POTTSVILLE, Pa. – A Schuylkill County girl has had sufficient of sure undesirable home visitors.
She requested the town for assist, however the metropolis says its fingers are tied.
“Typically my first intuition is to leap off the bed and seize the gun as a result of I do not know if someone is breaking into the home. It is startling. Very startling,” mentioned Janice Simmons, of Pottsville.
For the previous two years it has been the wild life for Simmons. Raccoons are infiltrating her house.
“It is getting harder. That is breeding season, so I do know extra are coming,” she mentioned.
She now doubts she may promote the home, and just lately requested the town for assist, however the metropolis cannot legally lure wild animals. They advised a trapper, which she did use within the attic. She will not do it on her deck.
“It is simply very tranquil out right here,” she mentioned outdoors on her deck.
“The concept of getting traps out right here? What does that imply for you?” I requested.
“Means inviting raccoons for dinner,” she mentioned.
She says it places her aged canines in peril. She believes the trigger are the vacant properties surrounding her house.
“Sure, it is a huge subject. I would be prepared to say 90% or higher than that of the blighted properties which can be large issues are out-of-state landlords,” mentioned Mayor David Clews.
Nonetheless, Clews, who mentioned he visited Simmons in her house to speak concerning the subject, says Simmons’ adjoining neighbor is native and a pest inspector discovered no indicators of raccoons. He does admit battling blighted properties is hard, as the town is understaffed and the authorized combat takes time.
For Simmons, which will imply an extended keep for her undesirable home visitors.