DeKalb administrative office infested with rats



DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - Employees say a DeKalb County building is infested with rats.
A Channel 2 Action News photographer and reporter who walked through the Water Billing and Accounts Services building noticed rat traps near trash cans, exits and under desks.
The building with the rats is in the Maloof Complex and is next door to the main administrative tower.
County Spokesperson Burke Brennan told Channel 2’s Erica Byfield employees alerted leadership to the problem two weeks ago.
"It was reported that they found rat dropping at this location. This corresponded with some construction happening across the street and we thought that might be the cause of it," Brennan said.
In a 24-hour period, DeKalb County officials made 100 employees pack up and move out.
Now in the typically bustling building, Byfield found chairs and floor lamps on tops of desks.
Officials said they think the rats made their way into building through cracks and holes near the base of the building.
Brennan told Byfield crews have repaired the building.
Leaders want to go seven days without finding a rat.  Brennan said in a two week period they have found eight.
Until further notice, exterminators will inspect the building twice a day.
In the meantime, residents needing to pay water bills or adjust their service can access the water billing department on the third floor of the main administrative building.