Rats overtake Irondequoit neighborhood, residents blame dumpster

May 10, 2017 11:47 PM

Some neighbors in Irondequoit say rats are taking over their backyards and they blame the dumpsters at a nearby apartment complex.

The homeowners on Page Avenue say a dumpster at a nearby apartment complex is to blame for the situation. A spokesperson for the health department tells us an inspector will be heading to Page Avenue Thursday to look at the problem.

Neighbors say this has happened before; they want a permanent solution. "I was shocked; I was grossed out," says Sharon DiGaspari, resident.

DiGaspari has done a lot of work on this house. It was just what the empty nester was looking for when she moved from a larger home in Webster four years ago. The house on Page Avenue is just the right size. She remodeled everything, only to learn she has rats. "I saw them coming through where the dumpsters were, back behind the fence. I saw them come through the slats and bringing food and running in the yard, dropping to eat it."

The dumpster belongs to the Sycamore Green Apartments. We stopped by the office to talk with management; it's closed on Wednesday. But we found the dumpsters wide open and piled high. When DiGaspari brought the problem to the attention of the management, she says maintenance gave her a bag of rat poisoning. She wants the dumpsters moved, but they are on Sycamore Green's property.

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She says, "I sat in the backyard and I saw a big rat, scared the hell out of me. They were near the big tree back there."

DiGaspari isn't alone. Agnes Berry lives two houses down. A health department spokesperson tells us his staff visited the area last summer and put poison in the area. The problem makes the backyards of these homes unusable and unsafe for people and pets. "I have to worry with the dog, because that's one thing the health department told me if the dog got into the poison they put down or got a hold of a rat, it kill him."

We did look into the laws governing dumpsters. Irondequoit town rules say dumpsters have to be closed at all times, and shall not spread offensive odor or contents to neighboring property. The laws also govern where the dumpsters are allowed. We will reach out to Sycamore Green and the town again Thursday.


Lynette Adams

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