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City, Owner Responds to Roach Infested House
DAYTON -- Cockroaches are still taking over an East Dayton home and seeping into surrounding neighbors homes. Now, the city of Dayton is involved.
It's a story you saw first on our newscasts Monday night and since that report, our reporter, Annette Peagler got critical answers about the bug problem from the property owners and city officials.
The home is located at 2710 East Third Street. Neighbors are fed up.
"We knew they had bugs over there before, we've seen them and I've seen a couple of stragglers come into my kitchen through the back door," said Marc Metcalf.
Tuesday afternoon, people who live next door to the home started spraying the house themselves because they don't want them to come into their homes, but some say it's too late.
"I have the Orkin man come to my house every other month to make sure I don't get them," said Theresa Hatton.
Peagler went to the property owner, Mary Benny to get some answers. She refused to go on camera but said this :
"Back in November it was all cleaned out, sprayed it and everything for three weeks and I've got the bill for it," Benny explained. "It was bombed recently, that's why the neighbors are complaining"
After our initial report, the city of Dayton sent an inspector to the home Tuesday afternoon and says a warning will go out this week to the property owner. In the meantime, neighbors are working to keep the roaches from taking over their homes.
Benny explained that the home has a plumbing problem and the bugs may be coming from the basement, people who live next door says if something isn't done soon they're leaving.
"That's my next option and if I move, I'm leaving everything I have," said Metcalf.
Peagler showed the property owner video of the roaches of the house. She plans to get an exterminator out there again this week. We'll be eying that situation to make sure it gets done.
If nothing is done after two warnings, on paper and verbal, the city will then step in to see what the problem is. They stress that it is the homeowners responsibility to keep their properties clean.
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