Parents in Enfield said mice have been invading a local day care center for the last three weeks, and they said they were never informed until an odor was noticed inside.
On Wednesday, Eyewitness News cameras caught an unannounced visit from the North Central District Health Department, at the New England Preschool Academy in Enfield.
This visit came after health department officials said two people called them. These calls stem from complaints about mice getting into the basement of the center, which serves children from 1 to 12 years old.
Parents told Eyewitness News that they noticed an odor recently, and asked day care workers about it. That is when they found out about the mice.
According to a state statute regarding child day care centers—if pesticide applications, including rodenticides, are applied to day care centers, state law requires that the center notify parents or guardians of each child enrolled no later than 24 hours prior to such application.
The law also requires the center to tell parents the name of the active ingredient of the pesticide, the target pest, where it is being applied, and the date of the application.
The owner of the New England Preschool Academy said that she didn’t feel the need to inform parents because it is being taken care of.
The owner said an exterminator was called immediately after seeing the mice.
The landlord of the building said the treatment happened over the weekend to make sure it was safe.
The day care owner said the center will send out letters to parents, and added that the health inspector told her there is no evidence of mice in the basement, but she would not provide Eyewitness News with a copy of the report.
The health department said the case is still open.
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