Rodents Keep Social Security Office on Edge

July 6th, 2015

Rodents Keep Social Security Office on Edge

Employees at the Huntsville, Alabama Social Security office got a couple of days off last week, not by choice.  The office shut its doors due to mice, who apparently had overrun the building and needed to be removed.

Employees are still concerned about health issues associated with the mouse infestation.  Rodent droppings and urine can carry diseases, and at least one worker is uncertain how all the mice debris has been taken care of.

Employee and Service Representative Jonathan Carlson says employees haven’t been given any specifics as to how the problem was handled, and from what he knows the number of mice was significant.

“I was called by my the assistant district manager and told that the office would be closed on Thursday the 25th and Friday the 26th to clear out the dead rodents from the attic and also spread poison for any existing rodents,” Carlson said.

He went on to describe dead mice inside and outside the building.

“We were told that there have been 12 dead mice found in the ceiling and 30 to 40 dead mice surrounding the office building,” Carlson said.

Yet, despite this information there was no detailed information as to the actual extent of the problem, and how the rodent leavings were disposed of.

Carlson was told that several ceiling tiles needed replacement because they were so saturated with mouse urine.

Peter Harris, who represents government workers through Local 3438, indicated that he was informed a pest control and a cleaning service had been contracted to rid the building of its rodents.  Harris says he is still not sure exactly what was done and is awaiting better information.

Hesaid they will file an OSHA report if employee concerns are not taken seriously within the next week.

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