Grandmother “terrified” in Borehamwood house as walls are infested with rats
A grandmother has lived in fear for 10 years as rats infest the walls of her house.
Although she had never seen one of the rodents, Liz Cunnington, of Byrone Avenue, Borehamwood, was tortured by scratching and gnawing noises for a decade.
Additionally, she has been confronted with the horror of maggots, blue bottle flies, and the “horrible” smell of rotting dead pests that permeate the walls and fill her entire home.
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The 73-year-old said: “When rats die they die in cavity walls so your whole house stinks and it’s horrible – it makes my head spin.
“It’s horrible, the first little noise you think of is them?
“Then when I come down in the morning, I’m very careful, I’ve never seen one but I’m terrified.
“I put the bait down but once they take it I’m just sitting there and waiting for the smell, it’s horrible.”
Liz has never told anyone about the rat problem for fear of being judged, but now she’s on edge.
She started hearing the scratching, in her housing association house, in 2011 and since then she has shelled out hundreds of pounds to fight pests.
Laughing, Liz said: “I have a good friendship with the pest control man now, he says” oh it’s you, I thought I hadn’t seen you in a while “.
“I’m trying to shed some light, but it’s really, really bad.”
But 10 years later, environmental health, pest control companies and a surveyor from the Clarion Housing Association, which manages the property, haven’t been able to tell Liz how rats are infiltrating her. house, she says.
She said: “I asked the council to investigate the drain, but they say it’s not broken.
“I did a pest control and my whole sidewalk in front of my house collapsed and there are rats underneath.
“Someone suggested that I fill in the gaps with concrete, but if I soil the building and don’t fix the problem, what happens then, they’ll return it to my fault.”
A spokesperson for Clarion said: ‘We are aware of the persistent problem with rats in Ms Cunnington and unfortunately the problem returned after our contractors last completed a treatment program in August 2020.
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“A surveyor visited the property to investigate and we arranged with Ms. Cunnington to have our pest control contractors perform a new inspection on September 30 to find possible solutions.
“We appreciate the inconvenience this has caused Ms. Cunnington and will continue to work to find a solution as quickly as possible, while keeping her closely informed as we move forward.”
Liz says that if she had owned her house for 47 years, she would have ripped the kitchen from the front of her house to find the source of the problem.
It’s the right size for her family to visit, she’s close to her neighbors and she has a great view so she knows this is the perfect house for her but she wants the rats to go away.
She and her family reached out to Neighborhood Councilor Michelle Vince for help.
The Labor Party representative for Borehamwood Cowley Hill said: “It’s horrible and it’s across Borehamwood. I’ve been contacted by several people in 6 different areas about rats.
“I think with the amount of construction going on, a logistical approach needs to be taken. Stopping the rats and pest control needs to be a top priority.”
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