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Northside residents say neighborhood is infested

10:09 PM, Jul 13, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Friday the 13th, some First Coast residents say they're living a real-life horror plot.

Several families said rats, and lots of them, are infesting their yards, and for some, crawling in their homes.

"I'm living with rats in the house," said Dora Calizaire.

Calizaire lives on Drayton Street on the Northside.

"They're pretty, pretty bad here," Calizaire said.

She shares her home her pet bird and also some uninvited animals - rats.

Neighbors we spoke with on Drayton Street were familiar with the rat problem.

"They'll slip in there and run that way and go out the back," said Amber Rippel, showing the area under the house.

Rippel couldn't show First Coast News any rats, but she pointed out chewed wires and droppings.

"Normally, we don't see them during the day, they're at night," Rippel said.

Rippel said she's managed to keep them out of her house. But she believes they're getting closer.

"I've actually walked out my door and there was two rats on my front porch and they ran off as soon as I opened up the door," Rippel said.

The neighbors said the rodent problem is so bad, they're asking the city to help.

"We're all struggling to keep our rent paid and our lights on and food in the house for our children," Rippel said. "We can't afford to get exterminators. It's thousands of dollars."

First Coast News contacted the city, but due to it being after 5:00 p.m., we did not receive a response regarding the rat problem.

For now, Calizaire has boarded up holes she said rats have chewed and other neighbors are putting out traps until they can find a way to get rid of the rodents.

First Coast News

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