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Cockroach infestation cancels community candy festivities – FOX13 News Memphis

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Creepy, crawling fake bugs are usually part of the Halloween decor, but in one community the cockroaches were real and that’s why there are no tricks or treats this year.

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Wyandotte officials canceled Halloween festivities to prevent a cockroach infestation from spreading from a vacant home, the Associated Press reported.

The city engineer said the now-closed sidewalks will prevent cockroaches from being carried on suits, the Detroit Free Press reported.

Officials also feared that if cheaters stepped on the insects and killed them, they could carry the cockroach eggs to the rest of the neighborhood, the newspaper reported.

WXYZ reported that a letter was sent to residents of the neighborhood saying:

“It is in the interest of citizens to close 20th Street and the sidewalks from Eureka to Grove on Monday, October 31, 2022, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Barricades and signs will be placed on the street and sidewalks in Grove, at the intersections of Orchard and Pine and in Eureka, closing the street and sidewalk to vehicles and pedestrians. It is recommended to discourage Trick ‘r Treating in this area.

The city council voted to overturn the rigging or treatment, USA Today reported.

The problem began in August when waste haulers threw a bag of garbage into a garbage truck and noticed the bag was moving and filled with cockroaches. Police carried out a wellness check and neighbors said a family lived in the house in question, which has since been vacated.

The family was told to put their contents outside, packed, but they didn’t pack their things, so the cockroaches spread throughout the neighborhood.

They had been given 30 days to bring the house up to standard, but an inspection showed that was not the case, WDIV reported.

It can take a year to get rid of cockroaches in the neighborhood, WXYZ reported.

Not only are cockroaches scary to some, but they can also be a hazard to your health and transmit disease, USA Today reported.