Residents could soon be cited for having too many weeds

Monica Cortez(KTSM)

POSTED: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 - 5:48pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 1:13am

With all the rain falling in the borderland El Paso residents are expected to keep their yards free of weeds.

City officials could soon be knocking at your door if you don't keep your property weed free. But it’s the definition of property that could get residents into trouble.

"Property owner is responsible for their entire property, and even the parkway, which is the area between the curb and the sidewalk," said Elda Rodriguez Hefner, Manager of Code Compliance.

Hefner said El Paso residents are responsible for keeping their property clean including the front yard, the back yard, and the parkway that extends from the home owner’s property.

And Hefner warns if you decide not to clean up, city officials will cite you.

"They go and clean up the property and then bill the property owner," said Hefner.

But some residents said it’s hard to keep a clean yard and chase weeds with a weed whacker when it’s raining every other day.

"I cleaned the whole thing filled up my trash barrel and Thursday rained a lot and now look," said Aurora Sanchez, East El Paso resident.

City officials said because of the rain so far, Code Compliance officers will be more vigilant the next 5 weeks making sure you keep up with your yard.

"Code Compliance will be out there 7 days a week so we urge everybody to get out there and clean up your weeds,” said Hefner.

Weeds are not the only problem that come along with the rain. It also brings out a lot of unwanted guests, such as cockroaches and other insects.

One bug expert said the best way to keep them out of your home is by sealing every possible opening.

"The garage door, the windows, the main door and even around the toilet and bath tub,” said Gustavo Rodriguez Jr, Manager of A Pest Pest Control. “Make sure everything is sealed."

And Aguirre said even though bugs tend to appear the most during rainy days, these are the worst times to call an exterminator.

“We usually recommend our customers to cancel their services because we need dry conditions outside of the house to spray because we need at least 20 minutes for the chemicals to settle in the earth,” said Rodriguez.

Both Las Cruces and El Paso will be busy getting rid of bugs and weeds these next several days after the storms clears.

As we reported yesterday, Las Crucens are already getting fined for having too many tall weeds on their property, and El Paso can soon expect the same.

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