Orford mum's dead rat nightmare

Orford mum's dead rat nightmare

Orford mum's dead rat nightmare

First published in News

AN ORFORD mum says her baby is ill because dead rats are rotting in the walls of their family home.

Lindsey Wilkinson has reported the problem to Your Housing, which owns the property.

The vermin are getting in through holes in the structure of the house that need fixing, and she says repairs have been requested for weeks.

A private pest control firm has treated the property with rat poison, meaning the dead animals are causing a stench and attracting flies.

The mum-of-one said son Tommy, aged 19 months, has suffered two viral infections since a complaint was first made over the issue last month.

She said: “Apparently the viral infections could be linked to the rats.

“He has not been feeling well and his whole routine has been messed up.

“Tommy usually goes to bed at 7.30pm, but he can’t sleep in his room as the dead rats have attracted lots of flies because it stinks.

“He’s sleeping in a cot in a different room.”

Your Housing is one of the UK’s largest housing groups, after a merger between Harvest Housing Group and Arena Housing, with a portfolio of 32,000 homes.

A spokesman said it had covered the cost of the pest control visit, with further work planned.

“Pest control falls under the remit of environmental health.

“Given the resident’s circumstances Your Housing Group has instructed a contractor to visit her property, of which it will meet the charge.

“In addition, a further job has been raised to infill holes at the property.”

Ms Wilkson, whose partner Callum Finney also lives at the address, criticised the response.

She added: “Your Housing are just not interested.

“They say they have booked in an emergency appointment but aren’t coming out to fill in the holes until May 13.

“Pest control have been out and found several holes where rats are getting in, and you can hear them scratching around.

“If anymore get in I’m back to square one.”

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2:27pm Fri 9 May 14

richiepooh says...

Buy a can of foam filler £5, fill the holes up yourself...its not rocket science.
Buy a can of foam filler £5, fill the holes up yourself...its not rocket science. richiepooh
  • Score: 5

8:34pm Fri 9 May 14

moleogod says...

richiepooh wrote:
Buy a can of foam filler £5, fill the holes up yourself...its not rocket science.
as an owner of pet rats. the very idea of foam filler is hilarious you are aware that rats can chew through metal right? foam filler is nothing to a wild rat. the problem will not be solved with a fiver clearly not rocket scientist yourself. and if its just filler to fills the holes to stop the smell that is not a solution anyone should accept. the root cause needs to be fixed. and the owners of the house are responsible to keep it in a reasonable state so GGHT need to fix it. rotting corpses in the walls is a danger to health, electrics and insulation
[quote][p][bold]richiepooh[/bold] wrote: Buy a can of foam filler £5, fill the holes up yourself...its not rocket science.[/p][/quote]as an owner of pet rats. the very idea of foam filler is hilarious you are aware that rats can chew through metal right? foam filler is nothing to a wild rat. the problem will not be solved with a fiver clearly not rocket scientist yourself. and if its just filler to fills the holes to stop the smell that is not a solution anyone should accept. the root cause needs to be fixed. and the owners of the house are responsible to keep it in a reasonable state so GGHT need to fix it. rotting corpses in the walls is a danger to health, electrics and insulation moleogod
  • Score: 2

9:34pm Fri 9 May 14

dodobird says...

I am really amazed at some of the things that people go the newspapers with!What does she want, a new house? Take the kid to a doctor, get a medical certificate saying that he is suffering because of this problem, and give it to the authorities!
I am really amazed at some of the things that people go the newspapers with!What does she want, a new house? Take the kid to a doctor, get a medical certificate saying that he is suffering because of this problem, and give it to the authorities! dodobird
  • Score: 4

5:37pm Sat 10 May 14

Cheap Mower says...

Or maybe get a job and pay for it to be done yourself
Or maybe get a job and pay for it to be done yourself Cheap Mower
  • Score: 6

10:39pm Sat 10 May 14

Russiandoll59 says...

Whether she has a job or not is not an issue here. She is a tenant meaning the landlord/owner is responsible for doing the work. Working or not,it isn't down to her to pay for it or resolve the problem.
Whether she has a job or not is not an issue here. She is a tenant meaning the landlord/owner is responsible for doing the work. Working or not,it isn't down to her to pay for it or resolve the problem. Russiandoll59
  • Score: 2

10:14am Sun 11 May 14

local man says...

Get your partner to bay a bag of sand cement mortar and fill the holes. It will be less than £5.Or I'll do it for £20. Regardless of who's responsibility it is your health and living conditions have to be worth that much without even bringing the baby into it. You'll have spent more time getting ready for the WG visit than you would have filling the holes unless you live in a colander. As a temporary measure you can stuff holes with steel wool, rats can't chew through it. And unfortunately kids do get ill sometimes, it may be linked to just about anything.
Get your partner to bay a bag of sand cement mortar and fill the holes. It will be less than £5.Or I'll do it for £20. Regardless of who's responsibility it is your health and living conditions have to be worth that much without even bringing the baby into it. You'll have spent more time getting ready for the WG visit than you would have filling the holes unless you live in a colander. As a temporary measure you can stuff holes with steel wool, rats can't chew through it. And unfortunately kids do get ill sometimes, it may be linked to just about anything. local man
  • Score: 4

9:41pm Sun 11 May 14

ChrisNJ says...

Although we are not in the same circumstances as this girl, we feel as if we are in a similar boat to her, as we have a young 3 month old baby, and suffer from ALOT of damp in our property and despite countless reports, "building inspectors" promises of it being sorted since our baby was 2 weeks old, nothing has ever materialised. YOUR housing, are absolutely useless when it comes to customer care, take the rent money quick enough but when it comes to the care of the homes they couldnt give a monkeys. and before any smart alecs try to say the damp is caused by a fault on our part, this is not the case
Although we are not in the same circumstances as this girl, we feel as if we are in a similar boat to her, as we have a young 3 month old baby, and suffer from ALOT of damp in our property and despite countless reports, "building inspectors" promises of it being sorted since our baby was 2 weeks old, nothing has ever materialised. YOUR housing, are absolutely useless when it comes to customer care, take the rent money quick enough but when it comes to the care of the homes they couldnt give a monkeys. and before any smart alecs try to say the damp is caused by a fault on our part, this is not the case ChrisNJ
  • Score: 0

1:01pm Mon 12 May 14

richiepooh says...

moleogod wrote:
richiepooh wrote:
Buy a can of foam filler £5, fill the holes up yourself...its not rocket science.
as an owner of pet rats. the very idea of foam filler is hilarious you are aware that rats can chew through metal right? foam filler is nothing to a wild rat. the problem will not be solved with a fiver clearly not rocket scientist yourself. and if its just filler to fills the holes to stop the smell that is not a solution anyone should accept. the root cause needs to be fixed. and the owners of the house are responsible to keep it in a reasonable state so GGHT need to fix it. rotting corpses in the walls is a danger to health, electrics and insulation
Really!!, so what do you keep your rats in? Titanium cages? the foam filler is to keep them out.,. not in, any halfwit would know they take the path of least resistance unless forced to, so no, I'm not a rocketscientist, but I'm not a halfwit either. foam filler is what the professionals use to block holes such as those used by rodents. I think you need to go read more about pest control.
[quote][p][bold]moleogod[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]richiepooh[/bold] wrote: Buy a can of foam filler £5, fill the holes up yourself...its not rocket science.[/p][/quote]as an owner of pet rats. the very idea of foam filler is hilarious you are aware that rats can chew through metal right? foam filler is nothing to a wild rat. the problem will not be solved with a fiver clearly not rocket scientist yourself. and if its just filler to fills the holes to stop the smell that is not a solution anyone should accept. the root cause needs to be fixed. and the owners of the house are responsible to keep it in a reasonable state so GGHT need to fix it. rotting corpses in the walls is a danger to health, electrics and insulation[/p][/quote]Really!!, so what do you keep your rats in? Titanium cages? the foam filler is to keep them out.,. not in, any halfwit would know they take the path of least resistance unless forced to, so no, I'm not a rocketscientist, but I'm not a halfwit either. foam filler is what the professionals use to block holes such as those used by rodents. I think you need to go read more about pest control. richiepooh
  • Score: 1

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