Pest infestations can be a real pain. Who doesn't cringe at the thought of termites or roaches invading their home, or a costly bed bug outbreak? Still, it could always be worse, as many victims of strange home infestations can attest. From snakes to giant snails, some homeowners have experienced horrible animal infestations so weird they don't seem possible. But all of these animals really have invaded humans' spaces, and some of them might pose a bigger problem than you'd think.
As far as preventing these crazy animal infestations, there are a few steps you can take. Don't leave out food, fill any cracks that lead outdoors, clean regularly, and check for leaks in basements and bathrooms. When you buy a new house, thoroughly look for any sign of animals, and ask if the place has a history of infestations. Unfortunately, animals could still get in if you're not careful.
If you think that having too many frogs on your property doesn't sound that bad, or that maybe cute bats might be good roommates, think again. Any of the people who dealt with these bizarre infestations will tell you otherwise.
Spiders are often found indoors, but a few horror stories really stand out. For proof, look no further than the Torsts and their "spider house" of terror.
The Missouri couple bought a home in Weldon Spring country club in 2007. But they soon noticed a huge spider problem. And these weren't just any spiders – the house was infested with over 6,000 brown recluses, which can be quite dangerous. The Torsts weren't able to stay, and eventually had to tent the house. They then sued the company that sold the house, for pretty obvious reasons.
If you've never heard of house centipedes before, get ready to feel creeped out. These nocturnal animals like cool damp places to live, like your bathroom. They can administer venom through their legs, smell really bad, and live for up to seven years. They also have so many legs you won't know where to look.
These guys live in lots of houses, but one city in particular becomes infested with them pretty much every year: Montreal. Hundreds of them pop up each spring and summer, and they're hard to get rid of, since they live in tiny cracks and dark basements. Even professionals struggle to exterminate them.
Arizona homes are often the target of scorpion infestations, which pose a number of problems. Scorpions are venomous and difficult to kill, and some can live for a decade or more. In other words, they're hardly the ideal house guest. One family in Phoenix would be inclined to agree.
As the weather began to get better, Asur Cammarato started to notice scorpions turning up in her apartment. At first it was only one or two, but then she began to find dozens. The mother began making her kids check for the creatures, and her baby could not play on the floor with toys. Even then, their stings were a problem. When she told building management, they didn't seem to do much. Cammarato was basically left to deal with this nightmare on her own.
An infestation of this magnitude could only happen in Florida. Giant snails began showing up in the southern part of the state in 2011, seemingly out of nowhere. One particular small neighborhood, Davie, was hit hard in some truly gruesome ways.
These snails eat plants, but they also eat plaster and stucco in order to replenish their shells. As you might guess, that made them an absolute menace to houses. People found their walls damaged and their yards destroyed by the massive creatures, which can grow to over eight inches in size. The snails also carry parasites that cause meningitis, and one resident's German Shepherd was infected.
Hundreds of snails have been removed from Davie, and the infestation seems to be under control. But this is one of the most invasive snail species in the world, so it may only be a matter of time before they pop up somewhere else.