Lexington Neighbors Say Rats Pose Pesky Problem

It's in one of Lexington's most upscale neighborhoods.

But a house is now condemned, after becoming overrun with rats.

Officials first heard about the problem yesterday at the home on Glen Abbey Circle in the Andover neighborhood.

They say when they arrived, they found filthy conditions inside.

Officials with the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department say several agencies, including theirs, were called to the house Wednesday.

Once there, they found rats had overrun it. That's because officials found piles of garbage inside, which the rats were using for food.

Officials are now working to clean up the house. But they're warning neighbors to look out for rats. They say once their food supply is gone from the house, they may run to nearby homes to look for food.

The health department is setting traps around the neighborhood, hoping to catch the rats.

The condemnation order means officials can do anything from cleaning up the mess inside, to tearing down the house.

Andover Hills neighbors met Thursday night at Crossroads Christian Church to address the rodent problem and to discuss ways to fix it. Many are concerned the pests may invade their homes if the rats aren't properly taken care of.

Members of the Fayette County Health Department were also on hand to offer suggestions on how to rodent-proof their homes and what agencies to contact should they have a problem.

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