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Family forced to move out of Detroit home because of animals in attic

Posted at 11:36 PM, Jan 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-16 16:25:39-05

DETROIT (WXYZ) — Some mysterious animals are squealing in the attic of a home and terrorizing a mother and child in Detroit.

The house is located on the 19000 block of Binder St. on Detroit's east side. The family who rents the home says they heard the nuisance a few weeks after moving into the space. Three months later, Brittany Jackson says the animals remain in the attic and she's concerned it could impact her son's health.

"He has asthma and other health issues," Jackson said. "And, I can't have him around this."

Her landlord and property manager refused an on-camera interview.

"I definitely feel defeated," Jackson said. "I feel like this animal has won he has taken over."

Her landlord declined an interview with7 Action News over the phone. However, he says he's tried to get Jackson help. At least three pest control companies have been to the property and traps were deployed.

Jackson's 8-year-old son, Braylon, is terrified of the animals and refuses to walk into the bathroom or sleep in his own room.

"I'm afraid it's going to chew through there and come down in the bathroom," Braylon said.

"We don't have anywhere to go," Jackson said. "I've ran out of funds to get hotels."

Meantime, they are couch-surfing and staying with relatives around town.

James Washington owns Expert Pest Control and has been in business for 30 years. He hasn't been to Jackson's house but says animals are on the hunt for warm spaces and places for their litter.

"You don't want to go in an attic where a mother has just had her litter," Washington said. "Because she will fight to take care of that liter."

He says traps should be baited with tuna. He also offered his services for free to go by the home to check out the problem.

Jackson admits she was behind in rent for one month and is now facing eviction. She plans to fight the case in court and her defense is the nuisance in her attic.

"It should of been handled right away," Jackson said. "If you got to tear the roof off there. You have a tenant here living with a child!"

A GoFundMe account has been created to help the family with relocation cost. You can donate here.