Snakes, ants & trash cause concern for home in Harlingen

Big ants, snakes and trash on the lawn are just some of the complaints neigbhors have about a home in Harlingen.

Action 4 News found overgrown grass, bushes and trees at a home off East Taylor Avenue and South 12st Street.

Harlingen city ordinances require home owners to keep weeds and grass lower than 12 inches.

But if the owner refuses to cut the grass, neighbors are asked to call the Harlingen Code Enforcement office and file a complaint.

City spokesman Dave Ralph said code enforcement officers will give violators homeowners a notice and a deadline to get things up to code.

"If a neighborhood person is concerned, they should contact code enforcement and they would assist in finding the owner to detertmine are they going to be some projects to remodel, repair or improve the property," Ralph said.

But if the owner refuses to cut the grass, the city can mow the grass and bill the owner.

Action 4 News contacted the home owner.

The homeowner said she has not had time to cut the lawn but sees no problem with the wildlife in her yard.

Anyone wishing to file a complaint about an unkempt yard, is asked to call Harlingen Code Enforcement at (956) 216-5200.

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