A studio apartment is typically suited for one occupant. But Dylan Baumann has been forced to coexist with about 40 lodgers in his small living space in Omaha, Nebraska. Even worse, the new tenants are potentially deadly recluse spiders.
"I saw them crawling across my walls, crawling along my floorboards and saw it crawling by my foot," Baumann told KETV.
The brown recluse spiders are rare in Omaha but have been spotted with more regularity, particularly since the area experienced an unusually short winter, according to Dennis Ferraro, of the Douglas County Extension Office.
'We virtually did not have a cold winter this winter, and the hotter temperatures that we're having would probably allow for more reproduction,' Ferraro told KETV.
Yesterday, it was reported that while there are more than 40,000 known species of spiders, that number may be less than half of all the different types of spiders currently living around the world.
Still, even with the near-constant threat of venomous spider bites, Baumann has decided to stay in his apartment until his lease is up in September.
"It's mainly just learning to cope with them," he said. "Pushing your bed away from the wall, pulling out your bed skirt, making sure nothing is touching the walls, shaking off your clothes before you put them on, after you get out of the shower, shake out your towel, knock out your shoes at night. It's just kind of learning to not get bit."