Fairdale post office reopens, spiders eradicated


by Claudia Coffey


Posted on August 13, 2012 at 11:47 AM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 5 at 5:38 AM

FAIRDALE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The Fairdale Post Office reopened its doors Monday after being closed for nearly four months.  The Mount Holly location was temporarily closed in April because of an infestation of brown recluse spiders.

On Monday, the Fairdale branch reopened to long lines,  but smiling customers didn't seem to mind.

Customer Leon Capes was all smiles as he opened his PO Box for the first time in months.

" I got one bill and a check from Prudential," said Leon Capes.

Officer in charge, Mary Cardoza, says they went through two pest control companies and did a combo of spraying and fogging. She says its not unusual for it to take a lengthy amount of time to completely rid a building of these types of spiders.

"They are tough to get rid of. It's not unusual for brown recluse spiders, because in their name they hide. They are difficult to get rid of, " says Mary Cardoza with Post Office.

Given how dangerous the spiders are, officials waited for the all-clear before reopening the branch.

Still precautions are in place.  Everywhere you look, you see glue traps, used to make sure the spiders do not come back. It is simply a precautionary measure put in place for the next couple of months.

While this location was closed , customers had to drive to the Hillview location to pick up their mail. After a while, that became a big inconvenience for many.

"I had to drive nine miles to the other one to pick up packages . It wasn't very nice and expensive gas," says Camilla Ansert.

Inside  there may have been long lines but all smiles here now that their branch is safe and reopened.