Neighbors fear cockroach infestation at vacant South Domedion Ave home will spread

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — “We’ve seen these roaches crossing the street and coming towards our property,” said neighbor Juawana Sapp.

A home at 41 South Domedion Avenue is infested with cockroaches. It’s been vacant since the end of May, left behind trashed by the former tenants. Neighbors are afraid it won’t be long before their homes are infested too.

“They take over neighborhoods, they take over a whole house they can do it in a matter of days and by this going on so long they’re everywhere now,” said Germaine Mcdow, neighbor.

Neighbors say cockroaches in garbage totes outside of the home are making their way through the neighborhood.

“A few of my neighbors have found them in their homes I have found them in my garbage can I also found them in my driveway. for a month they would not pick up garbage at the residents because of the roaches being there you literally visibly see them coming out of the garbage bags,” said Sapp.

The landlord says an exterminator has been going to the property at least twice a month. But neighbors say the roaches are spreading, and they shouldn’t have to bear the cost.

“If one gets their home exterminated and one can’t afford it it’s going to go to that house and then it may come back. You know it’s very costly,” said Janeria Burden, neighbor.

“As a city going to remove the cans from the premises they were sprayed yesterday, we’re going to remove them today and hopefully that will stop any roaches from being on the outside of this property,” said Rich Fontana, Lovejoy District Council Member.

Fontana says the roaches have taken hold of the vacant house and it could take up to 6 months to get rid of them completely.

The landlord says she’s starting there but she can’t pay for other homes on the street to be exterminated. She says she is taking the former tenants to court. Meanwhile the tenants have moved only a couple streets away to Countess Street.
As for the neighbors, Fontana says if their homes become infested they could sue the landlord. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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