Neighbors unhappy living next to infested home

By Dan Wells - bio | email

NORTHSIDE, OH (FOX19) -- A battalion of bed bugs, cockroaches, and even rats, are invading a Northside home.

The owners of the foreclosed home have packed their stuff and got out of dodge, but that home isn't completely un-occupied.

Insects and vermin are not only setting up residence. They're spreading to neighboring houses.

Neighbors say the problem home on Virginia Avenue is in pretty poor shape. There is garbage in the driveway and on the front porch. And the house is apparently is full of bugs. Now people who live nearby say something needs to be done.

Residents in this Northside neighborhood say there's a war taking place at 4334 Virginia Avenue, and the enemy is widespread.

"I'm experiencing roaches crawling out of the windows, down the sides, coming to my house in my back patio," said neighbor Susan Hughes. "We just killed six of them when we got home."

Susan Hughes says the foreclosed home, right next door to hers, has been a health hazard for years, full of trash, rodents and every bug you can think of.

Hughes says she hoped it would be cleaned up when it was sold at sheriff's auction in June, but that hasn't happened.

"I haven't seen anybody but the roaches they're mass, in the windows coming out the front doors everywhere," said Hughes.

Susan and her husband put up a six foot privacy fence to keep all the bugs out four years ago, but its gotten worse over time. The weeds are tall and the garbage in this back yard is mounting.

Every night, Hughes says she arms herself with tons of bug spray, a flashlight and fly swatter. She says it may sound foolish, but its all she can do.

"It's just costing me a fortune in trying to prevent them from getting in my house, but I have seen them in my house and I don't want to anymore," said Hughes.

Rocky Woods lives in an apartment complex on the other side of the 'Roach Motel' and says his building is also trying to fight the blight.

"Fortunately our landlord just sprayed he does every year," said Woods. "He did two weeks ago so we should be all right. I haven't seen anything so far, but its still concerning."

"I hope I don't see the person that lived there," said Hughes. "That's how mad its made me."