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Florida family claims home is infested with snakes


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Florida family claims home is infested with snakes

By Lisa Greenberg. CREATED Aug 8, 2014

A Punta Gorda, Florida, home is infested with snakes, and the tenants say they can't take it anymore.

They've called their landlord for help, but they say nothing seems to work. The snakes aren't venomous, but the family says they're still a big problem.

Alissia Scott and her fiancee Raymond Hisler told local TV station Fox 4 that they've been finding small but aggressive snakes inside their home for the last three months. 

"I'm fed up with it now," Scott said.
"We shouldn't have to live with snakes in our house," Hisler added.
So far, the couple says they've caught 48 snakes, and they had one word to describe the experience.
"Scared, because we have an infant running around," Scott told Fox 4.
Scott and Hisler's son, Bentley, isn't happy either.
"Our two year old is terrified of them," says Hisler. "We've only found one or two in his bedroom so far ... Thank God."
The snakes may be small, but the family says they can be vicious.
The couple is renting the home from Barnes and Phillips Real Estate, which has sent pest control out three times. The first time, the couple says, the pest control company only checked the outside of the house.
"They're not outside. They're inside," Scott said. "They told us that there was no way they could get in and the pest control guy left. He literally didn't look around inside."
Finally, on their third visit, the exterminators laid traps inside the home.
They didn't help.
"We're still finding snakes," Scott said.
And they said the realtors have some strange advice.
"They're telling us that we just need to let the snakes run their course," Scott said. "It's just not acceptable. We can't do that. We can't live like that."
Fox 4's Lisa Greenberg paid a visit to Barnes and Phillips Real Estate. They wouldn't do an interview, but owner Bill Jones released a statement that read: "We are doing everything we can about the snakes, but we have no further comment at this time."
Meanwhile, Scott and Hisler say they're feeling the squeeze of these constricting critters.
"It's devastating," Scott said. "We come home and the first thing we do is snake checks. We can't do it no more."
The couple haven't paid this month's rent yet. They told Barnes and Phillips they're not paying until the problem is taken care.
Scott and Hisler hope to be reimbursed for the time they've spent in their snake-infested home.