Mum-to-be’s home is over-run with ro­dents

Rats scratch­ing around loft space above her top flat

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Edel Ke­nealy

A preg­nant woman due her first baby in just three weeks has slammed her land­lord for fail­ing to erad­i­cate rats from her Ruther­glen home.

Stephanie Sweeney who lives in a top-floor flat on West­burn Road says rats have been run­ning about her loft space for more than six weeks.

The 24- year- old, who lives alone, says she is fright­ened to bring her baby back to the flat owned by Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang Hous­ing As­so­ci­a­tion.

First think­ing the scratch­ing noise was caused by pi­geons or squir­rels, Stephanie says South La­nark­shire Coun­cil’s pest con­trol con­firmed it was rats when of­fi­cers first vis­ited her home in early Fe­bru­ary.

She said: “Pest Con­trol has been putting poi­son down and com­ing back a week later but it seems like the prob­lem is get­ting worse. There’s more and more of them and I can hear them.

“He said give me three or four days and he would get rid of them for me. “That was weeks ago.” A prison cus­tody of­fi­cer, Stephanie says the rat in­fes­ta­tion is mak­ing her ill with worry and ex­haus­tion.

She said: “I have three and half weeks left to go. I can’t sleep, it’s driv­ing me crazy.

“The hous­ing as­so­ci­a­tion keep fob­bing me off say­ing it’s not that bad. I have asked them to get me an­other house un­til it’s sorted.

“I don’t feel con­fi­dent bring­ing a baby into this. I think I’ll end up go­ing into hos­pi­tal early I’m that stressed out.

“I had to take ma­ter­nity leave early be­cause I have not been sleep­ing, I’m ex­hausted.”

A spokesman for Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang Hous­ing As­so­ci­a­tion said the en­vi­ron­men­tal ser­vices depart­ment of South La­nark­shire Coun­cil was sent to the build­ing when it was first no­ti­fied of a prob­lem on Fe­bru­ary 4.

He said: “we in­structed them to carry out the ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tion to deal with the prob­lem which in­volves weekly vis­its to traps laid by the coun­cil.

“A pos­si­ble ac­cess point was also iden­ti­fied and the as­so­ci­a­tion has sealed this up.

“We spoke to the ten­ant l a s t F r iday and she is un­der­stand­ably con­cerned at the on­go­ing sit­u­a­tion given that she is preg­nant and we asked en­vi­ron­men­tal ser­vices if they would in­crease the fre­quency of their vis­its which they have agreed to do in the cir­cum­stances.

“To­tal eradication can take sev­eral weeks but we will work with the ten­ant and en­vi­ron­men­tal ser­vices to solve the prob­lem and of­fer the ten­ant what sup­port we can.

“Un­for­tu­nately rat in­fes­ta­tions can oc­cur in ar­eas with­out any spe­cific ob­vi­ous cause and we are sat­is­fied that we have ad­dressed this promptly and taken the ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tion.”

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