiders have always been there but didn’t make themselves comfortable until the house was vacant:
“I think they’ve always lived in the walls. They just got out when they did the work, so yeah they are just kind of everywhere.”
Exterminators have come out to spray the house every week, but the family continues to find more spiders. Photianos told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
“Even the exterminator said, ‘We’ve been doing this job for 12 years, and this is the second case of brown recluses we’ve ever seen.’ I’m like, ‘Great. So it’s really rare.'”
According to the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, the brown recluse spider is about the size of a quarter, can range from dark brown to tan in color, and has a violin-shaped marking on its back
Bites from a brown recluse spider are rare and often occur due to body pressure (such as when a spider is trapped against bare skin). The fangs of a brown recluse are too small to bite through clothing.
The bite is generally painless but within hours can become swollen, red, and tender. In some cases — especially for children or the elderly — a bite can result in a severe reaction, including dizziness, nausea, and a rash. If bitten by a brown recluse, one should elevate the area, apply ice, and get immediate medical attention.
Brown recluse spiders can make their home anywhere dark and undisturbed — including behind walls, in concrete block foundations, in suspended ceilings, in boxes, cracks, crevices, and even under furniture.
Because of the danger of the spider’s bite and its preference for dark, hard-to-reach places, it is best to get a professional exterminator to eradicate them.
Photianos told WSB-TV that the spiders are “literally my biggest fear.” She said she plans to have the exterminators keep coming out to spray regularly and that she’s praying her children stay safe.
Which is not to say she doesn’t dream of a quicker solution to the infestation. As she joked to WSB-TV: “I just say we should just burn it down.”