WARSAW — As of Wednesday, Aug. 31, the Victory Hotel, located at 223 W. Jefferson St., Warsaw, remains infested with maggots, cockroaches and bedbugs.
During trash pick-up on Wednesday, City of Warsaw Street Department workers noticed the dumpsters were crawling with cockroaches, maggots, bed bugs and flies.
“This is just a constant problem with this location,” mentioned one of the employees who wished to remain anonymous.
On Aug. 3, The Kosciusko County Health Department declared the Victory Hotel a public health nuisance and unsafe premises. According to Bill Baxter, environmental scientist for the Kosciusko County Health Department, the property owner has been working with the health department to get rid of the problem.
“One treatment is not going to solve this problem,” said Baxter. “This is going to be a process, it’s going to be a while.”
The apartments began pest control treatment with Orkin on Aug. 30. It may be a few more months until the problem is totally solved and the pests are gone.
A notice posted inside the apartment notified all residents that the treatment would be taking place. Residents were notified that a thermal treatment would be taking place, causing the building to reach temperatures of 140 degrees Fahrenheit for over an hour. Residents were instructed to remove all animals, plants, electronics and combustible materials from the apartments.
If the apartment owners keep up with the pest control treatments and the treatments are successful, the apartment will remain open for residents.