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Ant-man ruins house with poison bombs
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Ant-man ruins house with poison bombs

Published: 22 Nov 2012 15:29 GMT+01:00
Updated: 22 Nov 2012 15:29 GMT+01:00

The couple named only as Lars and Patricia K. were so annoyed by an infestation of ants in their nice, new house in Burscheid near Cologne that they called a pest exterminator to get rid of them, the regional Express newspaper wrote on Thursday.

But unluckily for them, the man they employed was an over-enthusiastic amateur who was not even registered with the local Chamber of Industry and Commerce.

"He put smoke bombs around the house and used hundreds of times the permitted dosage," a witness told the paper.

And when the couple returned home 24 hours later - with their two-year-old son - they were devastated to see what had happened.

"The wallpaper had come off, all the pictures had fallen off the walls," they told Express.

The place stank strongly of chemicals and was obviously uninhabitable. An environmental auditor was called out, and said the highly concentrated poison had gone deep into the walls and could not be removed.

The house, which had only been built two years ago, was so contaminated it was demolished on Wednesday, but the cellar has been left in place for further investigation, wrote the paper, in case the ground under the house was also contaminated.

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18:29 November 22, 2012 by raandy
This Guy's philosophy is "if a little bit is good a lot more is better"
08:11 November 23, 2012 by rfwilson
So, what is the significance of the silicon IC chip that the ant is holding?
09:05 November 23, 2012 by Ectherion
This guy has destroy the life of this family (I don't think they will get any money from the insurance), I hope that he will at least serve some years in prison...
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