CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - A roach-infested home on Delray Avenue in Cleveland continues to cause headaches for neighbors who say they are spreading to more than a dozen other homes. Neighbors provided video of roaches after dark at the home.
On July 27 an exterminator sprayed around the perimeter. Now neighbors like Denise Robinson say all that did was drive the roaches to their homes.
"They're traveling up the street at least the seventh house on my side, the fifth house on this side," Robinson said.
Robinson said there has been activity at the home but no relief from the roaches.
"It was just open for two days. Two three days. Yesterday somebody came. I don't even know when and re-boarded it," Robinson said.
The home is now firmly secured, but given the smell there is still rotting garbage inside and until it goes,the roaches stay. Mowed grass and the unmowed grass tells the story of how unbearable the roach problem is.
On Monday the city sent a crew to mow. They started the job, they mowed grass halfway but when they saw all the roaches they picked up and left.
A man walking down the street yelled at the Cleveland 19's Paul Orlousky.
"Blame our city councilman and our Mayor for all this stuff that goes on in our neighborhood," he said.
But it is hard to place blame. The city has done little, the homeowner is deceased and the loan has been placed with a servicing company named Ocwen Financial.
Mayor Frank Jackson visited the roach-infested home on Wednesday promising action. City workers will visit with the neighbors on Wednesday to discuss the problem.
A representative says Ocwen is who ordered the first exterminator. Now he said bids will go out for a more complete extermination.