and Video Courtesy of Channel 7 -- ABC
December 7, 2015
Naples - Rats crawling in the walls, floors covered
in feces, and an unbearable smell have wreaked havoc for a Lakewood
condo owner for far too long.
Thankfully, the feces is cleaned up,
but the management company said they've had pest control
in to put rat traps all over the complex. But in the
building, the smell is just terrible. It's so bad that
the person living here has stuffed all of the vents with
dryer sheets and scent fresheners.
"It's something that you just can't imagine. The smell
of vinegar doesn't take it out deodorizers," said the
anonymous condo owner. "You can hear them all through
the night and all through the day climbing up the walls
falling down the walls."
Walk into this Lakewood condo and it's instant. It just carries on and
carries on carries on. For months this resident, who doesn't want to
show her face on camera, said her home has smelled like death.
There's a rat trap ready to go off just awaiting its victim.
"I think wow! That's unbelievable. I haven't seen anything like that
near my building," said Lakewood resident Frank Reeves.
Lakewood resident Bob Reed has seen and smelled the
rats too. The smell lingers on for weeks
"It crawled up on the inside of the dryer and I thought I'd
be smart I'll just turn it on and scare it, but I cooked it
instead," said Reed.
ABC7 showed Lakewood II's board of directors the pictures of
the rat infestation. When asked if he's seen the problem
before, Lakewood II's Board of Directors member Wayne Price
said, "Yes, absolutely."
He told us it's a common problem -- and his
association has their complex under control, but doesn't cover Lakewood
III, which is the plagued condo.
"We know they crawl in through the dryer vent, chew through the plastic
hose," said Price.
So we called up Alliance Management who said they're spending upwards of
$4,000 in pest control alone, but people living at Lakewood II say it's
not nearly enough.
ABC7 contacted code enforcement to see if they know about the problem
but have yet to hear back.