If there’s a scenario that could be as terrifying as snakes on an airplane… it might be snakes in the walls of a house.
Amber Hall, 42, a first-time homebuyer, was thrilled to move into her new four-bedroom home after touring it and immediately feeling like it was the right thing. But she soon discovered what she least expected.
“I was trying to unpack and my dog squatted down and he walked over here very slowly,” Hall told KMGH, referring to the door at the back of her garage.
“I came over to see what he saw and thought it was like a spider or something and there were two little holes right here and I saw snakes crawling up the wall. So I panicked.’
Large snakes were curled up in a hole in the wall of their garage off the yard. Their discovery at the end of April turned out to be just the opening of a can of worms – or rather snakes.
Hall has since found at least 10 other snakes at her home in Centennial, Colorado. She thinks there could be many more as she said the wall felt warm to the touch from the other side.
“I can’t unpack my stuff because I’m definitely scared there are snakes in the boxes or under the boxes…” she told the TV network.
“It’s like crawling into bed, and if the sheet touches your foot or anything else, you immediately rip off the covers or jump out of bed to make sure there’s nothing inside.”
Hall hired a snake wrangler who believes some of the snakes lived in the house for at least a few years due to their size. Hall has already spent about a thousand dollars removing snakes.
A spokesman for the real estate company that sold Hall’s home told KMGH they were unaware of a snake infestation and had never encountered one on the properties they were involved with.
“I don’t feel like I’m the first to find them,” Hall said, “but I don’t think anyone would ever say they knew they were there.”
Given the number of reptiles found in a small window of opportunity, Blue Tick Pest and Wildlife Control president Joe Sheftel says there’s likely a snake hole under the floor of Hall’s garage.
“If it’s in the metropolitan area, you know that the vast majority of pest and wildlife companies will give you a free inspection,” Sheftel told the TV network.
“If it’s a new home and you’re like, ‘Oh, we don’t have a problem, we just want a free inspection,’ it might cost a few hundred dollars, but then you’re still getting a lot of pictures, you’re getting one Report and you can find some rest.’
Hall described their situation as “rough”.
“I am 42 years old and this is my first home. I’ve worked for it all my life and I can’t enjoy it. My kids can enjoy it,” she said. “I’m scared to death.”
It’s not the first surprise from the walls of a house.
In January, a pest control technician responding to a call from maggots and mealworms coming from the wall of a home in Glen Ellen, California, discovered a problem on a much larger scale.
After a hole was cut in the wall, acorns hoarded by woodpeckers fell out, reaching a height of 20 feet.
“Bird was a bit of a hoarder,” said Nick Castro of Nick’s Extreme Pest Control.
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