School closes after venomous spiders found for a 3rd time

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MERCERSBURG, Pa. — A Pennsylvania school district has closed one of its elementary schools due to an infestation of venomous spiders.

WHTM-TV reports this is the third time brown recluse spiders were found at Montgomery Elementary School in Mercersburg.

The Tuscarora School District made the decision to close the school Tuesday after officials met with the district’s pest control management company. The company found five to six spiders in the school’s library in mid-July. They were also found last year at different times in the lunchroom kitchen and the boiler room.

Superintendent Dr. Charles Prijatelj says crews are spraying pesticides outside the school and the district plans to fog the entire building. Staff have already sealed cracks in the school’s walls

Steve Miller, of Home Paramount Pest Control, says the spider bites are usually painless but it produces an ulcer. The spider is not native to the region.

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  • D. Wilkins

    A pesticide company should know better. Fumigation doesn’t kill Brown Recluse. Poison has to be put directly on them to kill them. It kills off all their predators, and they can eat bugs that have been killed by poison. Learned this the hard way a few years back when I fumigated my house.