Filthy houses feed and multiply bugs.
The only way to not be a bug breeding ground is to keep your property free of accumulated garbage, trash and clutter.
At Castle Property we hard to make sure all of our properties remain free of
garbage, trash and anything that will be a breeding ground for bugs. Our
properties start out without any trash when the tenants move in, but during the
year it is the responsibility of the Tenants to properly dispose of their
garbage and take it to the street for collection each week. As you can
guess some Tenants are better than others at cleaning up after themselves.
Below is a story where we fell short and were not pro-active enough with one
particular student group. Below are actual photos of how this group of
students chooses to live and the resulting need to exterminate their property.
I use this group specifically and mention the house manager by name since she
has written several "anonymous" reviews about her experiences and
mentions Castle Property and her property manager by name. Each time we
discover a new " anonymous " posting by Taylor J. Smythe of
Alexandria, Virginia, we leave a comment with the actual facts and link to this
page so her readers get a more balanced view of how she really lived.
Taylor J Smythe of Alexandria, Virginia was the house manager for a group of
tenants living at 415 N. Liberty Street for the 2011-2012 school year at JMU.
She has decided to tell half -truths and to write in the third person as though
she was simply an observer watching poor pitiful JMU students be victimized by a
ruthless landlord. A landlord so mean that they even make Tenants pay to
clean up their own trash and exterminate their own filthy property. Each
version is a little different but generally she is warning others based on
things that happened to her "friends". These
“anonymous“ reviews were sent to various locations such as the Better
Business Bureau and Opendi to name a few. Fortunately she accidently used
her JMU e-mail address and home zip code when reporting to BBB so we were able
to know who this is that is hiding behind the internet to tell her stories.
There are a few things Taylor J Smythe of Alexandria, VA forgets to add to
her reviews that would give a better view what actually happened. If she
really believed what she wrote, she would have no trouble signing her actual
name. I am attaching my name and position at Castle Property at the bottom
of this page. I am including photos of how she lived while she was the
house manager at Liberty Street. These are photos during the first and
only year of occupancy. They also show the exterminator spraying the
property as we remove their garbage for disposal. I have also included the
actual extermination bill that not only shows this happened at HER house and not
a "friend's" place. The exterminator that sees a lot of filthy
properties even marked on the bill that the property was "very dirty &
Our goal with this posting it two fold.
First and foremost, we hope to educate future Tenants that there is a strong
correlation between pest problems and proper sanitation. If you don't
believe us, ask any pest control company "what do the majority of pest
infested properties all have in common". The honest ones will tell
you that they see a lot of clutter and a lot of improperly disposed trash and
Second, don't believe anonymous reviews on the internet. They are
typically angry people with grudges that create false stories to make themselves
look like a hero or a victim. They hope to hurt someone else by pretending
to be someone else on the internet. It is your responsibility to always
correct the record when someone makes false statement about you. This
should always be done with your full name and contact information.
Rotting garbage pile left to breed bugs in a windoe alcove.
Some of the various bugs living and breeding under the pile. Roaches, beetles and ants. The exact same collection of bugs inside the house.
Exterminator spraying inside the entire property for bugs.
Exterminator in front of pile of rotting garbge removed from alcove.
Excessive garbage for an extended period of time required treatment of the entire exterior perimeter to remove the bugs.
Taylor J Smythe at lease signing.
Taylor J. Smythe's bedroom condition
Taylor J. Smythe's bedroom condition
Click for a copy of the extermination bill showing the address of Taylor's house and the condition.
This page written by:
Glenn Loucks, Property Manager
919 N. Main Street
Harrisonburg, VA 22802