Disabled Veteran Upset by Pests Crossing Over from Neighboring Property

2 years 6 months 4 weeks ago Monday, February 19 2018 Feb 19, 2018 February 19, 2018 10:19 PM February 19, 2018 in News

MCALLEN – A Vietnam veteran said because of his disability he’s an easy target for neighboring ants to bite.

"We were on a patrol and all of a sudden an explosion, I looked down and my leg was gone. I lost my leg out there," Noe Hurtado Jr. said.

Hurtado is a Vietnam veteran who has fought and survived each challenge life has thrown his way. He told CHANNEL 5 NEWS now there's a different kind of army invading his turf.

"There is a trail of ants about two feet wide just going through," Hurtado explained.

That's right, ants. Hurtado said these pesky buggers are driving him crazy.

He told CHANNEL 5 NEWS the insects have set up shop in an abandoned property next door. Hurtado said there are so many ants marching through his yard they've created a trail. That trail leads to his driveway.

He said that's bad news for someone who moves a lot slower than they used too.

"I have to put my legs down then hold on to my car so I can get up and in that time there is plenty of time for the ants to get on me," Hurtado explained.

Hurtado said he's tired of being attacked. So he started calling several departments at McAllen City Hall for help. None came. We headed to city hall for answers.

Marco Tovias customer services coordinator with McAllen 311 mobile app said 311 is that answer.

"It's a one-stop shop so a resident doesn't have to be calling three or four different departments. They can just give us a call and we can make the necessary work orders to whatever department it needs to go to," Tovias said.

Tovias explained complaints can be filled through the 311 app or by phone. He told us in this case code enforcement has been notified of Hurtado's neighboring army.

We reached out to code enforcement. They said they're working to resolve the issue. Hurtado hopes he can finally say goodbye to the invaders.

Code enforcement said if the owners of the property don't fix the problem within seventeen days they will hire a contractor themselves and charge the property owners.

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