ORLEANS, Mich. (WOOD) - A tiny trailer in Ionia County has a become a cockroach commandcenter.
Cockroaches have taken over the abandoned home on the west sideof Long Lake in Orleans Township and are making their way throughthe neighborhood -- infesting at least a dozen homes so far.
Neighbors complained that the Ionia County Health Departmenthasn't done enough to stop the spread.
"OK, here's a large cockroach," neighbor Gregg Hammond said,while pointing out the bugs in the home's threshold. "Any of theselittle black spots that you can see jumping around are either fleasor baby cockroaches. That's a baby roach; there's another babyroach. That's a good one."
Nearby residents say they started noticing the infestation attheir homes about three weeks ago. The trailer's previous residenthad left boxes of food before moving out.
"People said the ground made them dizzy because there was somuch movement on the ground, that's how thick they were," OrleansTownship Supervisor Jim Patrick said. "It certainly could be ahealth hazard to the whole community. The homes here are quiteclose together."
Neighbors say they've done all they can -- surrounding theirhomes with white Boric Acid to fend off the bugs. Most keep anarsenal of bug killer. They say the health department was slow torespond to their complaints. They want the home debugged and hauledaway.
"Until the source is eradicated, we're just going to keepgetting reinfested like we have the last three weeks," Hammondsaid.
On Aug. 11, the Ionia County Health Department condemned thehome because of the cockroach infestation.
The roaches have flooded the home next door.
"I came downstairs at 1 or 2 in the morning and reached in toturn on my light with my right hand," neighbor Evelinda Onstottsaid. "When I turned on the light, I seen it and there wascockroaches all over my hands, and I just seen them all over. Therewas big ones, little ones, looked like fleas. And I just startedjumping, screaming, and I grabbed this Boric (acid) and I juststarted spraying."
County records show the home and small lot at 2715 Cottage Drivewas owned by Robert Cusack of Lake Odessa before it was sold on aland contract last year for $30,000.
Neighbors said the trailer recently changed hands again. 24 HourNews 8 has not been able to reach the current owners.
The township supervisor says the health department might havestopped the spread with a quicker response.
"To me, it should have been like the house is on fire, come now,so they could see them and determine what needs to be done here,"Patrick said. "The people need some leadership."
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