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Recluse Spider infestation closes Louisville Post Office branch

Its like a scene out of a movie, an unwanted guest has invaded a Louisville post office branch causing it to temporarily shut down.

The United States Postal Service closed its Fairdale location because of recluse spiders, which can be poisonous.

"They've only seen a few, but spiders like dark places so no telling how many are out there," said USPS spokesman David Walton.

The mail has stopped at the Fairdale Post Office because of a safety concern.

The problem is over brown recluse spiders.

While officials say the building is routinely exterminated the number of spiders found is alarming.

"Fortunately, none of our employees had been bitten, but we temporarily closed that office so we have to get it exterminated and try to eradicate the problem," said Walton.

Pests experts say brown recluse spiders are one of the most poisonous household spiders.

The spiders are not aggressive and rarely bite humans, but if it happens it can be serious even deadly.

Postal officials say the infestation at the Fairdale location is a first.

"They found them in cases where our employees go in and sort the mail so they did find a few in the cases," said Walton.

When the spiders were discovered the facility evacuated and closed, many customers are just now finding out about the creepy crawler problem.

"It is a hassle, I was kind of a little upset when I pulled in, but when you all explained it to me what was going on, I was like, 'No, I'm not going in there, forget that,'" said post office customer Larry Colvin.

As for spiders coming in the mail?

"No, we aren't concerned that there will be any spiders in the mail," said Walton.

Exterminators are going to start cleaning up the building Friday morning, but they're hoping to have the facility back up and running by May 7.


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