Residents disgusted by a rat
infestation at Clearwater condominium complex
Article Courtesy of ABC Action News
By Wendi Lane
Published April 5, 2019
CLEARWATER – A rat
infestation at a Clearwater apartment
complex is leaving residents disgusted.
"You can see from the
size of the tail, it’s a rat. It ain't no mouse," said
Michael McKinney while holding a rat he captured in his
McKinney and many others in his building say they started
having a rat problem right after a new roof was installed.
"You hear them in the wall and the ceiling and it sounds
like they’re dragging something," said Shari Matthews-Fryer.
Matthews-Fryer said the rats chewed through the waterline to
the dishwasher, forcing her 80-year-old in-laws to rip up
"Water was everywhere, it flooded the whole kitchen out into
the living room," Matthews-Frye said.
"Last night, I was up all night because I heard activity in
our Florida room and in the bedroom walls and I couldn’t
sleep," said Angela Mugnaini who lives in the same building.
After weeks of making calls to the complex and the health
department, Angela and her husband said someone from the
complex is coming Monday to look into the problem.
"It should not have taken six weeks and that’s what got us
angry," said Mark Mugnaini.
We made several calls to the complex management office to
learn what is being done to fix the issue but could not get
through to anyone.
People who live in other buildings in the complex tell me
they aren’t having any issues.
But residents in the affected building say they are fed up.
"I want them gone. That's the bottom line," McKinney said.