When the weather warmed up this spring, a Maryland family discovered that the home they had just moved into in December was infested with numerous snakes.
The couple is now suing their realtor for $2 million for not telling them that their new home was infested with snakes, at least one of which measured seven feet long.
Jody and Jeff Brooks and their two young children bought their Annapolis home for $410,000 and moved into it in December. However, when the weather started warming up earlier this spring, the couple found that they were not alone. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. Jody and Jeffrey Brooks, pictured, were forced to leave their new home in April and live with relatives after they discovered that it was infested with snakes. They are now suing their realtor.
The couple found eight black rat snakes and many snake skins, as well as trails of snake feces. They spent $50,000 in an effort to get rid of the reptiles, but were eventually forced to move out in April.
Jody told WUSA9 that they had been horrified at the thought that the snakes might harm their seven-month-old daughter, Lilly.
Black rat snakes are non-poisonous and can enter homes through dryer vents, water pipes or cable wires, The Capital Gazette reports, quoting experts. They can live for up to 25 years and grow up to seven feet long.
Jeff Brooks began carrying a machete around the house to kill any snakes that he saw, in order to keep them away from his baby daughter and four-year-old son Thomas.
2. A photograph shows a collection of snake skins that the couple has found in the home.
3. A couple of dead baby snakes can be seen on a glue trap that was placed in the home’s basement.
I couldn’t come back here.
After the family voiced their complaints, they were contacted by families who had previously lived at the house and had suffered the same nightmare, WUSA9 reported.
They are now trying to get out of their bank loan and are suing their realtor and the former homeowner, whom they say knew about the issue but never mentioned it.
4. The longest snake they found was a seven-foot black rat snake in the basement.
I think in the sale of a home, a professional, you should let somebody know of every possible issue when you buy the house.
Home Paramount, a local pest company, said that the snake infestation was unlike anything they had seen.
When they tore down walls in the house to look for problem areas, the pest company discovered tracks the snakes had built to move around the home, in addition to feces and skins, according to the lawsuit.
5. Jody and Jeff Brooks talk about their snake problem inside the home they have been forced to leave.
According to the couple’s attorney, even if they did manage to get rid of the snakes, there is no guarantee that the reptiles would not return.
The lawsuit was filed on May 19 and names Barbara Van Horn, the Brooks’ realtor and neighbor, as well as the company she works for, Champion Realty, Inc.
The family are also suing the home’s previous owner, Joan Broseker, and the Joan Broseker Revocable Trust. The lawsuit states:
Van Horn refused to keep a lockbox on the premises while acting as the listing agent and would personally unlock the home and turn on the lights and, upon information and belief, check for snake activity before anyone entered.
6. Bags of insulation is removed from the couple’s home as they attempt to rid it of snakes.
The family also claim that Van Horn never gave them certain pest inspection documents. Jody said:
She said she had the world come out and look at it and there was no problem.
The defendants have a month to respond to the lawsuit.
7. A Maryland family is suing their realtor over a snake infestation in their new home.
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