Tennessee Home Infested with Deadly Spiders
BRENTWOOD, TENNESSEE — July 7, 2018
A Tennessee resident discovered nests of brown recluse spiders in her apartment after receiving a bite.
It began with arm pain and small bumps on her chest. Later Angela Wright was rushed to the hospital, she was unable to walk and hallucinating. It was discovered that she was bitten by a brown recluse spider while in her apartment.
"I couldn't walk, I couldn't move and I could barely swallow," Wright told to journalists. "The doctors told me that I could have suffered a stroke had I waited to go to the emergency room.
After she came home she discovered dozens of spiders “left and right.” She called a pest control service to come spray her home and eliminate the pests.
"We were finding brown recluses left and right, in our bed, in the ceiling, in the iron, in her shoe," they said.
They counted roughly 50 brown recluse spiders in her apartment.
Due to the infestation, she was able to prove her apartment is “uninhabitable” with her local attorney and break her lease.
"This isn't my problem. I came here thinking this was a nice place to live," Wright said.
Earlier this year scientists from the University of Bristol confirmed that the spiders can fly using electric currents, or more accurately stated, "balloon" and become airborne.
The paper has been published in Current Biology.
"When one thinks of airborne organisms, spiders do not usually come to mind," Erica Morley and Daniel Robert wrote in the summary of their paper. "However, these wingless arthropods have been found 4 km up in the sky, dispersing hundreds of kilometers."
"Aware of the prevailing arguments, Charles Darwin mused over how thermals might provide the forces required for ballooning as he watched hundreds of spiders alight on the [H.M.S.] Beagle on a calm day out at sea," the researchers wrote in the paper.