Lack of Due Diligence
The group has a number of theories regarding the poor handling of this issue. Given that our repeated questions go unanswered, this is what we have to work with.
We do not know who originally “reported” a “rat problem”. We do not know how many were “seen”.
We have been told:
“Building 6914 had a rats problem. The Association sought professional advice and followed the recommendation (which is standard in a multi-family dwelling) to install rodent bait stations until the population could be controlled. The bait is inside the stations. The entry point is small for a rodent to get into.”
“The Board consulted with professionals, and followed their recommendation to install rodent bait stations.”
“Rats have been seen along the back of the buildings, and this is a proactive approach to take before they start nesting in the building and make their way into units.”
We have asked (including, but not limited to):
1) At what point did the Association discuss this issue with residents? (email)
2) For this specific case, what is the defined as a “rat problem”? Is there a specific number of rats that need to be seen to warrant this? (email)
3) On what specific data were these “recommendations” or “professional advice” provided? Was there any discussion of humane alternatives? (email)
During the Board Meeting on June 10, this issue was brought up during the “Open Forum” portion of the agenda. We did not receive any answers to our concerns other than:
Marck Rossy “… chipmunks and squirrels, what we’ve been told is that they are not apparently attracted to that bait. They don’t tend to go in there. As far as secondary poisoning, it’s rare – they don’t really get cases reported of that.” (None of this is true.)
Residents objected further and received no response to their concerns. We were cut off after 3 minutes of time.
Later during the meeting, the board voted to ratify the pest control contract. Towards the end of the meeting, one board member (attending via telephone) asked about voting on the contract and was told that he HAD voted on it already. Therefore, a board member voted to ratify the contract without knowing what he was voting for.
It seems that Marck Rossy spoke with only one contractor – Alexandria Pest Services – who told him that the bait is harmless to all other wildlife and pets. This is not true – these poison boxes are harmful to other wildlife, pets and children. The pest control company wants to secure a contract for their services. The contact person for this company is Ricky Diggs, who, according to their website is vice president and “SALES DIRECTOR”.
As far as we can tell, Marck Rossy did no further research regarding other options before placing poison at our homes. He did not perform due diligence with this project. Residents were NOT given the opportunity to provide feedback prior to poison being placed in our home spaces. This poison is also accessible by the public and the public has not been notified, either.
This is unacceptable.
We have done research that clearly indicates long-term, effective options other than poison. See the research post for more details.