Family unable to leave their home as disease-infected rats run riot in garden

A family claim they have been abandoned by their council in a battle against a rat infestation outside their home, which has forced them to remain indoors.

Mum Chantelle, who did not give her last name, said the rodents have been scurrying up the drains and around her garden while eating rubbish left in a nearby tenfoot.

The past six months, the 21-year-old and her family have become prisoners in their own home and are desperate for Hull City Council to take action.

Despite having metal grates fitted over the drains to prevent access by the furry intruders, the family – including the restless children, aged two and six months – claim there are still up to a dozen loitering outside.

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Chantelle said she has called the council several times about the rats and amount of litter dumped near her home, reports HullLive .

She said, however, even after completing a list of instructions the council has not kept its side of the bargain by coming to put poison down to resolve the matter once and for all.

Zach, the father of Chantelle’s children, who also did not wish to give his full name, said the list included "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," he continued.

“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, hence why the grates were installed.

“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,” he added.

A spokeswoman the council said: “We received a service request from [Chantelle] on January 8, stating rats had been seen in the garden of her property.

“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.

"[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,” she added.  

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