Oct 5, 2005

Rodent Rage: Residents On Sherman Fear Rats From Vacant House


The barking dog next door to 921 Sherman was just as likely noting the presence of rats as passersby, said Sherman Street resident Mary Wright.

“This is the worst I have ever seen them,” she said, pointing to an entry point for rodents. “Somebody needs to do something about this; I have been putting out bait, but they are all over the place.”

Even as we spoke, I saw a dark brown creature dart through a chewed hole into the house’s basement.

Left: One of numerous rat holes at 921 Sherman

“We also have people climbing into that place at nighttime,” she said, declining to speculate why the vacant house would be so attractive to intruders. “All I know is that this neighborhood is going downhill with drugs and crime.”

Another neighbor, who declined to be give a name, called the neighborhood “an open-air drug market.”

Indeed, as I pulled up to 921 Sherman, I was accosted by a teenaged entrepreneur who inquired about my potential for commerce.

"What you want, man? Weed or speed, I got what you need," he pitched. My 17-year old Honda must look like a good customer's car.

The 4-bedroom house, built in 1906, is littered with trash, broken glass, and building materials. Wright says that her son was cutting the grass earlier in the year, but quit out of frustration.

“The owner promised to pay him for cutting the grass and tearing down the old garage, but never paid up,” she said. “I think he owes my son about $150, but he’ll probably never see it.”

Efforts to contact the building’s owner, Mohammed K. Mallah, were unsuccessful. The city is currently foreclosing on the property, for which $1,865.03 is owed in back taxes.

Wright says that the house has been vacant for about 18 months.

“It used to be such a nice-looking house,” she said. “Now it is just terrible, especially since a car hit the front porch.”

This is an extended version of an article I wrote for the Toledo Free Press this week.


Hooda Thunkit said...

Tearing down 921 Sherman will just move the problem to another house in that or an adjacent neighborhood.

And, our City officials seem to be content with doing just that (and, little else)...

Lisa Renee said...

Yes, but if the NAZIS were to come to 921 Sherman....

Hooda Thunkit said...

The rats would run them out of town ;-)

Melissa said...

She's been putting out bait, but what about the traps? Someone should use Multi-Kills in that house since they can kill 10 mice before needing reset.