'I don't live with snakes. Do you?': A Georgia senior citizen was forced to leave her rental home after finding snakes in her furniture
- A Georgia woman had to flee her rental home after discovering several snakes, even in her furniture.
- Mary Carswell told WMAZ-TV that she found six snakes since 2021 in the rental she's lived in for years.
A Georgia woman was forced to leave her rental home after she said she found several snakes in the house – including in her sofa.
Mary Carswell said she spotted the first snake in 2021 and has since seen five more, she told WMAZ-TV.
"I didn't know what kind it was. It was dark. It was at night. I'm coming out of the bathroom," Carswell told the outlet. "I killed it. I beat him."
Since then, she's struggled to relax in the rental home she's lived in for seven years, Carswell told WMAZ.
"You know, you don't sleep for two or three nights, but then you get used to it again because you don't see it," she told the outlet. "I love the place. I'm not gonna live with snakes."
Carswell told Insider she's living in a motel now, but her landlord hasn't offered to contribute to the cost.
"He ain't asked to subsidize nothing. He's asking me for rent. Matter of fact, he called me yesterday and asked me for rent. And I said, 'Man, I got to pay for the motel room. I'm not there,'" Carswell told Insider. "I said, 'Snakes there, I don't live with snakes. Do you?'"
The snake problem began with a rat infestation, Carswell told Insider, adding that she asked her landlord to call an exterminator over a year ago, but according to her, he never did.
"I can't put fruit down, I can't put cookies – nothing down," Carswell told WMAZ. "There's plenty of rats."
The landlord, Ricky Giles, denied Carswell's claims.
Giles told Insider he learned about the rats from Carswell about four months ago and that he found out about the snakes this week from news coverage of Carswell's story. Carswell disputed this to Insider, saying Giles was not being truthful.
Giles added that he does not intend to subsidize her motel stay as the two are in a dispute over overdue rent, which he said is why he recently called her asking for her rent payment. Carswell has not denied being overdue on her rent.
Carswell said her landlord gave her rat pellets and glue traps, according to WMAZ. The rundown rental home has started to sag in different areas, leaving gaps in her floors and doors that are open to the outside, Carswell told the outlet.
"I'm living in a motel paying money every night," Carswell told WMAZ. "If he had listened and did like I asked, I don't think they would've come in. No one should have to live like this."
Carswell told Insider that even if her landlord fixed up the home, she is "going to go somewhere else."
"He has not offered me anything. He knows I'm at the motel," Carswell told Insider. "He knows I'm 72 years old. He knows I just had surgery on my neck."
Carswell's daughter, Demetriss Strange, wrote in a GoFundMe that her mother had to leave her furniture behind at the house because there were snakes in the sofa, and she feared they had laid eggs. Strange told WMAZ that Carswell has health conditions like "open heart surgeries, leukemia," and doesn't need to deal with an infestation as well.
"We don't want any more problems," Strange told WMAZ.
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