A mum-of-two from Gedney is “at the end of my tether” with council landlords over a problem with rats that has gone on for 18 months.
Donna Pell (24) has stopped her children, aged one and two, playing outside her house in Albert Avenue after rats were seen running around in an outdoor coal shed.
The cause is thought to be a blocked drain outside Donna’s conservatory where rats have been gnawing away at cavity wall insulation, leaving sand, rubble and polystyrene balls in the drain.
Donna said: “The problem started in August 2013 when my partner and next door neighbour were cleaning out a drain that was blocked.
“They found white polystyrene balls, sand and rubble in the drain, but we thought nothing more of it.
“Then we noticed a smell coming from underneath the sink and found a hole in one of the drainpipes, along with a rat’s footprint in the drain’s contents.
“We had drainage companies and environmental health people out to fill in the hole, but then my partner kept hearing whistling at night in the wall cavity and last week, he saw a rat run across our back yard.”
Donna stopped her children playing in the back garden after she found rat footprints under their wendy house.
But despite rat poison being put down in the garden, Donna claims South Holland District Council isn’t doing enough to get rid of the rats permanently.
Donna said: “We’ve had to call pest control people out a number of times but it keeps happening and I’m now at the end of my tether with regards to the problem.
“The council doesn’t seem to be bothered and it’s really frustrating that we have to keep on reporting the problem and cleaning up the mess.
“I just want the council to come and sort it out and if they don’t do something about it, I’ll have to see whether our MP (John Hayes) can do something about it instead.”
A South Holland District Council spokesman said: “We carry out annual property inspections which includes checking for any areas which may attract rats.
“The council had previously arranged for a pest controller to deal with the rats but we have had no further contact about similar issues.
“However, work to repair the property’s drain started yesterday morning and will be completed as soon as possible.
“We would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused to the residents.”