A video quickly spread on social media depicting dead mice in the ceiling of a Brockton public housing site. The Brockton Housing Authority said that it responded immediately to the complaint, removed dead rodents from the ceiling of the first-floor community room on Christmas Eve, and then used a deodorant to get rid of the smell that permeated the building.
A video quickly spread on social media depicting dead mice in the ceiling of a Brockton public housing site.
"It absolutely stinks in here," said Jacob Tagger, the former mayoral candidate and Brockton Diversity Commission member, while he filmed the video. "It stinks in the hallway and everything. ... This is definitely a health concern."
The video shows the community room on the north side of Brockton, focusing on the discolored ceiling tiles, with narration about the odor of dead mice located above.
Tagger said there were about a dozen dead mice in the ceiling of the community room.
These people - I know them from doing volunteer dinners and things like that - they don't have anybody to speak up for them," Tagger told The Enterprise. "My message was, basically, that people need to make sure they address issues when they happen, and follow up to make sure they're taken care of."
The Brockton Housing Authority said that it responded immediately to the complaint on Christmas Eve, removed dead rodents from the ceiling of the first-floor community room, replaced stained ceiling tiles, and then used a deodorant to get rid of the smell that permeated the building.
"The system worked," said Thomas Thibeault, executive director of the Brockton Housing Authority, reached on Thursday. "When they called, the service call manager was on their way out."
Thibeault said that most apartment complexes deal with pest problems, and that this is the worst time of year for mice.
As the weather starts to get cold, the mice are looking for somewhere to nest.
In this case, Thibeault said, the community room was using a bait station in the ceiling, in order to poison the mice, while small traps are used in each of the apartments. Often, the poisoned mice will leave the building and die elsewhere, but sometimes they stick around and cause a stink.
"It's the most effective way to get rid of them," Thibeault said. "The negative part is the odor."
Thibeault said his only problem with Tagger's Facebook post was a comment made alleging that a part-time maintenance worker refused to do anything about the dead mice.
Thibeault said he received a message from Tagger on Facebook, personally letting him know about the problem, after he posted the video.
Thibeault said the BHA will follow up with a residents meeting to make sure all concerns are heard.
Tagger said he hopes that the managers at the housing authority can be proactive enough to address similar issues before resident complaints begin to mount up.
"You can have an exterminator go, but they need to follow up to make sure any dead animals are taken out," Tagger said. "It's very important. ... We're talking about peoples' lives here."