12 July, 2003

Packrat

And I thought my grandfather had entirely too much stuff in his house. This woman takes the cake...right out of your garbage can!

Fairfax County sanitation workers were hauling tons of trash yesterday out of Cheryl Herring's yard for the second time in less than three months when they came upon a nest of rats. As county officials watched, the rats -- adults and babies -- scurried out from the debris crammed under the back porch and scattered into the tall weeds behind the house.

"Last time, we got six tons," said Robert R. Scott, assistant superintendent of the county's solid waste division, who was supervising nine workers. Now, his crew would probably load almost that much into a garbage truck parked in Herring's driveway, he said. In late April, another crew "had cleaned all that out where they're working now."

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