Peoria residents say progress is being made on the rat infestation problem


Crews are making progress in eliminating the rat population in the Peoria neighborhood

Neighbors who live near a rat infested house in Peoria say progress is being made in getting rid of the unwanted creatures. Nicole Garcia from FOX 10 reports.

Weeks after a rat infestation emerged in a neighborhood of Peoria, neighbors say progress is being made in cleaning up the unwanted guests.

the Rat infestation problem worried the neighborhood afterwards A woman’s body was found in a house near 87th Avenue and Bell Road.

At the time of the incident, first responders said they were unable to enter the house due to hoarding and unsanitary conditions and had to use a robot and drone to look inside.

Police said there was a hoarding-like situation and conditions in the house were described as “unfortunate”.

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In the days after the body was discovered, local residents struggled with the infestation.

“Some rats have dropped out and started their own populations, probably consuming all the food available in the house and most likely consuming the deceased. Now they are getting out because there is no more food, ”said Mike Boyle of Burns Pest Elimination.

“I have at least 50 of these in our garden. I have videos and pictures of them on my doorstep,” said Megan Lortes. “I have to carry my children out when we leave the house, which is not often because we are afraid to leave.”

“Hundreds, if not thousands, of rats down our street, in our backyards, in our garages,” said Justin Grubb. “It’s disgusting. It is. It’s absolutely disgusting.”

Arizona Humane Society officials said they learned of the rat infestation situation on Sept. 27 and reached out to local police for more information.

“These rats are domesticated, which means they are pets and not the kind of rats that can do it alone without human help,” read part of the statement.

On September 28th, AHS was in the house with members of the Any Rat Rescue group, trying to round up and capture as many rats as possible for them to treat and eventually adopt as pets. People involved in the rat rescue effort say the rodents could make friendly and caring pets.

“They’re kind, cute animals, like a cross between a cat and a dog,” said Jenna Lillibridge of Any Rat Rescue. “Least likely to bite, also least likely to spread disease.”

House is being tidied up

Rats overrun the house of Peoria clean-up

On October 12th, clean-up parties were in a house in Peoria that was overrun by rats after the owner’s death. FOX 10’s Nicole Garcia has the story.

Over the past week, contractors have done a lot of cleaning the exterior of the house where the woman’s body was found, removing overgrown brushes and debris. On October 12th, they began clearing out items that had been hoarded in the house – several large dumpsters have already been filled.

“We hired a biohazard team to complete the whole process of clearing what lived in there and what was left in it of the hoarding and trash so that they adapt to what is in there safely said Chris Hallett to the City of Peoria.

Hallett said the crews expect to be ready by the end of the day or October 13th.

Meanwhile, neighbors say they noticed the results.

“It doesn’t smell so bad anymore, which is a great relief,” said Lortes.

Oddly enough, the house has also attracted some uninvited visitors, so a fence was put up.

“People went into this house for some reason,” Lortes said. “I don’t know why or what’s in there, except rats and snakes.”

City officials anticipate crews will begin cleaning dangerous items around the house from next week. They hope to be ready by the end of the week.

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