Henrico, VA—A local family says they are living alongside rats in their apartment; they fear their six-month-old baby could be bitten by a rodent, and came to 8News for help.
Chan say Ford, Fisher Thompson and their 6-month-old child are living with rats, and say the rodents often leave a tell-tale trail of waste behind. Each time a trap kills a rat, Ford takes it to the rental office as proof of the problem.
"You are sitting down playing with your baby and all of a sudden you just see something running across the floor. The first thing I want to do is run," she says.
The rodents became a serious problem last fall; it has gotten so severe, the family now knows exactly where in the apartment the rats are hiding.
"They ate through all the wood, so you never know what is back there."
The family complained to the Glen wood Farms Apartment Complex, who responded by setting up traps inside and outside. The company also sent in exterminators, and set up barriers to keep the pests out.
The property's owner, Royce Mulholland, says the rats are an issue in only a few units, and they are actively working to fix the problem.
Mulholland explains, "This is a problem we thought we had tackled, and we had in the win column. It's come back, we are prepared to attack it aggressively again so it goes away permanently."
The company believes the rats could be coming from drains, or from a construction site. Mulholland says they will now contact the county for help, and he has a solution for Ford's family, too.
"What we will do if our resident is unsatisfied, we'll relocated them onto the property into a better unit."
Ford says although her lease will expire in two weeks, she might be willing to stick around…if the rats are gone very soon.
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