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Buggin' - Vacant House

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BALCH SPRINGS, Texas -

A vacant house, an out-of-control yard, rodents and mosquitoes are just some of what residents in one Balch Springs neighborhood are dealing with, and they say this problem property has been buggin' them for years, so they called FOX 4's Saul Garza for help.

Debra Culberson is bugged by the house next door. "I came out here with my grandchildren…I saw this cute thing with a cute little face and thought it was a cat," said Culberson. "A possum!"

Billy Wood lives on the other side of the problem house on Squire Drive, and is also bugged by the home.

"People going in and out, rats, roaches, possums," he said. "It's just nasty, filthy, unsanitary."

The front of the house looks no different than the others homes on the same street, but go around the back, and you can see a leaning fence, nails sticking out of boards, and trash and debris everywhere.

Lately, neighbors say that homeless people have made the property their home, and Culberson and Wood both say they've been dealing with the mess for quite some time,

"My complaint has been going on with Code Enforcement for five years," said Culberson.

She says she wants something done about the property now.

Code Enforcement told FOX 4's Saul Garza that it is well aware of the property.

In fact, city crews cut the front yard a couple of months ago.

County records show the property owner is Sean Allen, whom Garza was not able to contact.

The City of Balch Springs says it hasn't had any luck either trying to track down the owner, but the city says it's working with the residents.

The property got a makeover by the city the very next day.

"They had three trucks and tons of people, and they got it done in two hours," said Culberson. "Took me five years.

A lien has been placed on the property to pay for cleanup.

If you have something that's bugging you, contact Saul at 214-468-7458. You can also find him on Facebook and Twitter.

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