Roach Infestation In South Philly Neighborhood - FOX13 News, WHBQ FOX 13

Roach Infestation In South Philly Neighborhood

Posted: Updated:
PHILADELPHIA -

A nightly sight that makes Cecelia Horning cringe.

"IT'S HORRIBLE..HORRIBLE!" she says.

The alley behind her South Philly home turns into a roach motel.

The problem is so bad she says, that some have even made themselves comfortable in her bedroom.

"When I'm sleeping, I found a couple under my bed," she recalls.

This nightmare, on 2100 South Mole Street isn't just affecting Horning.

"These roaches look at you when you spray them like ‘is that all you got?'" says Dennis Marcucci.

Dennis mMarcucci says the problems forced him to become an exterminator. He has a can of roach spray...never far from his side since the problem started this summer.

"I have to sit there with can of RAID because I see them coming under the door jam," he tells FOX 29.

Marcucci and Horner blame the infestation on Anthony Nardone. Nardone inherited these two empty homes, but lives in New Jersey. Neighbors say he leaves food out for cats. And the overgrown weeds behind his vacant home only facilitate the problem.

"I was spraying them and I heard in weeds…pss…pss…pss…there were tons in weeds! It was really bad...provides shelter… it's like a breeding ground," remembers Nardone.

L&I confirms they received a complaint two weeks ago about the overgrown weeds that the city's also been out to exterminate.

Late tonight Nardone returned our calls but declined to be interviewed.

He says this is not his fault and everyone in the neighborhood is suffering from the same problem.

Neighbors hope the city can force Nardone to do more. They're just tired of fighting this nightmare on Mole Street that they believe is the result of roaches breeding in their neighbor's vacant house.

"He doesn't care he doesn't live here. People shouldn't be like that" says horning.

Nardone says he's stopped feeding the cats and continues to spray and exterminate weekly when he tends to his business around the corner.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • PECO Investigating Gas Odor in Phila Region

    PECO Investigating Gas Odor in Phila Region

    Saturday, August 30 2014 10:15 PM EDT2014-08-31 02:15:46 GMT
    A spokesperson for PECO confirms to Fox 29 News that crews are trying to find the source of a gas odor that has resulted in hundreds of calls to PECO on Saturday.About 400 calls have been placedto PECO as of 4pm Saturday; that is an elevated number of calls than a normal day, the spokesperson says. Crews that are trained in gas odor response are spread throughout the area to try to pinpoint the source of the odor. Reports of gas odors have been made by customers in Delaware, Montgomery, Chest...
    A spokesperson for PECO confirms to Fox 29 News that crews are trying to find the source of a gas odor that has resulted in hundreds of calls to PECO on Saturday.About 400 calls have been placedto PECO as of 4pm Saturday; that is an elevated number of calls than a normal day, the spokesperson says. Crews that are trained in gas odor response are spread throughout the area to try to pinpoint the source of the odor. Reports of gas odors have been made by customers in Delaware, Montgomery, Chest...
  • Students Prepare To Return To School With Free Supplies

    Students Prepare To Return To School With Free Supplies

    Saturday, August 30 2014 6:15 PM EDT2014-08-30 22:15:25 GMT
    We all know Labor Day Weekend is the unofficial end of summer, but it also mean something else...back to school.
    We all know Labor Day Weekend is the unofficial end of summer, but it also mean something else...back to school.
  • Summer Heat Returns

    Saturday, August 30 2014 4:11 PM EDT2014-08-30 20:11:25 GMT

    The rest of the holiday weekend continues to look warmer and unsettled. Shower and thunderstorm chances increase late Sunday and Labor Day.

    The heat and humidity will continue to expand Sunday into Labor Day. There is a risk of scattered showers and thunderstorms both day.  Best chance will be in the afternoon and evening. 

    Sunday (88/69): Clouds/Storm

    Monday (90/71): Clouds/Storm

    Tuesday (92/72): Clouds/Storm

     

     

Powered by WorldNow

WHBQ-TV | Fox 13
485 S. Highland St.
Memphis, TN 38111

Main Station: (901) 320-1313
Newsroom: (901) 320-1340

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices