Roaches appear in motel rooms

By Andy Jenks - bio | email
Posted by Terry Alexander - email

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - A roach infestation has guests and management at a local motel fighting over who's responsible for keeping them away. The problem here has now gotten so bad for at least two people, that they're collecting plastic bags to be used as evidence.

Sherlita Taylor cried the day she first discovered the roaches.

"I showed them this, saying this is what came out of my refrigerator," said Sherlita Taylor, a motel guest since May.

Now, she and her three school-age children are running out of food.

"I took all the food that I bought for this month and threw it in the trash can," she said.

They live at the Brook Road Travelodge, just a few doors away from Kimmerly Brown, her fiancé, and their ten month old daughter - who have a similar problem.

"She was crawling on the floor one day last week and one ran in front of her and she picked it up and tried to put it in her mouth," Kimmerly said.

According to guests and motel management, the problem surfaced in July. A filthy, unknown man, refused to let maids clean his room. An estimated 50,000 roaches then spread from that room - to several others.

"Still I working with them. Still I am moving them out," said Motel Manager Uv Padheria,

Pest control is coming in once a week. The building where most of the bugs are is being closed. But the rift between guests and motel management is getting bigger.

"All the time, their doors is open. All the time they are cooking some food in side there. More or less, they are not allowing maids to clean the room properly. That's why I can say that they are not cooperating with me properly," said Padheria.

So Sherlita is moving out. Kimmerly doesn't have the option.

"Because we have paid a month in advance," Kimmerly said.

She's hoping that "going public" finally brings the bugs - under control.

"I think it's absolutely disgusting that they allow this to happen but they still have a business," said Kimmerly.

The Henrico County Health Department is aware of the problem, and so is Henrico police, which has been called in at least two times to resolve verbal disputes. But at this point the Health Department says a resolution is still in the works.

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