Snakes in a House, Spiders in a Plane

Real Estate Agent with Long and Foster REALTORS®, Manassas, VA VA License # 0225089470

This week I had two interesting, and creepy experiences relayed to me.  The first started with a phone call from a short sale owner that I had helped successfully sell his home, and after find a rental.  The rental house we'd found for him was really neat.  He was quite taken with it.  It backed to Broad Run, a small river here in Prince William County. 

The tennant has only been in the house for three months.  In the last two weeks he has found a total of eighty black snakes in his home.  Yes, that was 80 snakes.  Needless to say, when he called, he made an appointment with me to find another home.   His landlords, avoiding the would-be lawsuit that the tennant threatened to file, is letting him out of his lease free and clear.  It is no longer a mystery why the prior tennants fled without ever telling the landlords.

Second creepy experience was relayed to me by my husband James.  He was at the airport at dusk putting air in his plane's tire.  Not so easy to do since they are covered in wheel pants to make them more aerodynamic.  There's a little door in the wheel pants that open just enought to get inside and unscrew the cap on the air nozzle.  When he did that on the front tire, and pilot side tire, he found a family of black widow spiders.  He stopped what he was doing and figured he'd wait till he could see the poisonous little devils  better and continue another day.

The next day, in broad daylight, he and I went out to remove the entire wheelpants and spray for the spiders.  Part of me had doubted that it was indeed a black widow he'd seen.  I doubt no more. Two of the them came rolling out of the pilot side wheelpant.  Talk about creepy.  Never thought something as small as a nickel could look so frightening. 

So there you are, a large enough dose of creepy to keep you satisfied until Halloween. 


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Vickie Nagy
Vickie Nagy, Broker Associate Realty ONE Group BMC Associates | BRE#01363932 - San Ramon, CA
Broker for San Ramon, Danville, Dublin, Pleasanton

Good lesson here. Always be aware! Don't reach where you can't see. I know I have had snakes in my garage several times, but never once in my home. I shudder to think about finding a snake in my home!

Aug 29, 2009 06:21 PM #1
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Manassas, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Northern VA

Vickie:  One would drive me out of my home screaming.  Can you imagine 80?  Evidently most of them are babies, but still.  I'm going to have to pat this guy down before I put him in my car. 

Aug 29, 2009 06:33 PM #2
Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional

Chris Ann...

I'm not afraid of snakes, but I don't want them in my house. We used to have them at an office I used to work at, and they would call me every time one of the little guys had to be removed!

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Aug 29, 2009 08:07 PM #3
Anne Clark
Metro Referrals - Gainesville, VA

Creepie crawlies!!!  YUCK..very scary.  You and James, and your client are very lucky!!!!!  Even though a black snake isn't poisonous, its mouth is so bacteria laden as to make its bite extremely dangerous.  And a whole next of black widows...that is deadly.  I'm so glad James saw them in time.  just gives me the willies!!!!!!!!

Aug 29, 2009 08:10 PM #4
Amy Salisbury
Leading Edge Properties - Charles Town, WV
West Virginia Realtor/Jefferson/Berkeley

Chris Ann - I'm still shuddering from an incident last night, and now your post...!  Snakes, spiders and last night a grasshopper.  Peacefully lying in bed reading, a GIANT (at least a foot long!) grasshopper appeared out of no where and jumped all over my bedroom.  I screamed like a little girl.  Husband and son came running to rescue me.  I positively hate any small jumping creature (you never know where they're going to go!!!)

Aug 30, 2009 06:54 AM #5
JL Boney, III
Russell and Jeffcoat - Columbia, SC
Columbia, SC Real Estate

I have Black Widows all over the place at our house. I spray around the outside a couple times a year and see tons of them dead afterward. Those things really give me the creeps. Now as for the 80 snakes in 2 weeks, that place should be burned or exorcised or something of that nature.

Aug 30, 2009 07:33 AM #6
Janice Roosevelt
Keller Williams Brandywine Valley - West Chester, PA
OICP ABR, ePRO,Ecobroker

Only JL's post of Black Widows sonds creepier. I can'timagine.

Aug 30, 2009 07:49 AM #7
Tom Boos
Sine & Monaghan Realtors, Real Living - Grosse Pointe Farms, MI
Providing the very best of service to Sellers and

EIGHTY SNAKES!!!!!  My wife would totally "freak-out" for sure (probably me too).

Aug 30, 2009 09:31 AM #8
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Manassas, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Northern VA

Richard:  You are a braver soul than I. 

Anne:  In this case the snakes, just the sheer number of them is the creepiest to me.  The tennants say they are crawling out of everything. 

Amy:  I'm with you.  I don't like any insect near my bed.  Yuck!

Aug 30, 2009 09:49 AM #9
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Manassas, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Northern VA

JL:  Sounds like you are handling your black widows very well, and calmly.  The snake house, well, I can tell you that when it comes back in the MLS, I will not be showing it again.

Janice:  We get wolf spiders at the house.  Not poisonous, but they will one day give me a heart attack.  They are furry and HUGE.

Tom:  The intial call I got was a week before. They had found fifteen in four days and were willing to work with an exterminator. I thought that was a snake meltdown.  JL may be on to something with the exorcism.

Aug 30, 2009 09:56 AM #10
Cindy Jones
Integrity Real Estate Group - Woodbridge, VA
Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News

Okay I am now entirely creeped out.  Both experiences sound like an Indiana Jones movie!

Aug 30, 2009 01:34 PM #11
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Manassas, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Northern VA

Cindy:  Would have saved it for Halloween, but it was too creepy to wait.

Aug 30, 2009 03:10 PM #12
Susan Jacobsen
The Alliance Group Realty - Hilton Head Island, SC
20 Years Providing WOW Real Estate Service

Chris Ann - erghhhhhhhh!  Amazing; and I thought worrying about copperheads and rattlesnakes was worrisome. This must be some sort of a year for the black widows - a fellow Realtor friend of mine went to show a condo, opened the flip door to put in the garage door opener code and there on the keypad was a black widow!  wonder what eats these spiders why if whatever does eat them is not around this year??? At any rate, very scary, glad you're OK!

Susan Jacobsen, Engard Real Estate Company, Hilton Head Island, SC

Aug 30, 2009 04:21 PM #13
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Manassas, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Northern VA

Susan:  I am positive I never what to be biten by one, but the black widows really don't look as creepy as I thought they would. They are so small.

Aug 30, 2009 04:51 PM #14
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

This is a Halloween post for sure!  I would be having nightmares if I were you!

Aug 31, 2009 03:21 PM #15
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Manassas, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Northern VA

Sharon:  Only if I were living in the house.  The spider thing wasn't that bad...for me.

Aug 31, 2009 06:05 PM #16
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