It’s already not a Happy Halloween for one Detroit-area neighborhood because of the influx of creepy crawlers that is understandably bugging out residents in the immediate vicinity.
Wyandotte, Mich., officials have cancelled trick or treating in one area of the city because of a scary cockroach infestation that reportedly may have originated in a bunch of garbage bags outside of a vacant home allegedly back on August 12. At that time, trash collectors alerted police of the pest problem.
A letter from the city notified residents of the change in plans to hopefully help stop the spread, ABC Detroit affiliate WXYZ reported.
“It is in the best interest of citizens to close 20th Street and the sidewalks from Eureka to Grove on Monday, October 31, 2022, from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Barricades and signage will be placed on the street and at sidewalks at Grove, the intersections of Orchard and Pine, and at Eureka, closing the street and sidewalk to vehicles and pedestrians. It is recommended that Trick [or] Treating be discouraged in this area.”
In addition to the possibility of roaches latching onto costumes and then migrating into homes, Councilman Todd Hanna said that “There was also concern, he said, that even if the trick-or-treaters were to kill some of the roaches by stepping on them, their eggs could survive and be tracked all over the neighborhood.”
One neighbor who lives near the reportedly infested home said that “It doesn’t matter whether you’re a tidy person, a hoarder, roaches come in all these houses,” Click on Detroit noted.
Another “terrified” neighbor who has already spent about $1,800 on pesticide products said “You lay in bed and you think something’s crawling on you or something; it’s horrible! I don’t want them coming in my house.”
A person who lives in the neighborhood similarly said “everybody’s upset about it.”
Councilman Hanna said that city is willing to spray every yard in the affected neighborhood and is also sending a crew to the home in question to begin the extermination process. The official also asserted that the city council became aware of the issue three weeks ago.
Homeowners who have already engaged the services of expert cockroach exterminators have allegedly been warned that the seemingly agonizing process could take up to a year before it’s resolved.
The departing family supposedly “were asked to wrap their belongings and place them outside so the house could be sprayed by an exterminator; However, they did not wrap their furniture when they placed it outside, which resulted in the roaches spreading…everywhere,” WXYZ claimed.
“City engineer Greg Mayhew said the ban on the spooky holiday tradition will prevent ‘further roach migration,'” Fox News reported.
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