A Lincoln woman is staying away from her apartment, hoping that an exterminator can rid her home of an infestation of brown recluse spiders. She is not happy with the apartment management for not disclosing to her that there had been previous creepy crawly problems.
Mandy Clark lives in Southwood Village Apartments near 27th and Highway 2. Clark lives right next door to the apartment that Richard Davidson used to live in. Davidson moved his family out of their apartment because of spiders.
Clark was in Branson, Missouri on vacation when her sister sent her a Facebook link to a news story which alerted her to the previous spider infestation at her apartment complex.
When Clark returned Saturday, she laid traps after spotting a spider. Within hours she had trapped and identified brown recluse in her apartment.
Since then, Clark has been staying at her boyfriend's house, coming home only to change clothes.
On Monday, Clark called the apartment manager who, she says, was flustered when she reported the spiders. They scheduled treatment promptly.
Clark said she thinks the complex should be more proactive in warning residents of the potential problem, especially since Clark lives next to where Davidson just moved from.
Clark said she called Terminix who shared that when treating for the brown recluse spiders, they open outlets to spray chemicals and put down traps. Clark says she has only found one trap. She is also confident that several outlet covers were untouched, saying nothing appears disturbed inside her apartment.
After treating her apartment on Wednesday, she laid several more traps and has collected upwards of 20 more. She caught two on one trap in just under an hour.
Clark said she's not sure if she will continue to stay in the apartment or move out. Clark doesn't feel safe knowing the apartment still has the spiders and that the treatment appears to be ineffective.