A heavily pregnant woman is terrified to sleep at home after she discovered a rat infestation in her new house.
Rebecca Newton, who is 36 weeks pregnant with her first child, moved in to her new house on Friday, September 24 and is now worried about what diseases the rodents may be carrying.
Newton was sleeping on the sofa for the for the first two nights as her and her partner decorated the bedrooms but it was at that point she began to hear scratching and scurrying sounds through the walls.
The rats have left the 19-year-old terrified of bringing up her baby in her own home and has sometimes resulted in her sleeping at her mother’s house.
Derwent Living, the housing association in charge of the property, says it is investigating the issue.
Rebecca, who works in Matalan, said: “I’m scared to be in my home alone. I ended up staying at my mum’s house 25 minutes away for two nights because I didn’t want to be here, it’s ridiculous!
“I shouldn’t be made to feel like that when we only moved in recently. This is meant to be my first family home where I bring my newborn baby in a few weeks’ time.
“I don’t want to bring my child in this house until I know for sure the rats have gone. I would not of moved in if I knew this was the case.
“They [rats] can carry diseases and I’m not going to put my child’s health at risk because Derwent Living can’t be bothered to do their job and provide a safe home for my family.”
Rebecca, who is originally from Kirkby-in-Ashfield, in Nottinghamshire, and her partner have been left to fend off the vermin by leaving traps and filling in holes by smashing concrete paving slabs in their back garden.
At one stage she had to stand on the toilet when she saw a rat while getting out of the bath in her two-bedroom terrace, with foam needing to be used to block the hole.
They have also complained to Derwent Living about mould and damp, which was also reported to by previous tenants Langley Mill, in Derbyshire.
But Rebecca remains concerned about the problems ahead of the arrival of her baby boy next month, according to Derbyshire Live.
Did you know you can keep up to date with the latest news by signing up to our daily newsletter?
We send a morning and lunchtime newsletter covering the latest headlines every day.
We also send coronavirus updates at 5pm on weekdays, and a round up of the week's must-read stories on Sunday afternoons.
Signing up is simple, easy and free.
You can pop your email address into the sign up box above, hit Subscribe and we'll do the rest.
Alternatively, you can sign up and check out the rest of our newsletters here.
She said: “Rats are just one of the many things on a long list of problems in this house. We have complained that there is damp and mould in the house, nothing has been done about it.
“There is a problem with the windows letting a cold draught through, nothing has been done about it. The first day we came to get the keys we could smell cat faeces and saw holes in the floors. It took them a whole week to do something about it.
“None of these conditions are acceptable to live and especially not for a baby.”
Rebecca says that she has woken up to find the rat traps empty, but the bait taken, and has even resorted to more traditional methods like using pepper and covering holes with cardboard to deter the rodents.
Derwent Living has said that the issue is being investigated.
A spokesperson said: “We are working closely with our customer to rectify the issue and have arranged for pest control to visit the property on Wednesday, October 20.
“We will also be following up with an additional inspection. We will continue to monitor the situation and do everything we can to support our customers.”
But Rebecca alleges that she was told she would need to fix the problem herself, and has been left frustrated by the time taken to sort the issue.