Rodents sparks baby health fears

PUBLISHED: 12:30 28 January 2011

Nicola Fletcher with her two children, Kadie and Teegan, in thier mice-infested home.

Nicola Fletcher with her two children, Kadie and Teegan, in thier mice-infested home.

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A WESTON mum says she and her two small children have been forced out of their mice-infested home because her housing association will not get rid of the rodents.

Nicola Fletcher with her two children, Kadie and Teegan, in thier mice-infested home.

Nicola Fletcher returned from hospital two weeks ago after giving birth to her second daughter to find her Brue Close home teeming with mice.

She fears her children’s health has been affected after she had to take Kadie, her baby, to hospital because she appeared to be fitting, and her eldest daughter Teegan contracted a stomach bug.

The 21-year-old said she and her mum Wendy have contacted Raglan Housing Association on several occasions but they feel the organisation is refusing to take responsibility for the problem.

Nicola’s neighbours moved out of their property shortly before Christmas and when she arrived back home after her stay in hospital she heard scratching noises.

She said: “People said it would be birds nesting but then I found mouse droppings in the kitchen, on the deep fat fryer, on the cooker – they were everywhere.

“I went to wake my daughter up and saw a mouse running from under her bed and I saw one in the kitchen which ran through an extractor fan.”

The family moved in with Nicola’s mum and she contacted Raglan – but was told it was the responsibility of the tenant.

A contractor arranged to visit the property, but meanwhile Nicola contacted environmental protection and paid them to lay down mice traps, which take up to six weeks to kill rodents.

When the contractor visited he said his equipment is more effective but he wouldn’t put any traps down because some had already been laid.

Nicola added: “We have been living with my mum for nearly two weeks now.

“There isn’t enough room for all of us and I’m topping and tailing on the sofa with Teegan and am so upset by what has happened.

“I bumped into my old neighbours last week and they noticed things had been gnawed in the loft before they moved out, but Raglan have said there is no proof that the mice are coming from next door.”

A spokesman for Raglan said a surveyor visited the empty house as part of a routine inspection and found no sign of mice infestation.

He said: “This suggests that mice are not entering Ms Fletcher’s home from that source.”

He added that pest control is the tenant’s responsibility but Raglan will ‘assist where possible’.

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