A SCOT has said that her apartment has been infested with mice that run amok and leave feces on her bed and couch.
Nicola Caullay, 20, says her house in Blantyre is uninhabitable – and since the council can’t solve the problem, she had to flee.
Nicole moved into the community property in November and struggled for months getting rid of the pests as she saw her mental health deteriorate.
She said the mice scratch walls at night, run amuck in their living room and leave feces on their furniture – including in their BED.
The frustrated tenant said she had “suicidal thoughts” because of her living conditions, which authorities were unable to correct.
Pest control services have been sent out “every week since November” to lay traps and poison, but the vermin continued to swarm her home.
Nicole told Lanarkshire Live, “I sat on my couch on Sunday and a mouse went right over my foot and I just ran out. I went back to get a few things and haven’t been back since. “
“I’ve never moved in anywhere myself, so I didn’t know what to look out for.
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“A couple of days after moving in, I went into a closet and saw a huge hole, then looked in more and there were holes all over the place.
“The house was an absolute condition. I did the best I could and then I saw a case of mice. “
She says she reached out to the environmental health agency about the rodent problem, but the council was unable to get rid of it.
Nicole continued, “The mice are now walking across my bed and couch. There is feces all over my bed and couch.
“I don’t know what else to do with it. I have really bad depression and don’t know what else to do with it.
“I had suicidal thoughts about this house. I can’t even go in at the moment, it’s so bad.
“I’m staying with my mother for the moment and she doesn’t want me to go back now.”
In a rat infested property where rodents roam wild in walls and gnaw their clothes in a vermin nightmare
Nicole said her home was plagued by the smell of the mice’s urine, while her furniture was destroyed from her constant droppings.
“I spent a lot of money on the house,” said Nicole.
“My dad bought me a brand new couch and now the poop is all over the place and I have to throw it away.
“When I’m in bed I hear the mice scratching the wall, it’s awful. There are holes all over the house and now I don’t know what to do.”
Nicole has also panicked leaving the poison lying around while her young family members visit her.
“In my house now there are boxes of poison in them and I have young sisters who come by and I’m scared if they touch them.
When I’m in bed I hear the mice scratching the wall, it’s awful.
“They say they can see the mice have eaten some of it, but they don’t know where they went,” she said.
“I have a little cousin who is two years old and who walks around snapping whatever she can because she’s a toddler. I just don’t want someone to touch poison and end up in the hospital with it. “
Now Nicole is on the verge of breakdown as her mental health has deteriorated from the mouse infestation which has only “worsened”.
“It’s an absolute nightmare,” she said. “Sometimes when I’m just driving down the street I don’t even want to go into the house.
“The house smells like urine, I can’t get rid of it, it’s disgusting.”
A spokesman for South Lanarkshire Council said there had been repeated attempts to eliminate the rodents and plans to fill the huge holes in the walls.
They said: “The Council is aware of the problem with mice in Ms. Caullay’s tenancy and appreciates the concern this causes.
“Our skilled tradesman was on site five times to remedy the situation, the last time on January 6th. The bait, designed to protect against rodent infestation, is placed in a secure, tamper-proof box.
“Follow-up work is also planned to close any access holes as soon as the COVID restrictions allow, with the aim of preventing a recurrence.
“A local housing officer is in regular contact with Ms. Caullay to provide updates and support while the matter is being resolved and to help her settle in successfully in her new home.
“This also includes helping her fill out an application for the replacement of contaminated or damaged items and arranging for a thorough cleaning of the property when all the renovation work has been completed.”
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