All that Minnesota woman Angie Whitley wanted was a new start.
According to WCCO, Whitley, a single mother and nurse, worked as hard as she could to save up money for her family. She rented a townhouse for many years, hoping to one day find the perfect place to call home with her two children.
When she visited an Oak Park Heights split level home, everything on her wish list was checked off.
She didn’t ask for much, just a clean abode with new carpet and new paint, WCCO added.
The house passed inspection and several walk-throughs, but a slithering infestation loomed. Less than an hour after the purchase was finalized, Whitley was greeted by a new roommate — several of them, in fact.
To her horror, snakes had found their way into her home. Whitley spotted the pests as she was unpacking her first box.
But it didn’t stop there.
Every day, more and more snakes invaded her space.
She recounted the horror to WCCO:
“One quickly turned into 3, 4, 5. Today is 6 months later and I’m about 95 snakes that I’ve found inside my house.”
She tried her best to get help, but to no avail. Previous homeowners claimed ignorance to the reptilian problem. Experts assured Whitley that there’s “no way” the snakes could have appeared out of thin air.
So, she took matters into her own hands.
The hardworking mother dug deep into her savings and shelled out $13,000 for a complete basement renovation.
According to WCCO, Whitley ripped up the floors and pumped out 40 gallons of water from her basement to rid herself of the vermin.
The snakes returned shortly after.
A spokesperson from local exterminator Adam’s Pest Control, Mark Anderson, called the shocking scene “a snake world.”
WCCO reported that Whitley will attempt to arbitrate a deal with the previous homeowners to determine who will cover the damages and costs. Typically, new homeowners have a two-year window to negotiate such deals after the initial sale.
In the meantime, not only has Whitley had to stay out of her basement, but she’s been forced to sleep on her couch… lying in fear of a total snake takeover.