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Fuquay-Varina pays to fumigate home

Posted August 23, 2010

A tent covers the home at 506 Longfellow Street in Fuquay-Varina.

— The roach problem was so bad at a Fuquay-Varina property that the entire home was covered with a tent Monday to allow fumigation.

The town took control of 506 Longfellow Street after more than a year of negotiations with the owner about various code violations, including a roach infestation and holes in the floor, a spokeswoman said.

Town inspectors identified unsafe living conditions at the home in March 2009 and asked the owner to bring the property into compliance. When he did not, the town took over.

The owner, Wade McIver, lives in New Jersey.

"We have worked with owner of the home for the last 18 months and we haven't gotten anywhere, so the town of Fuquay-Varina has taken it upon themselves to try and make the property safe," said Susan Weiss, public information officer for the town.

Next-door neighbor Johnette Hunter said she she called town officials after she noticed thousands of cockroaches from the rental home swarming homes and cars and crawling down the street.

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"The people's living conditions were bad. I thought that as human beings they deserved a better chance of living," she said.

Town staff moved the two people living at the home to a safer, more sanitary location and began treating the property for insects on Monday, Weiss said.

Mel Shaffer's pest control team sealed the house inside a white tent to allow for intense fumigation and to prevent the spread of the infestation to neighboring properties.

"I'll introduce the gas into the house, then it just sits for 24 hours. At the end of the 24 hours, anything left under that tarp is dead," Shaffer said.

The enterprise is expected to take about five days and cost Fuquay-Varina about $5,000. After the treatment is complete, the town will place a lien on the property to try to recoup some of those costs, Weiss said.


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  • passport423 Aug 24, 2010

    "What do the taxpayers get out of it? NOT A THING......." The neighbors are also taxpayers. They deserve to live in a safe place.

  • mgratk Aug 24, 2010

    Something bugs me about this story.

  • MakoII Aug 24, 2010

    5 thousand dollars to bug bomb a house?

    Man I missed my calling! I'd start looking into that sweet deal. Nepotism? Campaign contributor? I smell a sto-ree N&O!

  • Peace Love and Cold Meds Aug 24, 2010

    Come on Mayor Burns, where do you really stand on this? No really? No, I mean really? Like, could you actually give us an opinion, or is this issue to "hot" for you like all the rest you avoid?

  • Jax is proud to be an American Aug 24, 2010

    After the treatment is complete, the town will have a lien on the property

    All a lein does is to give the plantiff money when the owner sells the property. Wonder if he owes back taxes and the law allows the City to foreclose on the property.
    According to a web search he is current on the property taxes for this home.

  • Jax is proud to be an American Aug 24, 2010

    If a lien is put on the property it will be required to be paid if the owner attempts to do a refinance on the property or if the property is sold. It is honorable that the town of FV has done this. However, who is to say that this is not going to happen again? Why didnt the tenants that were occupying the property do something about the bugs?

  • DeM Aug 23, 2010

    "In fact within the past 5 years Shrader Properties lost like 20 properties due to issues like this. Raige"
    That's interesting, Raige. Where do you get your information? I knew John Schrader about a decade ago, and what you said seemed entirely out-of-character. So I checked. In Wake County, where Mr. Schrader had most of his properties when I knew him, there were precisely **zero** cases of him losing houses due to a city lien. Be careful what you say, particularly when you choose to libel someone who could afford to sue you, many times over. That would be a good way to get a lien placed on YOUR home.

  • Newshound Aug 23, 2010

    Had they just tore down this building the roaches/whatever creepy crawlies that live there would make a bee line for the rest of the houses in the neighborhood. Even setting it on fire wouldn't be good enough for what appears to be a very very large infestation.

  • wayneboyd Aug 23, 2010

    Fuquay did the "right" thing, It was the homeowners fault, take his property and why not call the Extreme Makeover Home Edition people and let them build these unfortunate under-priviledged model tenants a really nice roach incubator

  • pipcolt Aug 23, 2010

    What do the taxpayers get out of it? NOT A THING. Condemn the house tear it down and take the property and put a playground or small park, then the taxpayers will get something for their money. Its so easy for city, county, state and federal gov. to spend taxpayers money and not give back to the people.