A family have been forced to stop their children playing outside as their street is being plagued by rats.
Chantelle lives with her two children, aged two and six months, in Rowland Avenue, off Field Street, near Holderness Road.
For the past six months, the 21-year-old claims dozens of rats have been swimming up through drains and feasting on rubbish left abandoned in a nearby tenfoot, with the animals then scurrying around in her garden.
Chantelle says she has contacted Hull City Council on multiple occasions regarding the infestation and the amount of rubbish being dumped near her house, but she claims she was given a list of instructions to complete.
Zach, the father of Chantelle’s children, said: “Chantelle was sent a list of things to do like making sure no food or rubbish was being dumped and not to have bird feeders.
“The council said if the rats didn’t go away after filling out the list of instructions they would come and put poison down, but they haven’t.
“It’s not her rubbish in the tenfoot and she’s not leaving food out, but it seems Chantelle has to deal with the rats herself.
“I’m worried for my children. We’ve not been letting them outside because of all the rats and we don’t want them catching anything.
"The council need to be doing more to stop this."
Footage taken by the family shows rats on top of the bins and also under drainage pipes in the garden.
They have had metal grates fitted over the drains to stop the rats swimming up, but they say there are still six to 12 rats out at all times of the day.
“The house has concrete floors so we’re not concerned about rats coming in the house, but it’s the fact they’re always outside”, said Zach, who is also 21.
“Something needs to be done about the rubbish in the area.”
A spokeswoman for Hull City Council said: “We received a service request from [Chantelle] on January 8, stating rats had been seen in the garden of her property.
Watch: Zach talking about the rats in Rowland Avenue
“As is our normal practise, an advice sheet was sent, explaining how to reduce the likelihood of attracting rats to her garden (for example restricting access below decking, and discontinuing actions which could provide food for rats – feeding the birds for example).
“Service users are advised to contact us again if problems persist after the suggested actions have been taken.
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[Chantelle] made contact at shortly before 4pm on Thursday, February 20. We will respond to this request within our stated timescale of three working days.”