Spiders Run The Trost Family Off

guest blog by Nila Ridings

This time it’s not the HOA that ran a family out of the neighborhood. It’s 6000 brown recluse spiders.

Brian and Susan Trost purchased their $450,000 dream home in a Saint Louis, Missouri suburb and soon found it had little creepy crawling dangerous poisonous spiders running everywhere. They sued the previous owners, David and Tina Gault and got a settlement of $472,000 but haven’t collected a dime.

They contacted Jamel Sandidge, an expert from the University of Kansas. He determined the spiders did not arrive after the Trost’s purchased the property. They have State Farm Insurance, but no settlement has been given. Based on my experience with State Farm Insurance all I can say is, Good Luck!

Overall, if they end up not buying another HOA house, I think they will live happily ever after. Next time it could be the HOA that bites them. That could be worse than any spider out there.

(link to aol.com article spider invasion)


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Ward Lucas is a longtime investigative journalist and television news anchor. He has won more than 70 national and regional awards for Excellence in Journalism, Creative Writing and community involvement. His new book, "Neighbors At War: the Creepy Case Against Your Homeowners Association," is now available for purchase. In it, he discusses the American homeowners association movement, from its racist origins, to its transformation into a lucrative money machine for the nation's legal industry. From scams to outright violence to foreclosures and neighborhood collapses across the country, the reader will find this book enormously compelling and a necessary read for every homeowner. Knowledge is self-defense. No homeowner contemplating life in an HOA should neglect reading this book. No HOA board officer should overlook this examination of the pitfalls in HOA management. And no lawyer representing either side in an HOA dispute should gloss over what homeowners are saying or believing about the lawsuit industry.

2 thoughts on “Spiders Run The Trost Family Off

  1. Dave Russell

    I’m shocked that these “little critters” were not discovered during the home inspection, prior to the purchase of the house. I sure hope the bank discloses the spider issues to the new homeowners.

    Who wants to live in a house that has been “permeated with gas?” (Chemicals) I think the bank would have been better off burning the house down and holding a neighborhood weenie-roast. I’m sure the former owners probably feel the same.

    “Like a good neighbor State Farm is there.” From the sound of it, State Farm isn’t any better than the HOA “neighbors” we blog about.

  2. Nila Ridings

    I was a State Farm customer for 40 years. But after what they pulled in my HOA, I canceled them in a flash. I hate thinking of the amount of money I paid into that rotten company.

    They have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars defending the bad actors on my HOA board and paying settlements on lawsuits but they just kept fighting. Why not come to the table and settle those cases without lawsuits instead of doing legal battles with their own customers?

    Finally, they decided to cancel the HOA policy! They’ve lost customers that were with them for decades while defending an HOA they had just recently insured. It makes no sense at all.

    One of the things they did was put me in a deposition for 8 hours with a video camera on me (trying to intimidate me…it didn’t work) and had me read the emails I had written to my HOA to their attorney that State Farm was paying for. That one day cost me $3,200. I’ll never own in another HOA and I’ll never need a “good neighbor” like State Farm Insurance again!


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